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Overcoming addiction to win back child custody

You love your child and want to provide a good, stable home for them. As much as you want to help your child grow and succeed, addiction is a monster you just can't seem to escape. A judge decided you were "unfit" and denied guardianship or custody rights to protect your child, but this doesn't mean you can't earn them back.

Mom concerned over son's apparent indoctrination

Child custody is already a very sensitive issue that divorcing parents in Knoxville have to deal with. When similarly sensitive matters like the religious upbringing of children is thrown into the mix (particularly when parents have conflicting views on faith), relations between them can become hostile. State law requires that parents work together to decide upon important matters such as religious, athletic and scholastic pursuits, yet successfully making such decisions together may be difficult. As religious beliefs can have a profound effect on one's emotional and mental well-being, many may view one parent trying to aggressively indoctrinate a child as being potentially harmful. 

Barriers to child custody during divorce

In the past, Tennessee courts operated under the widely held presumption that sole or majority custody by one parent suited a child's best interests after a divorce of the child's parents. Shifting national and state attitudes towards custody currently challenge this legal preference, but there are still criteria which, when satisfied by one of the parents, preclude that parent's sole, partial or joint custody of the child in question.

State law requires maximum parenting for both parents

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.

What should you know about child custody?

Divorcing parents in Knoxville not only have to worry about settling financial situations, but they also have to deal with child support, custody, and more. At the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie, your questions about child custody disputes will be answered fully as we help you walk down this difficult path.

Is joint legal custody beneficial?

As divorcing Knoxville parents know, there are many things to take into consideration when going through the split. For example, deciding who will have primary custody of the children is usually at the top of the list. But did you know that joint custody may also be beneficial?

Can I change my child custody order?

While you may have hoped that all negotiations and discussions would be completed in the courtroom when the judge declared your divorce final, the truth is that situations can change and issues can arise that may require you to adjust your Tennessee child custody arrangements. While this is possible, there are certain rules you must follow and qualifications you must meet in order to have any changes approved.

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