Fathers’ Rights in Tennessee
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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.
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.
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