Franklin Child Custody Lawyer

Comprehensive Child Custody Guidance in Franklin, TN

Child custody proceedings are saturated with delicate emotions and weighted with the future and well-being of your child on the line. I understand and sympathize with the importance of this process. 

That’s why I am committed to working towards a plan that benefits your children and gives you your deserved time together. 

For 30 years, I’ve helped families serving Franklin, TN, get through their divorce. I’m available around the clock to help you and your family.

Contact Franklin's Trusted Child Custody Attorney Anytime

For 24/7 Help, Including Weekend Appointments by Request, Call Our Franklin Child Custody Attorney, Julia E. Stovall: (615) 239-1374.

Understanding Child Custody Laws in Franklin, TN

In Franklin, Tennessee, child custody is broken into physical and legal custody through the Permanent Parenting Plan. If the two agree, these decisions can be made between the parents and enforced by the family court. However, if the parents maintain different desires for how the child custody should be divided, the decision will be made in family court in TN.

Physical and legal custody account for two aspects of the child's life in TN. Physical custody establishes whom the child will live with. Legal custody grants a parent the power to decide on their child's healthcare, schooling, and overall well-being. Both of these abilities can be joint or sole, where either parent can house or make decisions for the child (joint custody), or only one may (sole custody) in TN.

Once decided, child custody is expected to be respected. However, it’s only modifiable should a substantial change in circumstances affect the child’s well-being.

Does Tennessee Favor Mothers in Custody Cases?

Mothers have no special rights to child custody over fathers in TN. No settled law in Tennessee favors mothers; therefore, it would violate any parent's legal rights that prefer one gender over the other in child custody battles.

Get a Free Child Custody Consultation in Franklin, TN

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Protecting Your Child's Best Interests

From its inception and upholding, child custody exists to protect the child's best interest. To ensure the custodial decisions are made just so, TN family courts consider the following:

  • The child’s wishes for where they prefer to live if they are 12 or older
  • The relationships the child has with each parent
  • The child’s need for stability
  • The physical, mental, and financial well-being of each parent
  • The other people who live in either parent’s home and their relationships with the child

Tennessee family courts thoroughly review child custody cases based on the needs of the children and the ability and likelihood of each parent to provide for them.

Get the help you need to protect your children with our child custody lawyer serving Franklin, TN. Contact me today to get started.


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