The overriding principle guiding Tennessee courts on child custody questions is answering the question, what is in the best interest of the child? Many children would likely be prepared to express their personal opinion about their preferred custody situation. However, whether they are allowed to have their voice heard depends to some extent on state law.
Family life is special. The love that fosters family is something worth celebrating, but it isn't always a joyous hayride. When the road gets bumpy, the laws of Tennessee are in place to try to help get us through.
Did you just turn 40 and after 10 years of difficulty in your marriage, you're gearing up for your first divorce? Because most Tennessee residents have a close friend or relative who has gone through a divorce before, it can be easy to feel like you know what divorce is all about. However, it's important to remember that just because you're familiar with divorce - either firsthand or secondhand - it does not mean that you know all the ins and outs.