Murfreesboro Child Custody Lawyers Facilitate Parenting Plans That Work for All

Divorce is hard on the entire family

You made the hard decision to get a divorce. It broke your heart to tell your children. In fact, you may have put off the divorce for their benefit. Now you have to go through the custody process. You are overwhelmed. At Kidwell, South, Beasley and Haley, we have helped many individuals along this emotional path, and we can help you. Our experienced child custody lawyers support you in establishing your custom-parenting plan.

Child custody terminology

Individuals often find themselves dazed by legal terminology. You have probably heard jokes about lawyers and language. Well child custody is full of strange words. Tennessee courts have adopted certain important terms just for this process.

  • Primary residential parent: This term refers to the individual with whom the children live for more than half of the year, even if it is just one day. This parent does not have more legal rights than the other.
  • Alternative residential parent: The parent with whom the children live for less than half the year.
  • Split parenting: This may only occur when there are two or more children of the same parents. One child spends more than 50 percent of the time with one parent and the other spends more than 50 percent of the time with the other parent.
  • Parenting plan: In other states this is often called a custody visitation order. It is a legal document that outlines each parent’s duties and obligations with respect to the care of their children.

Legalese is confusing. Our child custody lawyers guide and help you so that you do not feel like an outsider in a strange land. We make sure you understand what is going on every step of the way.

Tennessee parenting plans

In Tennessee custody and visitation orders take the form of parenting plans. These plans attempt to foresee and provide for all the present and future needs of your children. A fully developed parenting plan should minimize the need for future modifications to the plan.

Parenting plans should delineate the responsibilities and duties for each parent with respect to the following:

  • Parental residential schedules
  • Child support
  • Health insurance
  • Medical Expenses
  • Tax Exemptions
  • Allocation of decision making

Courts evaluate many factors when reviewing a parenting plan. Their goal is to approve a plan that is in the best interests of your children. Toward that end they examine many relevant elements, such as which parent has been the primary caregiver, each parent’s work schedule, and each parent’s ability to provide a stable environment. Although courts prefer not to change parenting plans, they may be modified if circumstances change substantially. These circumstances may include

  • Parent’s relocation
  • Parent’s inability to care for the child
  • Changes in the child’s needs

Our skilled child custody attorneys know what courts look for when scrutinizing parenting plans. We help you compose a parenting plan that has, at heart, your child’s best interests.

How is child support calculated in Tennessee?

Child support is an important component of every parenting plan. In Tennessee, an algorithm determines child support. The court awards support after examining, among other things

  • Each parent’s monthly gross income
  • Number of days each parent has with the child
  • Child care costs

Child support cannot be waived or modified without court consent. Our child custody lawyers have many years experience in this area of the law. We help you consider every factor that may affect support.

Experienced Murfreesboro child custody lawyers dedicated to the best possible outcome for you and your child

You worry about your children and so do we. Our knowledgeable Murfreesboro child custody lawyers aid you in preparing for the future. Contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today at 615-893-1331, or contact us online. We commit ourselves to working toward the best outcome for you and your child.