Everything You Need to Know About Child Custody and Relocation in Tennessee
After a divorce between two parents, custody over the children is a complicated process. In addition to ensuring you have the proper family law representation, all of your documents and information in order, and coming to an agreed upon solution, you now have to uphold a parenting schedule, child support payments and so much more.
But what happens when your job, a family emergency, or another situation requires you to move? Your parenting plan then has to be altered to accommodate for travel, expenses, and other factors. On top of that, what will the other parent think? Is your move allowed within the parenting plan?
During these trying times, Wilson, Howser, and Oliver has your best interests in mind and will guide you through the multitude of questions you may have.
Your Relationship in the Parenting Plan
Much of this process depends on your relationship with the child according to the custodial agreement. Meaning, are you the primary residential parent or alternate residential parent? In Tennessee, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that a primary residential parent can move even in the objection of a non-primary residential parent if the relocation meets the following criteria:
- The move is not vindictive
- The custodial parent has a valid reason for the move
- The move does not pose a specific risk of harm to the child
No matter the situation, you should always have a Family Law attorney by your side.
The Relocation and Child Custody Process
In the case that you or the other parent decides to move, the following process must be strictly adhered to.
- If the new location will be in another state or more than 50 miles away, the parent is required to send official notice via certified mail to the other parent’s last known address. This must occur before and no later than sixty (60) days before the moving date.
- In the case that the other parent does not agree with the move or has reason to believe the move should not occur, he or she has thirty (30) days of receiving the notice to object.
- If both parents cannot come to an agreement on the custody schedule, the move, and other factors related to the situation such as costs, the court will then take all parental factors into consideration during the decision-making process.
- The court may hear the child’s preferences with regards to the relocation when the child is older than 12 years of age.
This particular description of the process is generalized and may not include all potential factors, such as equal shared custody, cost of living, and the health of those involved. Regardless of your personal predicament, well-being, or understanding of the relocation process with regards to child custody, always have a hard working lawyer by your side.
The child custody attorneys at Wilson, Howser, and Oliver are ready to fight for your relocation or visitation and custody rights. To learn more about your options and the child custody process, contact us to schedule your case consultation at our downtown Murfreesboro, Tennessee office today.