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A review of child custody options in Tennessee

Matters related to the custody and visitation rights of parents during a divorce can be some of the most difficult to sort out. While Tennessee courts are bound to protect the best interests of the children whose lives will be affected by the agreements and orders they approve, it is important that parents understand what options they have when it comes to maintaining their relationships with their kids in the face of their divorces. This post will provide a very broad overview of legal and physical custody as well as how those types of custody may be shared between parents; this post does not, however, provide any legal advice to its readers.

Legal and physical custody are both important aspects of child custody. Legal custody involves the power of a parent to have a say in matters related to their child's education, religious exposure and medical care. Physical custody relates to the right of a parent to have their child live with them.

Both legal and physical custody can be shared or given solely to one parent. While it can benefit kids to have time with both of their parents, in some cases sole physical custody is less disruptive to the child's life. When one parent receives sole physical custody of their child it is not uncommon for the noncustodial parent to have visitation rights with the youth.

Every child custody plan should reflect the unique needs of the family that will be bound to its terms. As such, it can serve the legal interests of individuals to discuss their child custody and family law concerns with legal representatives who provide divorce and other family law legal services.

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