Child Custody

Mar 3, 2021

What Is the Fathers’ Rights Movement?

By |March 3rd, 2021|Child Custody|0 Comments

There was a time when society and courts automatically handed over child custody and essentially total control of raising a divorced couples’ children to the mother. For a long time that was the standard without question, but it is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Fathers who were taught their place was being a [...]

Jan 20, 2021

Common Mistakes in Child Custody Plans and Agreements

By |January 20th, 2021|Child Custody|0 Comments

Ideally, parents can agree about which parent(s) will have legal and physical custody of their children and what the visitation schedules will be. Agreements are always preferable to having a family law judge who doesn’t really know your kids make the custody decisions for you. If the agreement is worded improperly, though, and doesn’t include [...]

Dec 30, 2020

Pros and Cons of Shared Custody Plans

By |December 30th, 2020|Child Custody|0 Comments

In Tennessee, there are two types of custody – physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody determines where a child lives. Legal custody determines who makes decisions about the child’s welfare and upbringing. Visitation schedules determine when a child spends time with the parent who doesn’t have physical custody. Each type of custody can be [...]

May 20, 2020

How to Modify Orders During a Pandemic

By |May 20th, 2020|Child Custody|0 Comments

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted Tennessee immensely, including the criminal justice system. The Tennessee Supreme Court has issued multiple orders suspending in-person hearings, resuming those hearings with restrictions, and preventing members of the public from attending court cases. These orders have been extended multiple times as the pandemic continues into another month. If you need [...]

Apr 16, 2020

Help for Relatives Raising the Children of Opioid Addicted Parents

By |April 16th, 2020|Child Custody|0 Comments

A lawmaker in East Tennessee wants to deliver financial assistance to grandparents and other relatives who find themselves in the unexpected position of having to raise children of parents who are addicted to opioids. Last year, Sen. Richard Briggs introduced SB0011 and is attempting to push it through the state legislature this year using unspent [...]

Feb 26, 2020

Creative Child Custody Schedules in Parenting Plans

By |February 26th, 2020|Child Custody|0 Comments

In Tennessee, every divorce decree must include a parenting plan if there are minor children. Parenting plans need to address many issues, including decisions about physical and legal custody. The plans should: Be drafted to minimize the need for modifications Set forth the basic legal and physical custody requirements Minimize the risk of “harmful parental [...]

Jan 30, 2020

Split Custody – The Good and The Bad

By |January 30th, 2020|Child Custody, Divorce|0 Comments

Split custody arrangements essentially mean that siblings are separated so the one or more children live with one parent and the siblings live with another parent. Split custody is not the same as joint custody. In joint custody arrangements, the children spend time with both parents. Typically, the parent who has joint custody will have [...]

Jul 31, 2019

What Makes a Parent “Unfit”?

By |July 31st, 2019|Child Custody|0 Comments

In Tennessee, the fitness of a parent is a factor in custody decisions. It is also a factor in termination of a parent’s rights altogether. Termination of a parent’s rights usually arises in adoption proceedings. At the core, the Tennessee courts will hesitate to declare a parent unfit to take care of their child. They [...]

Nov 7, 2018

When and How Does Tennessee Consider the Preferences of Older Children in Custody Disputes

By |November 7th, 2018|Child Custody|0 Comments

Child custody cases are among the toughest cases to handle. Asset division and support cases involve accounting for the appropriate assets, income, and debts – and then assigning a value/sum that must be paid. Custody disputes go the heart of relationships. There’s no way to split a child in half. At every level, courts and [...]

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