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Tennessee custody and visitation

Tennessee parents may know that matters affecting child custody are placed under the jurisdiction of the child's home state in order to avoid conflict if a parent moves away. This is a part of the enforcement and jurisdiction law adopted by almost all states in the country as a way to avoid conflict if a child is taken outside the state. In this way, a parent who takes a child out of state must have permission from the custodial parent, or the child will be returned by the court in the state where he or she has been taken.

The laws in Tennessee recognize joint custody arrangements, and grandparents may have a right to visitation. When the court is considering which parent should have physical custody, the child's wishes may be taken into consideration. However, custody may be granted to one parent if the court deems it appropriate. If a parent has not spent time with the child for over 18 months, the court may say that the parent has abandoned the child and only allow limited visitation.

Noncustodial parents have the right to access to the child's medical records and participate in the education of the child. The noncustodial parent may speak to the child on the phone at least two times a week. In addition, if the child leaves the state with one parent, an itinerary must be provided to the other parent if the absence will be for over two days in length.

If a parent is involved in a child custody dispute , it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney who has experience in family law matters. Legal counsel may examine the situation and advise as to the best course of action that is in the best interest of the child involved.

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