Murfreesboro Divorce Attorneys Effectively Secure Child Custody and Visitation
Child custody lawyers with more than 40 years of combined experience and in-depth knowledge
Divorce itself can be painful for both parties. But oftentimes what causes more distress for those involved is the subject of child custody and visitation. In some situations, both parties want custody of the children and a battle ensues in the courts. In other scenarios, one parent fails to meet their visitation obligations or provide the necessary support, leaving the other parent struggling to manage on their own. In both instances, it is the child who suffers the most. The Murfreesboro child custody lawyers at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law believe deeply in the best interest of the child. With more than 40 years of combined experience, our team is guided by that belief, advocating for what is best for the child in every family law or divorce case we handle.
Divorce in Tennessee
In order to file for a divorce in the state of Tennessee, at least one spouse is required to be a Tennessee resident for a period of six months or 180 days prior to filing for a divorce. Either party may use either fault or no-fault grounds, or a two-year or more separation, as the basis for seeking a divorce. In cases where child custody may be contested, using fault grounds as the basis may provide an advantage.
How is child custody determined in Tennessee?
As in most states, Tennessee courts start with a belief that it is in a child’s best interests to have frequent and ongoing contact with both parents after a divorce. Judges, when possible, prefer to support joint custody arrangements. However, the guiding principle for this determination is based on what is believed to be in the best interests of the child.
In Tennessee, as in other states, both parents are required to support their children after a divorce. The decision as to the amount of child support required is dependent primarily upon each parent’s income and other resources, in addition to the amount of time each parent spends with the children.
Contact skilled Murfreesboro custody and visitation lawyers today
At Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law, our goal is to help maintain consistent roles for both parents in the life of a child. Our Tennessee divorce and family lawyers encourage regular access, open communication, and cooperation among both parties of a divorce, so your child can grow and prosper in a positive atmosphere. We skillfully navigate parental relocation, custody modifications, visitation obligations, and determining availability for parenting time. Contact our Murfreesboro office today at 615-890-1982 or online to discuss your situation or schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.