Child Custody in Tennessee

Experienced Murfreesboro child custody lawyers protect your best interests

One of the most stressful aspects of divorce is the potential loss of guardianship over the children.  When a family is split apart, it’s hard to know what the right decision is. Child custody can often be a messy, heart-wrenching series of court and family hearings that cross between what is best for the children and what is desired by parents or guardians. When it comes to matters of divorce and child custody, the Murfreesboro child custody lawyers at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley Attorneys at Lawhave more than 40 years of combined experience on your side.

How is child custody generally decided in Tennessee?

Thanks to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) of 1979, the ruling for the child custody agreement depends on the child’s home state. This law was created to eliminate child abductions and protect the child and the family from the non-custodial parent, and each state operates with its own specifics around the ruling. Child custody in Tennessee is awarded to one or both of the parents. The largest consideration is which parental situation would be most beneficial for the children.  However, if the court can determine that the child or children were willfully abandoned by one parent for 18 months or longer, custody rights will automatically be limited to the other parent.

What privileges are awarded to noncustodial parents?

Noncustodial parents have the following rights:

  • Access to the child via e-mail, which is private from the other parent
  • The right to directly access records from and have correspondence with the child’s school
  • Phone calls twice a week that are uninterrupted by the other parent
  • The right to receive medical records
  • The right to be given at least 48 hours of notice before an extra-curricular activity
  • The right to receive an itinerary from the custodial parent if the parent is traveling for more than 2 days outside the state with the child
  • The right to participate in the child’s education and development
  • The requirement to not be derogatory about family members in the presence of the child

Our Murfreesboro child custody lawyers make custody agreements easier

No matter the difficulty, our trained Murfreesboro child custody attorneys assure that your needs are heard and work hard to make the process easy on you and your children. At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley Attorneys at Law, we help families just like yours find their way safely through domestic matters. We provide personalized attention and take action to quickly resolve family disputes. Call us at 615-893-1331 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Murfreesboro office. Evening and Saturday appointments available.