Entertainment Love and Romance Child Custody Laws in Tennessee Get to Know the Child Custody Laws in Tennessee Share PINTEREST Email Print Elyse Lewin/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images Love and Romance Divorce Relationships Sexuality Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Debrina Washington Family law attorney and writer University of Pittsburgh School of Law Skidmore College Debrina L. Washington is a New York-based family law attorney and writer, who runs her own virtual practice to assist single parents with legal issues. our editorial process Debrina Washington Updated May 23, 2019 Child custody laws in Tennessee exist to ensure the safety and well-being of children throughout the state. To learn more about what to expect when you go to court, and how child custody laws in Tennessee could impact your case, here's what you need to know: In the state of Tennessee, family courts use several factors to determine child custody cases. Primarily, the court determines child custody in Tennessee based on the best interests of the child. Parents who live in Tennessee and wish to file for full custody should first become familiar with the child custody statutes in the state of Tennessee. Child Custody Laws in Tennessee When determining child custody in Tennessee, the court will consider the following factors: The best interests of the child, including his or her emotional and physical well-beingThe love and affection and overall relationship between the child and the child's parents or caregiversThe mental and physical health of the parents or caregiversThe child's stated preference, if the child is of a sufficient age and maturity level to make a reasonable choice (generally age 12 or the older)The parent or caregiver's ability to provide food, clothing, a proper education, and medical care for the childThe child's home, school, and community recordAny history of physical or emotional abuseEach parent's willingness to foster and encourage a relationship between the child and the child's other parentAny history of domestic abuseWhether a custodial parent has been found guilty of the intentional death of the child's other parent or legal guardian Relocation and Child Custody in Tennessee Parents often ask how relocating will impact their child custody case. In Tennessee, if a parent intends to relocate out of the state or 100 miles from his/her current home, it is the responsibility of the relocating parent to serve a notice to the child's other parent at least 60 days prior to the move. The notice should include: A statement of the intent to moveThe address of new locationReasons for the relocationA statement that the child's other parent may oppose the move within 30 days When a requested move is contested, the court will step in and decide whether to approve the request. In Tennessee, the court will consider several factors when determining whether to allow the move, including: The importance of continuity in the child's life, considering the stability of the child's current home, school, and communityWhether the custodial parent will comply with a new custody and visitation scheduleThe child's stated preference, if the child is of an age and maturity level to make an informed decision (generally age 12 or older) Child Custody Modification in Tennessee If either parent is not satisfied with the current child custody arrangement, he or she can request a modification. The courts will generally only revisit the case when there is evidence of new information that warrants a formal reconsideration of the child's best interests. Military Service Members and Child Custody in Tennessee If a service member who is also a custodial parent is called to active duty in Tennessee, the court will temporarily modify the child custody order. However, upon completion of duty, custody will revert back to the original order. For more information about child custody in Tennessee, speak with a qualified attorney in Tennessee or refer to the Tennessee Domestic Relations Code. Edited by Jennifer Wolf.