As in some other states, before a divorce in Tennessee can be finalized, spouses are required to come up with a parenting plan. The plan should specify which parent will take custody of any minor children the couple have as well as a visitation plan for the noncustodial parent so that he or she can maintain regular contact with the children. If a couple is unable to come up with effective parenting and visitation plans, a court will make and implement a child custody plan that it determines to be in the best interests of the children.
Unfortunately, when a court makes this decision, the results are not always well received by at least one parent, and arguments over what constitutes a fair custody arrangement often follow. These disputes can be traumatizing to children, especially when kids are asked by their parents to choose sides. To avoid these disputes and their long-term effects, the parents would be better off consulting an experienced attorney who can help them work out an effective child custody plan. Experienced attorneys work to meet their client's goals and ensure that the children's best interests are met.