Clarksville Child Custody Attorneys Help Parents Resolve Disputes
Tennessee law firm assists clients in negotiating and drafting parenting plans
During a divorce, Tennessee family law courts have the power to determine which parent will have primary custody of a child and what visitation will be allowed. The compassionate attorneys at the law firm of Bateman & Bateman, P.C. in Clarksville work hard to ensure a custody arrangement that is favorable to you and your children. In general, courts avoid giving sole physical custody to one parent, and instead award some form of joint or shared custody. We give each client personalized attention to help find the custody-sharing arrangement that will work best for their family, whether it is negotiated through a parenting plan or decreed by a judge.
Parenting responsibilities redefined
The Tennessee Parenting Plan law went into effect on January 1, 2001. The concepts of custody and visitation were replaced with the concept of parenting responsibilities, encouraging parents to work together in the best interests of their children. A parenting plan outlines who will make the major decisions, including education, religion and medical care, and also stipulates how parents will resolve future issues regarding their children. Our dedicated attorneys work to create a parenting plan that is right for your family.
Parenting plan considerations
Ideally, a parenting plan is developed by agreement between you and your spouse, either with or without the assistance of a mediator. If you and your spouse cannot agree on a parenting plan, then the court, after a trial, will decide on a parenting plan. These agreements are designed to foster co-parenting. You and your spouse need to consider many issues, including who will be responsible for:
- Transporting your child to and from school and after-school activities
- Caring for your child if he or she is sent home from school early due to illness
- Bringing your child to doctors’ appointments
- Transporting your child and your child’s pets between homes
The parenting plan law requires the use of standardized forms that outline specific times and details. Our child custody attorneys focus on smoothing out the rough spots in these complex arrangements so that you and your former spouse clearly understand the details.
Factors influencing judicial custody orders
When parents can’t agree, Tennessee courts decide on custody based on the needs of each child and the capabilities of each parent. Some factors weighed by family courts in deciding custody include:
- The child’s relationship with each parent and his or her siblings
- Whether a parent has served as the child’s primary caregiver
- Stability in the child’s living situation
- The character of other people regularly present in a parent’s home
- The preference of the child, especially that of older children
Our family law attorneys have both the experience and knowledge to help Clarksville parents seek a custody award in court that puts their child’s best interests first.
Call our Tennessee family law attorneys for help settling your custody dispute
Bateman & Bateman, P.C. is a Clarksville, Tennessee child custody law firm whose members have more than 60 years of combined legal experience. Our innovative family law attorneys are experienced, focused and dedicated to getting you the best result possible. Call us today at 931-647-5959 or contact us online to discuss your parenting plan concerns.