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Do I have to agree to 50-50 parenting time with my soon-to-be former spouse?

Recent revisions to the divorce laws in Tennessee require the courts to maximize each parent’s time with their minor children. Sometimes, the judge will determine a 50-50 parenting time division will accomplish this goal. However, there are many factors a judge must consider in determining a parenting schedule. The most important is that the plan is always in the child’s best interests.

You do not have to agree to any division of parenting time that isn’t in your children’s best interests. A good divorce attorney can help prepare you for court based on the circumstances of your case. As well as your children’s specific needs and the usual preferences of the judge who will ultimately decide your matter.

The number of days each parent spends with the minor child or children will impact your life in many ways. It will impact who is named the primary parent. It will also affect the amount of child support paid. Moreover, it will set the standard for the judge to determine if a parent can move more than 50 miles away. Or outside the State of Tennessee. These are just some of the reasons to carefully consider 50-50 parenting time.

Implications of a Parenting Agreement

It is important to remember that once filed with the court, a parenting plan cannot be easily changed. It becomes a court order. Furthermore, the parenting plan will remain in place until your children are of age. Unless you can prove a legally defined substantial and material change of circumstance, the plan cannot be overturned.

Many people make the mistake of agreeing to a parenting plan without hiring an attorney. Hiring an attorney is important in helping you understand the long-term consequences of the parenting agreement. People are often bound by a plan they do not believe is right for them or their children. And they do not have the knowledge to remedy the situation. This is why having an experienced attorney is beneficial.

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  • Amanda Crowell

    Amanda Crowell has been a practicing attorney since 1993.  She graduated in 1989 with high honors from the University of Tennessee where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992.

A good divorce attorney can help you, Do I have to agree to divide parenting time?, Recent revisions to the divorce laws in Tennessee


Amanda Crowell

Amanda Crowell has been a practicing attorney since 1993.  She graduated in 1989 with high honors from the University of Tennessee where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992.