Clarksville, TN: (931) 647-1501 | Springfield, TN: (615) 382-4420

Batson Nolan - Offices located in Clarksville, TN & Springfield, TN – Serving all your law needs in Montgomery County, Ft. Campbell, and greater Tennessee with experienced lawyer services.

Attorneys in this area:

J. Matthew Miller   | Philip M. Mize  |  Christina M. Bartee  |  John W. Crow  |  Tracy P. Knight

Family Law and Divorce

The family law attorneys at Batson Nolan PLC have extensive experience representing clients in Tennessee and Kentucky. While our primary focus is on serving the communities of Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Springfield, Ashland City, Dickson, Dover, and Erin, we also regularly practice in Nashville and Sumner County. Whether you are facing a divorce, military divorce, child support issue, adoption or a child custody case, our family law attorneys understand the sensitive nature of such legal issues, and we are committed to providing both compassionate and aggressive representation that our clients deserve.



It has been said there are two ways to do something – the easy way and the hard way. A divorce is no different: There is an uncontested divorce and a contested divorce.

An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which both parties resolve their issues amicably soon into the divorce process. The parties may not agree at first on all issues, but working together and through their attorneys, ultimately reach a resolution with little litigation. Uncontested divorces are quicker, less expensive, and more efficient because the parties work together to resolve their differences.

By contrast, a contested divorce is a divorce in which the parties become deadlocked on one issue or many issues. Contested divorces can often require significant litigation, time, money, and can cause significant stress. If a divorce comes to a point in which all further attempts at negotiation are futile, the case has become contested and the divorce lawyer must begin to prepare for trial.

Which divorce process will you go through? It primarily depends on the parties involved. The more the spouses fight, the more contested the divorce becomes and the more expensive the case ultimately is. While we encourage clients to be reasonable and realistic in their expectations during a divorce, we are committed to ensuring that your legal rights are fully respected and honored in family law. The divorce lawyers at Batson Nolan PLC have the experience, skill, and knowledge in family law to vigorously defend your rights during this stressful time.


Military Divorce

Because of the proximity of Fort Campbell to Clarksville, the attorneys at Batson Nolan PLC have represented thousands of active duty soldiers and veterans over the years. Our attorneys have a great understanding and comprehension of military divorce and the unique requirements that these divorces have. Whether it be PCS and deployment issues, parental relocation and move away, child custody, step-parent visitation, Tricare insurance problems, division of military retirement, or basic allowance for housing (BAH) division during a separation, we are here to help our neighbors in uniform.


Child Custody

Child custody can be one of the most stressful, expensive, and long legal fights you can face during your lifetime. Our child custody lawyers understand that you care deeply for your children and need effective, aggressive, and skilled advocacy from your attorney to protect your custody and visitation rights. Batson Nolan’s child custody attorneys take pride in our clear communication to clients and firm knowledge of the law.

In Tennessee, there are generally fifteen (15) different child custody factors that a court will consider. Please take time to look at each factor outlined below and consider how each one affects you. Step back and analyze each factor and think about how a judge would apply them to your own personal circumstances. Remember: Judges generally do not make custody decisions based on one issue alone, they tend to look at the whole picture.


Child custody factors in Tennessee set forth in T.C.A. §36-6-106:

  1. The strength, nature, and stability of the child’s relationship with each parent, including whether a parent has performed the majority of parenting responsibilities;
  2. The willingness and ability of each of the parents and caregivers to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and both of the child’s parents;
  3. Refusal to attend a court ordered parent education seminar may be considered by the court as a lack of good faith effort in these proceedings;
  4. The ability of each parent to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care, education and other necessary care;
  5. The degree to which a parent has been the primary caregiver, defined as the parent who has taken the greater responsibility for performing parental responsibilities;
  6. The love, affection, and emotional ties existing between each parent and the child;
  7. The emotional needs and developmental level of the child;
  8. The moral, physical, mental, and emotional fitness of each parent as it relates to their ability to parent the child.
  9. The child’s interaction and interrelationships with siblings, other relatives and step-relatives, and mentors, as well as the child’s involvement with the child’s physical surroundings, school, or other significant activities;
  10. The importance of continuity in the child’s life and the length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment;
  11. Evidence of physical or emotional abuse to the child, to the other parent or to any other person;
  12. The character and behavior of any other person who resides in or frequents the home of a parent and such person’s interactions with the child;
  13. The reasonable preference of the child if twelve (12) years of age or older. The court may hear the preference of a younger child upon request. The preference of older children should normally be given greater weight than those of younger children;
  14. Each parent’s employment schedule, and the court may make accommodations consistent with those schedules; and
  15. Any other factors deemed relevant by the court.


Choosing a child custody attorney is an important decision that can have a substantial impact on the outcome of your case. During these crucial times, you need a strong and experienced child custody lawyer. We want to be a strong advocate for your cause.


Child Support

In Tennessee, child support is based upon a mathematical formula. This formula weighs several different factors such as each parent’s visitation days with the children, the income of each party, child care expenses, health insurance costs, recurring medical expenses, and how many other children a party has. Child support is not based on what an individual would like to pay or even what the parties may agree to accept, but there can be a deviation from the calculated child support if the Court approves. To achieve this deviation, there must be an adequate reason for the differentiation.


Offering family law expertise in these areas:


• Divorce
Military Divorce
• Child Custody and Visitation
• Child Support
• Parenting Plan Modifications
• Alimony and Spousal Support
• Surrogacy
• Adoption
• Paternity
• Prenuptial Agreements
Orders of Protection
• Father’s Rights

To schedule an initial appointment, please call us at (931) 647-1501 or contact us online.