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Child custody is an important topic among parents who are splitting up or divorcing. Whether you're married or not, your child's care depends on the plan you create. It is always vital that you do what is in the best interests of your child at all times.

The majority of the states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), so any decisions you make or have approved by the court in your case will be recognized in other states. This is good, because it prevents parents from fleeing to alternate states to obtain a preferable outcome to a custody case.

Tennessee's child custody laws do allow for grandparents' rights and joint custody, both of which can be good for your child. The courts in Tennessee like to see children have a say in custody decisions as well, so long as they are old enough to do so wisely.

The court's only wish is to make sure the child lives in the most comfortable, safe environment possible. Since that's the case, it's the only real factor in a custody case. The judge may look at how often either parent works, the care each has provided to the child and other factors, like the child's wishes. Combined, he or she can decide what parenting arrangement will work best for the child in question. If the parents have decided on a plan outside court, the judge has a right to review and approve or deny it, depending on the circumstances.

Your attorney can help you prepare to go through a custody case. With good help, you can see a positive outcome.

Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Child Custody Laws," accessed June 14, 2018

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