Child Custody Lawyer in Chattanooga
In matters of child custody, Tennessee law focuses on the best interests of the child. Courts look at the facts of each case and consider a series of factors, including the child’s relationship with each parent, the child’s home situation and, if the child is old enough, the child’s wishes. Courts consider both physical and legal custody:
Physical custody is where the child will live. Often, the child will live with one parent, referred to as the primary residential parent, and have parenting time with the other parent, call the alternate residential parent.
Legal custody is the power to make major decisions in the child’s life. These include decisions about education, major healthcare, religious upbringing and extracurricular activities. Unless there are special circumstances.