updated 05/10/2012 AT 5:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/10/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
Reese Witherspoon’s mother has launched a legal action against the actress’s father in Tennessee, with Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon seeking to annul John Witherspoon’s new marriage on the grounds he’s still her husband.
John, 70, described as a Nashville-based physician, married a woman named Tricianne Taylor, 60, in January, according to a certificate of marriage attached to the legal papers.
The actress’s mother, who goes by the first name Betty, filed a petition for annulment, saying, “No person in Tennessee can marry another while being married at the same time of the second marriage.”