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Child Custody in Tennessee: Recent Developments and Legislative Changes - on CD
Consider these legislative changes recently made to the child custody statute in Tennessee:
- In 2011, the legislature added a sentence to the custody statute requiring the court, when taking into account the child’s best interest, to "order a custody arrangement that permits both parents to enjoy the maximum participation possible in the life of the child consistent with the factors" set out in the statute.
- In 2012, the legislature added another sentence requiring the court, in determining the willingness of each of the parents and care givers to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent/child relationship between the child and both of the child’s parents, to "consider the likelihood of each parent and care giver to honor and facilitate court-ordered parenting arrangements and rights" and to "consider any history of either parent or any care giver denying co-parenting time to either parent in violation of a court order."
Child custody remains a crucial issue that many Tennessee attorneys deal with on a daily basis. New laws and recent court decisions make it absolutely necessary for you to be up to speed on the latest developments affecting child custody cases so you can best serve your clients.
In just one hour, you'll gain new insights and guidance on:
- Maximum participation
- Grandparent rights
- Military effects on co-parenting
- Other issues impacting co-parenting, including psychological records, order of protection violations, rights of unmarried fathers, and domestic violence
- And more!
About your presenter:
Attorney Kevin Shepherd began his legal career working in the Office of the District Attorney and as a public defender. In that capacity, he learned that the people in his community needed individualized legal support, so he founded a law firm to meet that need. During Mr. Shepherd's more than 20 years of legal experience, he learned that his community needed legal support for individual and family issues. A large part of his practice focuses on family law and personal injury law, but each client has unique needs and concerns. Mr. Shepherd's two other areas of focus are his family and the education of other attorneys and the public about the law. He also served as the elected county commissioner for eight years and believes in the importance of community involvement.