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Common child custody issues in Tennessee

There are many issues that come into play during a child custody proceeding. For instance, a judge may need to take a look at whether a parent is physically or mentally abusive toward a child. Ideally, a parent will stay in one geographical area to provide a stable environment for a son or daughter. Parents should also have a job or steady source of income if they are seeking custody.

In some cases, a child advocate will observe the interactions between a parent and child. The advocate might also observe the type of environment that is provided for the child. This information may help a judge determine what is in the best interests of the child when determining who should have custody. As a general rule, siblings will be kept together to provide stability for them both. However, custody could be split depending on what is best for each child.

Parents may decide to make the process easier by agreeing to joint custody of the children. This means that both parents will spend significant time with the kids and make decisions about their general welfare together. Such an arrangement generally works best when the parents are able and willing to collaborate together.

In a custody case, the best interests of the child are the top priority. Therefore, parents may benefit from taking steps to show that they can provide for their offspring. For instance, it's often a good idea to move closer to the child or document financial support. An attorney could provide suggestions as to how a parent could obtain a favorable outcome.

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