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An overview of child custody laws in Tennessee

Separating from the other parent of your children will likely mean that you’ll both have to figure out a way to share custody. If you have an amicable relationship with your ex, this might be relatively simple. In this case, you would be able to work together to create a routine for your child that is in harmony with both of your schedules.

Many times, however, exes fight about how they should distribute their child’s care. In some cases, both parents want full custody, and in others, parents cannot agree on how their child should be reared. If you are in this situation, you should first gain an understanding of the child custody laws in place in Tennessee.

The best interests of the child

If a child custody case is brought to the Tennessee courts, the courts will always strive to make a decision based on what is in the best interests of the child.

Therefore, they may decide to limit visitation if one parent is deemed to be a risk. For example, if one parent has a history of domestic abuse or alcohol and drug abuse, they may only be permitted to see their child in a visitation center.

The child custody courts will also take into account both parents’ parenting skills, mental and physical health, the stability of their home environment and community and the bond that they have with their child.

If you are currently embroiled in a child custody dispute in Tennessee, you should take action to understand exactly how the law will apply to you in your individual situation.


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