Every child custody decision is based on what is in the best interests of the children. Parents, whether married or not, need to show that every decision they make- where the child lives, who makes the key decisions for the children, where the child goes to school - is for their children's best interest. Custody in Tennessee is decided as part of the divorce proceedings if the parents are married. It is decided as part of a custody case if the parents are unwed.
The Middle Tennessee child custody attorneys at The Law Office Of Tara Carter understand how important it is for parents to provide for their sons and daughters. We work to show our clients are best suited to provide for their children on a daily and long-term basis. Our child custody attorneys negotiate strong parenting plans. In some cases, we suggest that mediation can help resolve child custody decisions without placing pressure on the children. When necessary, we present your custody case before the family court judge.
All custody agreements or orders must be made part of a permanent parenting plan. The key parts of the permanent plan parenting are deciding:
Physical custody. This custody type determines where the child will reside. One parent is generally designated the primary residential parent while the other parent is the alternate residential parent. The primary residential parent is the parent with whom the child spends the majority of his/her time. During the time a child is with a parent, that parent is responsible for feeding the child, getting the child to school, disciplining the child, and monitoring the child's activities and friends.
Legal custody. This custody type determines who makes crucial long-term decisions for the child such as which schools the child attends, the child's religious upbringing, and healthcare decisions for the child. Legal custody is often shared between both parents.
Additional parenting issues. The parenting plan should detail many other decisions such as how holidays and vacations are handled, the transfer of the child from one parent to the other, and how disputes will be resolved.
The primary consideration is what is in the best interest of the child. The factors that judges consider to determine what is in the child's best interests are:
Sometimes, a parent needs to move to another home in Tennessee or across state lines. Tennessee has strict requirements for parents who want to move to another state or 50 miles or more away from their current home. The key requirement is that they must give the other parent at least 60 days' notice of the move. The notice should set forth:
At The Law Office Of Tara Carter, we understand how upsetting divorce and separation are for children and parents. We work with counselors, teachers, parents, and their families to document and prove that what is in the best interests of the children is what our client wants for the child. To discuss how our respected Middle Tennessee child custody attorneys can guide you through the custody process, please call us at (615) 495-6000 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment. We represent parents who live in Lebanon, Brentwood, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Nashville, and the surrounding areas.