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Murfreesboro Child Custody Types

Determining child custody

One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is determining what arrangement for custody will be made for your children.  Depending on your individual circumstances, and relationship with your spouse or ex-spouse, McCarter | East provides advice as to the best Murfreesboro child custody plan for you.

Joint Custody

Tennessee has an automatic presumption of joint child custody (also called shared custody).  This means that both parents are expected to play a role in important decisions about the life of their child. Joint custody is the type most frequently awarded.

Sole Custody

Sole custody is sometimes established when one parent is unwilling or unable to be an active co-parent to their child.  A parent awarded sole custody makes all decisions related to the life of the child, although the other parent usually receives visitation rights.

Father Custody

Custody does not depend on the gender of either parent, and can be awarded just as readily to a father, mother, or both parents in joint custody arrangement.

Temporary Custody

Temporary custody is often common at the beginning of a divorce, when parents make a flexible child-care arrangement pending more permanent plans after the divorce is final.  If both parents and the courts are in agreement that the arrangement is suitable, temporary child custody can become permanent.

If you are not careful, or if you have a spouse unwilling to negotiate, you may find yourself in the midst of a custody battle.  When that happens, McCarter | East will advocate on behalf of both you and your child, making legal proceedings less stressful and easier to understand.  We have done so for numerous families and children before, winning many a crucial custody fight, and ensuring peace of mind for the clients involved.

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