Tennessee law seeks to maximize both parents’ residential time with their children, so long as the schedule is in the child’s best interest. Tenn. Code Ann. Section 36-6-106(a) favors a parenting schedule that gives each parent the maximum amount of time in accordance with the child’s best interests.
Ironically, parents who wage a court battle against the other parent in an effort to “win” custody may do so at their peril. The warlike approach – where one parent exaggerates the other’s lack of parenting fitness – can back-fire. Under Tennessee law, the parent who fails to encourage and facilitate a close and continuing parent-child relationship for the other parent can be seen as causing harm to the child.