Stay Apart and Shut Up, Judge Tells Lorrie and Sammy

New Order Dictates Behavior for Warring Stars

A Nashville circuit court judge has issued an order to keep Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw at a safe distance from each other and forbidding the combative duo from maligning each other in the media or talking about terms of their impending divorce. Originally, the two singers, each of whom had sought court protection from the other, were scheduled to appear Tuesday (Nov. 25) for a hearing in Nashville’s Eighth Circuit Court. The newest order, issued Nov. 21, made that appearance unnecessary.

In the “agreed order,” Judge Carol L. Salomon who is overseeing the case, wrote that each party is prohibited from “going about the other party or the other party’s children or family members for any purpose, whatsoever, pending a final hearing on this matter, except as may be agreed between the parties through counsel for purposes of identifying and dividing items of household furnishings and personal property.”

Furthermore, the order decrees, neither party to the divorce is to contact the other “for any purpose . . . by any method, including, but not limited to, telephone, e-mail, Internet, U. S. postal service or any other method pending a final hearing.” Nor are the two to access “the rented storage units containing . . . items of the parties’ household furnishings and personal property” or to remove anything from the units, “except by mutual agreement . . . through counsel.”

Salomon instructed the pair not to make “negative or derogatory comments” about the other to “members of the press” nor to “discuss the pending divorce proceedings with the media.”

Finally, the order restrains Morgan and Kershaw from “removing any items of memorabilia, furnishings or equipment” in their jointly operated restaurant,”

In earlier actions, each singer accused the other of physical violence and asked for court protection.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to