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Custody options for Tennessee families

It can be hard on a child to watch their parents go through a divorce or separation. In the end the child will have to find a new level of normalcy for their life and will have to adjust to spending their time with their parents in separate homes. How the parents will share their time and parenting decisions with their child will form the basis of the custody arrangement they create or receive from the court.

Tennessee parents can have joint custody of their child or one parent may have sole custody of the child. If it is in the best interests of the child for them to live exclusively with one parent and to have that one parent make all decisions about their upbringing then sole custody may be a good option for them. If, however, the child will benefit from splitting their time between the homes of their parents then joint or shared custody may be awarded.

Physical custody is the term given to the type of custody that concerns where a child will live. If a parent does not have physical custody of their child then they may be able to work out a visitation schedule with the custodial parent that allows them to have scheduled time with their offspring.

Parents who do not have physical custody of their children may be able to retain their rights to legal custody. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions about how their child will be raised.

A divorce or separation can force parents to make tough choices about how their kids should be cared for after the parental relationships end. Divorce and family law attorneys help people work through these difficult matters and find balanced child custody plans that support the kids they are intended to serve.

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