Determining Child Custody

For most Tennessee parents, their children's well-being is their top priority. Divorce is a huge life change, especially for the kids, but you do not have to put their safety and development at risk.

Green, Waters Ogle and McCarter helps clients preserve their parental rights in child custody cases. Attorney Michael Green provides tough, reliable representation backed by his years of experience as a family law lawyer.

Determining Child Custody In Tennessee

In Tennessee, when parents who are getting divorced or do not live together cannot agree on a child custody plan, the matter generally ends up in family court. The judge must make the best interests of the children the sole consideration when deciding on a custody plan. Each child is unique, and there are many factors to consider, such as:

  • The child's age
  • The child's educational needs
  • How far apart the parents live
  • Any special health care needs the child has

Depending on the evidence presented at the hearing, the judge may decide to split custody between the parents, or grant sole child custody to one parent, reserving visitation rights for the other. No matter the outcome, both parents usually share legal child custody, which gives them the right to help make important decisions about the child's upbringing, such as their religious practices and where they will go to school.

Dealing With Child Custody? You Need A Lawyer.

Whatever you want the result of your child custody dispute to be, you need experienced legal help. Michael Green has represented hundreds of parents and successfully preserved their parental rights.

For a free initial consultation with Michael, please call our Sevierville office at 865-429-3600, or visit our Contact page to fill out our intake form.