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If you are getting divorced and have children, determining how custody is set will be one of the hardest parts of the process. Don’t go through it without experienced legal representation on your side! There are many difficult decisions you may have to make about your life and your children’s lives, as well as about their relationship with you and with the other parent. The custody arrangement will affect everyone involved and every part of your future, which is why these matters can be so delicate, emotional, and contentious. At The Law Offices of Chris Thompson, our compassionate Nashville custody lawyer can empower you to make the wisest choices and lay the best possible foundation for yourself and your kids. We will guide you every step of the way to the ideal resolution! Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal options.

How Custody Works In Tennessee

In Tennessee, divorcing parents are required to attend a parenting class, after which time they will have the opportunity to come up with a parenting plan. The parenting plan is essentially a roadmap for what the responsibilities of each parent and realities of family life will be going forward. It may include details regarding:

  • Who the children will live with, and when (note that one parent must be declared legally as the primary residential parent even if time is split an even 50%
  • Who the children will spend holidays and other special occasions with
  • Where the children will attend school
  • What religion the children will be brought up in, if any
  • What medical decisions will be made for the children
  • What parent will pay child support, and how much
  • And other aspects of family relationships.

Both the primary residential parent and other (alternative residential) parent can make decisions about the day-to-day care and control of the child while the child is in their physical care. 

These aren’t easy choices to decide on, but if you can work collaboratively with your spouse to come up with a parenting plan that complies with Tennessee law, the court will usually approve it. This gives you the most control over the future and is also usually the least expensive, fastest way to get custody resolved. However, if an amicable resolution can’t be reached, our Nashville custody lawyer isn’t afraid to fight for your parental rights in court, if necessary. The court will consider factors like the child’s wishes (if they are old enough), their ties to their community, the parents’ history with the child, each parent’s work and living situation, and more before making a final agreement. We will build a strong, persuasive case for your child’s best interests! 

What Our Nashville Custody Lawyer Can Do For You

At The Law Offices of Chris Thompson, we will take the time to listen to your story, ask questions, and get to know your wishes and your family dynamics so we can give you personalized legal guidance that will make a difference. While we will do everything in our power to help you work together while preserving your rights and ensuring you don’t get taken advantage of; however, if that’s not possible, we’re more than capable of aggressively standing up for you. Depending on how much child support is a factor, we can also ensure that you either receive the amount your child deserves or aren’t forced to pay an unfair amount to the other parent. 

Why Choose Our Firm To Represent You?

Nashville custody lawyer Chris Thompson has spent nearly a decade representing Tennesseans in divorce, custody, support and other related issues. Our goal is to protect what matters most to you, which is your and your children’s well-being! Schedule a free consultation today.

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