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Fathers’ Rights in Tennessee

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​The result of most custody disputes during a contested or high net worth divorce in Tennessee is that the mother becomes the primary custodian of the child or children who the divorcing couple share.

If you are a father whose goal is a more prominent role in the life of your child, this tendency on the part of the state's family law courts does not have to become your reality. As a Franklin family lawyer, I want to level the playing field for fathers and former husbands in the greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas.

Contact my firm today at (615) 437-6320 to discuss your options today.

Protecting Fathers' Rights in TN

Under Tennessee law, joint child custody is allowed with the main consideration being the child’s best interests. As a father, your custody rights will be evaluated based on if you can provide a safe and stable home, provide for the child’s needs, and can parent skillfully.

If you are a biological father who is considering a divorce or custody petition and you want to be considered as primary residential parent, you should be familiar with these factors that courts consider:

  • The parent's ability to instruct, inspire and encourage the child
  • Stability of the child's relationship with each parent
  • The parent's willingness to encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the child
  • The degree to which a parent has been the primary caregiver in the past
  • The child's emotional needs and developmental level
  • The emotional fitness of each parent, and any evidence of abuse by a parent
  • The preference of the child if he or she is 12 years of age or older

In 1997, the state legislature determined that a parent's gender should not be a help or hindrance when being considered for primary custody of a child. At Dana McLendon Law, I want to see this law enforced, so fathers can become more involved in their children's upbringing.

Discuss your rights as a father in Tennessee by calling Dana McLendon Law at (615) 437-6320. Schedule your free initial consultation today!

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