Like most other states, Tennessee recognizes the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which means that child custody matters are under the jurisdiction of the child’s home state. This allows states to honor child custody orders from other states to reduce the risk of a child being abducted by a noncustodial parent.
In Tennessee, not only is joint custody an option for divorcing parents, but grandparent visitation rights are also considered. If the child is old enough to make a decision about custody matters, his or her wishes will also be considered. Tennessee courts must be able to state why a particular decision is in the child’s best interests.
If you are facing divorce and the complex decisions that come with that, such as child custody, it is imperative that you understand the laws involved with these matters. At Hibbeler & Associates, we understand that child custody laws can be confusing, especially if the parents live in different states. Our team is backed by 20+ years of experience and is here to help you throughout every step of this legal process!
Parents can come to an agreement on their own and present it to the court for consideration. If no agreement is made, then the court has the authority to award custody of the children to either or both parents. The top priority is the best interests of the child, and abandonment is the key component. If one parent abandoned the child for 18 months or longer, he or she will not get custody, and visitation will be limited.
In addition, many decisions have to be made, including:
While the divorce process can be emotionally and financially draining for parents, it will take its toll on your children as well. Make sure their best interests are kept in mind. While many couples strive for joint custody so that both parents can continue caring for the kids equally, sometimes that isn’t the right option. Perhaps you desire sole custody due to issues you’ve experienced with the child’s other parent. We’ll work with you to help you get the outcome you desire.