Tennessee Factors in Awarding Custody

14 October 2010 Categories: All Blogs, Family Law and Divorce

There are multiple factors that a Court in Tennessee will take into account in deciding which parent will be awarding custody of a minor child including:

• Love, affection, and emotional ties of the parents and child
• Ability or disposition to provide basic necessities to the child
• Degree of parent being the primary caregiver
• Continuity in the child’s life
• Length of time the child has lived in a stable environment
• The stability of the family unit of the parent
• The mental and physical health of the parents
• School record of the child
• Child’s preference
• Evidence of abuse
• Character and behavior of any other person residing or frequenting the home of the parent
• Each parent’s past and future responsibilities

Parents can come up with a parenting time proposal, but the Court is not required to agree to the proposal. The Court has a duty to do what is in the best interest of the child. Not any single factor above will be the deciding factor in the custody dispute, but all of them will be considered and weighed based upon the facts of the case. If you are currently in a custody battle and are not represented by an attorney, you should contact a licensed Tennessee attorney immediately to discuss your rights.

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