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Murfreesboro Child Custody Attorney Preserves Your Parental Rights

Protect your parental rights with the assistance of an experienced child custody lawyer

When you are going through the process of divorce, or amicable, informal arrangements regarding your child are no longer working, a child custody dispute can be overwhelming. Tennessee recognizes a number of different legal arrangements as they pertain to child custody so this process can also be highly confusing. Obtaining a child custody arrangement allows you to receive an equitable amount of time in your child’s life as well as input in decisions that affect your child. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, our Murfreesboro child custody lawyer offers more than 20 years of knowledge and experience. We assist parents in pursuing fair custody agreements so you can remain an integral part of your children’s life.

Types of custody

  • Physical custody - Physical custody is what most people associate with the term “custody.” Physical custody is the distribution of how much time the child spends with each parent. Physical custody deals with the day-to-day care of the child and where the child spends his or her time.

  • Legal custody - Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make decisions about their child. These include decisions regarding the child’s:

  • Religious upbringing

  • Education

  • Health

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Joint custody or sole custody - The court can order or the parents can agree to either joint or sole custody of either or both types of custody described above. One parent may have sole physical custody while both parents have joint legal custody. Alternatively, both parents may share joint physical custody while one parent has sole legal custody. If the court decides custody decisions, it considers what would be in the best interests of the child.


If sole custody is awarded, the other parent may receive visitation with his or her child. Tennessee child custody laws focus on providing reasonable access to children through visitation and supervised visitation will only be ordered if the court finds it is in the best interests of the child to order it. Tennessee laws provide specific rights to non-custodial parents, including the right to call the child, the right to send mail to the child and the right to receive certain documents pertaining to the child.

Parenting plan

Like many jurisdictions, Tennessee recognizes the important role that both parents play in their child’s life. As such, they are moving away from outdated terms regarding custody and visitation and to parenting plans. A parenting plan is a proactive agreement between the parents regarding how they plan to raise their child together as co-parents. The intention of parenting plans is to minimize the disruption of children of divorce and broken homes and to reduce the conflict between the parents. The courts recognize the personal relationship between the parents and the child and encourage parents to create their own agreement outside of court when possible.

Many parents are receptive to parenting plans because they remove cold legal jargon and replace these terms with common terms that they use on a regular basis. The emphasis of parenting plans is focusing on the child’s best interests. This is usually accomplished by setting parameters that allow the child to maintain a close and ongoing relationship with each parent. Parents may work on the parenting plan through negotiations with their respective family law attorneys or through the process of mediation. The parents then submit the plan to the court for approval.

Discuss your case with a knowledgeable Murfreesboro child custody attorney today

By retaining the services of the Law Office of David L. Scott, you are taking the first step to securing your parental rights. Attorney Scott provides compassionate representation to parents who want to maintain their parental relationship and offers sound legal guidance throughout the process. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with our Murfreesboro child custody lawyer, call 615-896-7656 or contact us by email.





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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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4322 Harding Pike #417
Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 615-203-8062

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Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, we are pleased to serve clients throughout Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Woodbury, McMinnville, Manchester, Shelbyville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet and other communities in Rutherford County, Williamson County, Cannon County, Bedford County, Davidson County, Wilson County and Coffee County.


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