Under Tennessee law, all court orders for divorces, legal separations, annulments, or maintenance involving a minor child must also contain a parenting plan that establishes the authority and responsibility of each parent regarding the child. This includes allocating decision-making authority for major decisions affecting the child, setting support payments, and establishing a residency schedule for the time the child spends with each parent. These plans must also take into account the changing needs of the child as he or she matures and must establish a method for resolving disputes that arise under the plan.
Negotiating such a plan during an emotionally charged divorce without the aid of a child custody lawyer can itself be difficult. But such a plan must also receive court approval and meet certain legal requirements before a judge will incorporate it into a divorce or similar order. A Knoxville child support and custody attorney from Menefee & Brown, P.C. knows the process and requirements for temporary and permanent parenting plans under the Tennessee Domestic Relations Code. We can help you work with the other parent to establish a plan that is consistent with legal requirements as well as your goals and expectations. And if you are ultimately unable to reach such a plan, a child custody lawyer can work with the court to secure an order in the best interests of your children.
Even after your divorce, child custody issues may still arise. A change in circumstances could necessitate a modification of the parenting plan. An unanticipated situation may cause a dispute over what the parenting plan requires. Or perhaps the other parent is failing to honor his or her obligations. These issues require swift action in order to preserve your rights and safeguard the well-being of your children. A child custody attorney in Knoxville can give you peace of mind by taking action to promptly resolve issues or secure compliance from an uncooperative parent.
At Menefee & Brown, P.C. we understand the panic and fear that child custody issues can instill in parents. Our family lawyers strive to foster a supportive environment for our clients, thoroughly explaining the situation and keeping each client apprised of the latest developments in his or her case.
At Menefee & Brown, P.C. we put our clients first. We understand the sensitive nature of child custody disputes. That is why our custody attorneys remain responsive to the needs of our clients and make it our priority to address their concerns promptly. We use our combined 20 years of experience in the practice of law to help our clients construct parenting plans that are in their best interest, and the best interest of their children. Contact us today at 865-357-9800 or online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Knoxville, TN office.