Established Springfield Child Custody Attorneys
Child custody disputes are emotionally traumatic and difficult to navigate. Making a mistake can result in long-term negative consequences that can be difficult to reverse. Furthermore, child custody disputes are closely related to child support obligations, since a parent who is awarded most of the time with the child is typically the recipient rather than the payer of child support obligations. This is something you have got to make sure you get right. Having a knowledgeable and winning Springfield child custody lawyer on your side will help you through this challenging time.
Mistakes in Child Custody Disputes
The following are just a few of the mistakes we have seen people make in child support proceedings. Avoid them at all costs.
- Appearing vindictive towards the other parent. Nothing leaves a bad impression with a family court faster than this. And it is not a vindictive attitude itself, but the appearance of such that does the damage.
- Appearing uninterested in involvement with the child’s life. It is important that you make an effort to involve yourself in your child’s life (PTSA – Parent Teacher Student Association meetings, soccer games, etc.), even if the other parent seems to be trying to obstruct you.
- Loss of self-control. Losing your temper could result in catastrophic consequences with respect to your parenting time. It could encourage a family court judge (who probably doesn’t know you) to form a grossly distorted impression of your character based on a single incident.
- Leaving a “paper trail.” We have all seen how much trouble “tweeting” can get people into. Do you tend to vent your frustrations by saying things you don’t really mean? Emailing or texting such outbursts creates visible evidence that could be easily distorted.
Fear not. At Batson Nolan, our highly experienced Springfield child custody attorneys have been helping clients navigate these troubled waters for many years now. Our firm has survived, and thrived, for over 150 years for one reason: because we get results.
“Very friendly, affordable, and fast. If you need any legal matters handled, they will get it done and fast. Thanks again.” – James Simon, April 10, 2018
Some of Our Other Practice Areas
Batson Nolan handles cases in the following related practice areas (among others):
- Mediation Services
- Post Divorce
- Military Divorce
- High Net Worth Divorces
- Alimony and Spousal Support
- Father’s Rights
- Orders of Protection
- Child Support Modification
- Premarital Planning
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How is child custody determined?
Child custody is determined, based on the totality of the circumstances, according to the best interests of the child. The following factors will be taken into consideration:
- Whether either parent has a history of abuse or neglect (including abuse or neglect of other children);
- The parents’ relative income;
- Each parent’s desire to care for the child;
- The child’s preference – if he or she is old enough; and
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child.
Other factors may be taken into consideration as well.
What Is a Permanent Parenting Plan?
A Permanent Parenting Plan is an agreement on child custody, support, and related issues. It is typically drafted and submitted by both parents in the form of an agreement, especially in an amicable child custody case. If the parents cannot reach an agreement, however, a Tennessee family court is entitled to impose a solution with its own Permanent Parenting Plan.
Are mothers favored in child custody decisions?
Not anymore – at least not formally. Once upon a time, Tennessee honored the “tender years” doctrine that favored the mother (all other things being equal) if the child was below a certain age. Currently, there is no such doctrine, and the father theoretically has an equal right to custody. If custody arrangements favor one parent, it is for reasons other than the gender of the favored parent.
Is the child's preference considered in a custody decision?
Children under 12 are not asked their preference. Children 12 and above are asked their preference, and their preference is given more weight the older the child is. Under no circumstances, however, can a child unilaterally decide which parent he or she prefers to have custody – the family court always has veto power.
How does child custody affect child support payments?
Child custody affects child support payments in that the parent with the most time with the child is presumed to spend the most money on child support, justifying a demand for child support payments from the other parent. This is not always strictly true, of course – other factors may intervene.
Do you have other questions? Contact our supportive and highly experienced Springfield child custody lawyers to get the answers you need.
Get Started as Early as Possible
If you are involved in a child custody dispute in Springfield, Tennessee (or if you anticipate one), talk to an experienced Springfield child custody attorney at (615) 382-4420, contact us online, or stop into our Springfield office just across the street from the courthouse. Our family law attorneys have been serving the people of Springfield for many years now. Our former clients come from Blackpatch, Barren Plains, Lakeside Estates, Saddlebrook, and all over town.