Best Interest of the Child:

Child Custody Court Decisions in Tennessee

When a child custody case is brought to the court, the court will try to accommodate the best interest of the child and choose the environment that offers the most stability. Some factors courts will take into consideration in a child custody case are:

  • The child's age, sex, and mental and physical health
  • The parent's mental and physical health
  • The parent's lifestyle
  • Any history of child abuse
  • The emotional bond between the parent and child
  • The parent's ability to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing, and medical care
  • The child's regular routine
  • The quality of the child's education
  • The child's preference, if the child is above a certain age (this is usually around age 12)
  • The ability and willingness of the parent to encourage communication and contact between the child and the other parent
  • The court may also conduct a Child Custody Evaluation. An evaluation usually consists of interviews, psychological exams, and analysis of the children, and perhaps the parents.

The court has the ability to deny a parent’s request for an evaluation. Parents may be liable for the cost of the evaluation. Attorney Turley knows how contentious child custody cases can be. She also know that the best solution is usually a decision that is agreed upon by both parents. By providing you with up-to-date legal knowledge and the best legal guidance possible, Counselor Turley can make the custody decisions much easier for you and your family.

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