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Tennessee Child Custody Laws

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Tennessee Child Custody Laws are a little different for married parents than they are for unmarried parents. While there are several different types of custody for married parents, the rules for unmarried parents are a little more cut-and-dried.

Custody generally goes to the mother if the parents are unmarried. As a matter of fact, under Tennessee Child Custody Laws, an unwed father will get custody for his child only if he goes to court for it. And in most cases he will have to prove that the mother is somehow unfit.

Here are some basics regarding child custody. When parents divorce, the divorce decree will state whom the children will live with, as well as the visitation rights of the other parent. In most cases, the parents will work out these arrangements between themselves, sometimes with the assistance of their lawyers or a mediator. However, sometimes the court does have to step in and make decisions, specifically when the parents can’t come to an agreement, or when unmarried parents can’t agree on who will have custody of their child.

In most situations, the parent with whom the child will live most of the time is awarded physical custody. However, the parent who has physical custody of the child often shares legal custody with the non-custodial parent. Parents with legal custody are allowed to make decisions about the child’s education, religion, health care, and other concerns.

Some parents choose joint custody, in which the child or children spend an equal amount of time with both parents. Many parents choose this arrangement because it lessens the feeling of loss a child might have as a result of a divorce. However, parents who go the joint custody route must be willing to cooperate and demonstrate the ability to make joint decisions.

Another less popular option is split custody, in which the children are split between the parents. However, courts generally prefer not to separate siblings.

I hope you’ve learned something about Tennessee Child Custody Laws. Thanks for reading.

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