Top 5 Tennessee Divorce Laws

The top 5 things everyone should know about Tennessee divorce laws.


In deciding child custody in Tennessee, the courts favor joint custody plans but will make a decision based on what appears to be in the child’s best interests. In deciding on custody matters, Tennessee courts will consider the following factors:

• The bond between the parents and the child
• The importance of continuity and stability of the child’s environment
• Any instances of abuse
• The stability of the family unit
• The mental and physical health of both parents
• Any of the child’s scholastic, medical, or community records
• If the child is 12 years or older, the child’s preference
• The character of any friends or visitors of the parent’s who might come in contact with the child.
• The parent’s past parental performance

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