One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce in Tennessee is determining the appropriate amount of child custody. While both parents would likely prefer the maximum amount of control, the final say is up to the judge. State laws have made new declarations that are offering guidance to court officials when making these decisions. We at the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie can fight for your rights and ensure that you get the amount of parenting time that you deserve.
According to the National Parents Organization, custody and divorce cases that were settled after the new bill was signed into law were required to give each parent the maximum amount of parenting time. The goal of this change was to ensure that both parents can participate in their child's life as much as possible.
Officials believe that this law needed to be put in place, but felt that certain factors needed to be considered. First, was the effects that this arrangement will have on the child's stability. If the judge or parents believe that the child will have a greater benefit from more spent in the same household, a parenting plan with less switching may be approved. The proximity of each both houses will also play a role in this decision, as will the location of the child's school and activities.
Many previously divorced parents have been concerned that this law will impact their current custody arrangement. Officials have stated that the guidelines will only apply to new cases as well as some that are submitted for modification. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.