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Noncustodial parental rights in Tennessee

After a separation or divorce a child's life is thrown into chaos. At the very least they will have to move in with just one of their parents at a time and in some cases they may not have much contact with their noncustodial parent. When a court grants physical custody solely or primarily to one parent, it can be difficult for the noncustodial parent and their child to retain a strong relationship.

Because of these challenges courts often grant noncustodial parents rights to protect their involvement in their children's lives. For example, a noncustodial parent should be able to speak with their child at least two times per week and those communications should not be hampered by the custodial parent. Also, a noncustodial parent should be given two days' notice when their child has an extracurricular event, such as a sporting match or dance recital. Noncustodial parents may not be cut out of their kids' lives.

All custodial matters turn on whether the rights of the parents will serve the best interests of the children, so if in a particular family law case a noncustodial parent's involvement in their child's life could be a detriment then the parent may be ordered to stay away. All custody matters should be referred to family law attorneys for case-specific advice.

Noncustodial parents should be able to access their kids' medical records and school records. They should know when emergencies may threaten their kids and should be able to have relationships with their kids that are not tainted by the words and actions of the custodial parents. Noncustodial parents who need help enforcing their rights are encouraged to seek help from lawyers who practice this area of the law.

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