Clarksville Child Custody Attorneys

Divorce Counsel & Legal Support from the Aldred Law Firm

Whether you seek sole or joint custody of your children, Aldred Law Firm aims to help you understand your options and the resources available to you during your divorce arrangement. Child custody is determined given a variety of factors, and we use our 45 years of legal experience to make sure your children's needs are met through these negotiations.

Ask our Clarksville divorce lawyers for help with your particular case by calling (931) 648-9621. Schedule your free consultation today.

What Is a Parenting Plan?

Tennessee uses the term "parenting plan" to describe the child custody arrangement to which both parents have agreed. This plan is designed to serve first and foremost the best interests of the child. These plans can be determined through mediation in an uncontested divorce, or the court will draft one during a contested divorce.

When determining child custody arrangements, the court reviews:

  • The desires of a child - especially if the child is over 12 and willing to give their preferences
  • The educational needs of a child
  • Healthcare access, including support needs for disabled children
  • Home environment of each parent
  • The health of the relationship between each parent and the children

The parenting plan determines the rights and responsibilities of each parent when it comes to guardianship, visitation, and child support. In this plan, schedules are also outlined for special events, such as birthdays, holidays, graduations, and other milestones. Many Tennessee parents are often surprised to discover that drafting a parenting plan necessitates participation in a parenting class as well.

Custody Rights for Alternative Residential Parents

In Tennessee, the primary residential parent (PRP) cares for the children the majority of the time, while the alternative residential parent (ARP) provides less than 50% of the children's care. In 2001, Tennessee discontinued the use of terms such as "sole custody" and "custodial parent" with the adoption of the structured parenting plans.

If you are the ARP for your children, we help you understand your responsibilities as well as your rights when it comes to access, time together, and support payment you may be required to provide.

Request counsel from our Clarksville child custody lawyers at (931) 648-9621.

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