Create A Custody And Parenting Plan That Will Work

The details involved with the day-to-day care of children are extremely complicated for any couple. When that couple gets divorced or separated, this complication is increased significantly. These complications often become even more challenging as the emotional landscape of a divorce clouds judgment and makes it difficult to consider all the details involved. Fortunately, our Clarksville child custody lawyers have effective solutions.

When working on a Parenting Plan, there is no decision that will add more value than choosing the right Clarksville child custody lawyer to help you. At Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC (MBK), we provide sound counsel and representation in all types of custody issues and parenting plans. From our Clarksville office, we represent traditional couples and same-sex couples in Tennessee and Kentucky in all types of dissolution and related family law matters. We also represent military service members from nearby Fort Campbell, throughout the United States and overseas.

Dealing With The Complex Details Of Parenting Plans

Each state has its own rules and regulations for handling post-divorce or post-separation parenting. Tennessee, for example, has a set Parenting Plan that we help clients complete and file with the court, while Kentucky offers parenting guidelines that offer more flexibility in the creation of a parenting plan. Even the designations of what constitutes "custody" can be different from state to state.

At MBK, we understand the challenges you are facing. Our attorneys have a thorough knowledge of the options available to you, and we know how to navigate the process as smoothly as possible to help you get the results you need.

Family Law Contempt As It Relates To Custody

Often after a divorce is finalized, one of the parents fails to follow the custody and visitation agreements. In some cases, a parent will deny the other parent's court-ordered visitation privileges. Other cases involve failing to show up on time to exchange the child pursuant to the Parenting Plan.

Our Clarksville child custody lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and experience handling contempt proceedings involving custody/visitation disputes of this kind. We will fight for your interests and help you protect your relationship with your children.

What Our Clients Say

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Amy is professional & great of follow up! Amy helped us get custody of my stepson. It was a difficult situation & one that we didn't expect to "win". Amy's professionalism & promptness made a considerable contribution to us winning our case. She was very diligent & continuously followed up. We are grateful for Amy & her abilities. 

- Dee

Attorneys Handling Paternity And Fathers' Rights Matters

Issues involving paternity and fathers' rights are important considerations in any divorce, separation or custody proceeding. In all of these matters, the most important concern is protecting your rights in the legal process.

At Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC (MBK), we service clients in Tennessee and Kentucky. We also serve military service members and officers in Fort Campbell and throughout the world. Our Clarksville lawyers handle paternity and all types of matters related to custody, support and parental rights.

Establishing Paternity

Establishing paternity is critical for both a mother seeking child support payments and a father seeking to exercise his custody and visitation rights. With modern medical technology, determining whether someone is the father of a child involves a simple blood draw or cheek swab and test of the DNA. When the parents are married, the issue of paternity rarely arises as the husband is presumed to be the child's father. The legal question of paternity only comes into play when the fact of fatherhood is in question or when parents are not married.

To exercise custody and visitation rights under a parenting plan, a father might need to establish that he is, in fact, the father. In cases of a mother seeking to deny parenting time to the father, establishing that he is not the father is the most definitive approach.

We have helped numerous clients establish or contest paternity. We can explain it to you and help you through the process.

Understanding Fathers' Rights

Many dads come to us seeking legal advice, and many of them mistakenly believe that maybe getting their kids every other weekend is the best they can hope for in their custody battles.

Dads: You have equal rights to be a parent to your children. We can help you protect that right.

While there was a time when the legal system was biased toward mothers in custody and other divorce-related issues, times are changing. In most cases, courts are looking to maintain parental relationships as much as possible after a divorce. This includes making sure the dad has time needed with the children to maintain those relationships. Our attorneys can protect your rights in custody, support matters and other aspects of divorce.

Serving The Military

We also have a wealth of experience protecting the rights of military servicemen and officers. Being deployed and often out of town, many members of the military worry that their rights will not be protected in their divorces, especially when it comes to their rights as fathers.

Our lawyers understand how to protect your rights during your divorce, even if you are stationed overseas. We can help make sure you have fair treatment when it comes to the court's custody determination.

Moving Away And Child Custody

Although the desire to relocate is common as a result of work changes, family obligations or military placement, moving out of state is no simple matter for those who are inactive parenting agreements. There are strict laws governing parental relocation, regardless of whether the proposed move is with or without the children.

At Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC (MBK) in Clarksville, our attorneys handle custody modifications for clients seeking relocation and for those contesting this type of relocation, including military custody issues involving custody during deployment. We have the experience and knowledge to protect your interests and the interests of your children.

Parental Relocation Law In Kentucky And Tennessee

It is common for parents to need to relocate after a divorce or separation due to new employment, military permanent change of station or other life changes.

If the relocating parent has entered into a parenting plan with the other parent or there is pending litigation regarding divorce or custody the relocating parent will be required to comply with the home state's Parental Relocation Law. Both Tennessee and Kentucky child custody laws have several provisions associated with parental relocation. In some cases, a state court may delay or prevent a parent from relocating with the child if an objection is raised or notice is not properly given.

After parents receive a court order for custody or have negotiated a parenting plan, either parent might want to change the arrangement because of an impending move. Tennessee and Kentucky parental relocation laws include several requirements that the relocating parent must meet before actually relocating. If the custody proceeding or Order was entered in Tennessee the relocating parent must provide proper notice to the other parent if the relocation is out of state or more than 50 miles from the current residence.

In Kentucky, the obligation is triggered if the relocation is out of state or more than 100 miles away from the current residence. Both Tennessee and Kentucky require written notice to the other parent at least 20 days before the move. This written notice requires the relocating parent to provide specific information to the other parent about the purpose, location and time frame for the relocation along with the statutory right of the other parent to object to the relocation. If the parents don't agree to an updated custody and visitation arrangement, the parent who plans to move must file a petition in state court and obtain court approval.

Parental relocation issues can be complicated and have lasting consequences, including loss of custody, if not followed properly. Allow the experienced attorneys at Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC to assist you in all your custody or family law issues.

What Are The Rights Of Grandparents And Stepparents? 

Many grandparents and stepparents after the child's parents are divorced or separated wonder what rights they have, especially in terms of custody and visitation. Although stepparents and grandparents often have rights, the particular details of each situation can make these grandparent and stepparent rights cases complicated. 

At Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC (MBK), our Clarksville attorneys handle grandparents' rights and stepparents' rights cases in Kentucky and Tennessee. We have a wealth of experience in a range of family law matters and the nuanced custody and visitation matters involving stepparent and grandparent rights cases. We represent all clients in these matters and we are committed to providing our clients with best-in-class personalized legal service. 

How To Establish Rights As A Grandparent

Grandparent rights cases usually involve custody or visitation. To establish visitation rights, there has to be a significant relationship already established between the grandparent and grandchild. Usually this relationship involves the grandchild living with the grandparent or at least spending significant time together on a regular basis. 

In terms of custody, this usually involves more serious issues like substance abuse issues or other problems that make the parents unfit for parenting so the grandparents need to take over custody. 

In some cases, the parents willingly transfer custody or visitation rights, and other cases are contested. At MBK, we represent grandparents seeking custody and visitation rights, or we can represent the biological parents contesting custody and visitation. If appropriate, we can help you work grandparent visitation schedules into a comprehensive parenting plan. 

Stepparent Adoptions

In many cases, when a divorced spouse remarries, the new spouse forms a strong bond with the stepchildren, and they want to make the parent-child relationship official and legally recognized through an adoption. Our attorneys handle all stages of the process of stepparent adoptions. These cases can involve complex paternity matters, the termination of parental rights for the biological parent and other complex matters. 

Contact MBK

If you are dealing with a grandparent or stepparent rights issue, a lawyer from our firm can help you understand your rights and protect your interests throughout the legal process. Call us at 931-444-3153 or email us to schedule a consultation.

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