Child custody can be a complicated issue for divorcing couples to resolve. Because of that, familiarity with how child custody is determined in Tennessee can be useful to help divorcing couples sort out and resolve their child custody concerns in a way that is best for their child.
Child custody factors
Child custody is based on what is in the best interests of the child. This is different in each situation which is why divorcing parents should be familiar with the factors used to evaluate what is in the best interests of the child.
- The child’s wishes provided they are mature enough to express them;
- The stability of the child’s current home, school, community and if a change will disrupt that stability;
- The child’s ability to adjust to home, school and community;
- The ability of the parents to provide for the child’s educational needs, food, shelter, healthcare and religious upbringing;
- The parenting skills of the parents and the willingness of the parents to encourage and foster a continuing relationship between the child and the other parent;
- The willingness of the custodial parent to comply with the child custody arrangement and visitation schedule;
- The mental and physical health of the parents;
- Any history of abuse, including domestic abuse, child abuse or substance abuse, or neglect; and
- Other considerations relevant to what is in the child’s best interests.
These child custody factors are used to determine what child custody arrangement is best for the child and will provide for their overall well-being and safety. That is why is it helpful for divorcing parents to be familiar with the factors and how child custody is determined so they can also focus on what is in the best interests of the child during the child custody process.