Experienced Franklin, Brentwood & Columbia, TN Child Custody Attorneys Protect You and Your Children
Upholding parental rights in Lawrenceburg, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill and Pulaski
Though child custody is an emotionally charged issue, it must be resolved in practical terms, by weighing the desires of the two parents against what is objectively in the best interest of the child. For more than 20 years, the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates has helped divorcing and divorced spouses understand the legal definitions of custody and implement plans that uphold their parental rights while serving their children’s needs.
Understanding Tennessee child custody law
Custody is divided into two parts: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the authority to make decisions about a child’s health and welfare, whereas physical custody is the responsibility for sheltering the child and providing for physical needs, such as food and clothing. Couples share the expenses of physical custody through child support payments. Tennessee courts decide on child custody matters based on what is in the child's best interests. They consider a number of criteria in granting sole custody or joint custody, including:
- The existing relationship between parent and child
- The parents' ability to give the child shelter, education, medical care, and the degree to which a parent has been the primary caregiver
- The parents' mental and physical health
- The parents' relationship with each other
- Importance of continuity in the child's life and the length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment
- The child's home, school, and community record
- The child's preference, if the child is 12 or older
- Any physical or emotional abuse inflicted by the parents on the child, on the other parent, or on any other person
- The parents' past and potential handling of parenting responsibilities
Our firm works to obtain fair arrangements and is active in support of fathers’ rights in divorce. Our Murfreesboro child custody attorneys also help noncustodial parents obtain the fair child visitation schedules to which they are entitled.
Tennessee attorney helps with child custody modifications in Franklin TN And Williamson County
At the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates, we facilitate child custody arrangements from the earliest stages of marital separation, with temporary custody orders. We also know that child custody issues often arise after the court orders the initial judgment. At that point, any modifications must go through the court system, but we can file your petition to modify custody and advise you about the likely outcome. We are committed to representing your rights to our utmost ability in and out of court.
Contact a determined child custody lawyer serving central Tennessee
Divorced parents rely on the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates to protect their child custody rights. For service throughout central Tennessee, call today at 615-977-9370 or use our convenient online form to schedule your free initial consultation.