Child custody cases tend to be more contentious and stressful than other types of family law proceedings. Some parents may strive to win sole custody while others push for joint custody. Whatever the case may be, most courts will often lean toward joint custody as the best outcome for the child or children involved. Tennessee parents who are focused on being awarded sole custody of their child could benefit from understanding what the courts look for when determining who the better parent is.
Many parents, seeking full custodial rights tend to walk into the court room assuming they are the better fit parent. To win sole custody of a child, a parent will typically need to show a tremendous amount of proof to a judge on why the parent believes he or she is the best choice and why the other parent is not. Evidence focusing on factors such as the child's physical and psychological well-being is a great start at possibly swaying the judge's ruling in your favor.
In some instances, the courts may simply decide that joint custody is in the best interests of the child involved. With joint custody, both parents typically have an equal say in the care and upbringing of the child, often facilitating more bonding time between the child and both parents. Whatever type of custody is awarded, a parenting plan will be created to detail the amount of a time a child gets to spend with each parent, usually alternating holidays and school vacations.
The breakup of a marriage or romantic relationship between two parents can take an emotional toll on the parties and even the children. When approaching a child custody hearing, Tennessee parents will want to present themselves in a cooperative and reasonable manner in court. Adding this personal impression plus the expansive knowledge of a legal counsel, a parent can put his or her best foot forward and fight for a resolution that is truly in the best interests of the children involved.
Source: thespruce.com, "How to Win Custody & Prove You're the Better Parent", Debrina Washington, Accessed on Jan. 15, 2018