Child Custody & Parenting Plans

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The courts have the authority and the duty to determine the best interests of minor children, which includes the ability to override the wishes of the parents if the court deems it appropriate.

Courts have recognized the importance of balancing time between both parents to ensure frequent and continuing contact after a divorce.

Courts also encourage parents to share in the responsibilities of childrearing.  Tennessee requires every divorce to have a Permanent Parenting Plan, either agreed upon by the parties or ordered by the Court.  Crafting intricate parenting plans can be difficult in their own right, and the process if further complicated by the injection of emotion.

The courts sit as parens patriae, meaning they have the authority to determine the best interests of minor children, often overriding the wishes of the parents, if the court deems appropriate. Courts have recognized the importance of balancing time between parents to ensure frequent and continuing contact after a divorce. Courts also encourage parents to share in the responsibilities of childrearing. Crafting intricate parenting plans can be difficult in their own right, and the process if further complicated by the injection of emotion. Issues related to children can turn a divorce into a very complicated, hotly contested proceeding.