How Much Time Should I Expect To Get With My Children?

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.