Protect Your Parent-Child Relationship Beyond Your Divorce Or Separation
If you are like most parents considering a divorce, your child’s well-being is at the top of your list of priorities. Even if you feel you cannot put your marriage back together, you no doubt want to preserve your child’s future. For many families after divorce or separation, this means sharing custody, devising a custody and visitation (parenting time) schedule, and establishing child support. You may also need to decide who will claim your child on taxes, who will pay for and carry your child on health insurance, and how you will make decisions for your child after the divorce. An experienced family law attorney will make sure you have all the information you need to decide your child’s future and that no important issues are left unaddressed.
Do you find it difficult to imagine interacting or even co-parenting with your soon-to-be ex-spouse on a regular basis after your divorce or custody case is over? Yes, the transition can be difficult, but our experienced attorneys at Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP, can help you find ways forward by helping you successfully manage these challenges for the benefit of your child, as well as helping you enforce your custody order if necessary. Consult with one of our child custody attorneys for guidance.
About Child Custody In Tennessee
When child custody and visitation are in question, Tennessee courts first look to the best interest of the child. Contrary to popular belief, children do not get to decide with which parent they live, or what their parenting schedule will look like, until they are adults. Instead, regardless of a child’s age, the court will look at best interest as well as many other factors in determining child custody and visitation, such as:
- How best to maximize participation of each parent in their child’s life
- The strength and stability of the child’s relationship with each parent, including love and affection between each parent and the child
- The child’s relationship with siblings and other relatives
- The child’s involvement with their physical surroundings
- Whether one parent has done most of the child-rearing so far
- The willingness of each parent to facilitate a continuing close parent-child relationship with the other parent
- Any history of either parent denying the other parent court-ordered parenting time
- Willingness to attend court-ordered parent education seminars
- The ability of each parent to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care and education
- Emotional needs and developmental level of the child
- Fitness of each parent
- Continuity and stability
- The child’s reasonable preference if age 12 or over (note that this does not mean your child can choose where they live at this age, but they may have some input into the case)
- Parents’ employment schedules
To make sure your proposed parenting time schedule aligns with legal requirements, our custody lawyers will put their experience to work for you. We can help you create a parenting plan that complies with Tennessee law, is in your child’s best interest, and is likely to be approved. Ideally, you and the other parent will collaborate to make this happen, and we can guide you through this process. However, even if you have to go to court to set your parenting plan/visitation schedule, child support, and more, we are here to help.
Create A Parenting Plan That Will Work For You And Your Child
Our child custody and support team can help you pursue parenting time and your child’s best interest whether you and your co-parent have already agreed, if mediation is required or at trial. We share your passion for protecting your child’s well-being in a difficult family situation.
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