Custody and Visitation

Protecting Your Parental Rights

Nothing is more important to a parent than their child. It is no surprise that child custody disputes are often the most contentious aspect of a divorce. Unfortunately, even after a divorce is finalized, many parents continue to have ongoing disputes over child custody and visitation.

Anyone involved in a child custody dispute in a divorce, paternity or post-divorce modification proceeding should have an experienced family law attorney working on their behalf who will protect their rights and look out for their best interests.

If you are involved in a custody or visitation dispute in Middle Tennessee and need quality legal representation, we encourage you to contact Phillip M. George & Catherine Gasser, Attorneys at Law. We serve Murfreesboro, LaVergne, and all of Rutherford county.

We offer experienced and dedicated representation for mothers and fathers involved in a custody or visitation dispute. We handle all aspects of custody and visitation, including:

  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Legal separation
  • Parenting plans
  • Modifications (petitions for change of custody or visitation)
  • Mediation
  • Domestic violence/protective orders for parents with children

To speak with an attorney at Middle Tennessee Law Group about your case, call 615-459-6130.

Custody in Divorce

In Tennessee, child custody is determined on the basis of a child’s best interests. Determining what is best for a child is difficult for parents and even more difficult for a judge. When it is possible, negotiating a Parenting Plan, which includes a visitation schedule and provision for child support, is the best way to protect the needs of a child. By putting children first, parents can help children move past the difficult stress and strain of a divorce.

Our attorneys always encourage parents to put children first in divorce and make a concerted effort to negotiate an agreement that avoids the necessity of making children take sides. However, we understand that even the most well-intentioned parents can have a genuine disagreement about what is best for a child.

When handling a divorce, paternity proceeding or modification proceeding, we passionately defend our client’s parental rights. We take great care in our preparation for trial, because we understand that some contested child custody disputes will not be resolved by agreement.

When a case does require trial, we are always thoroughly prepared to advocate effectively for the protection of our client’s rights and interests. Putting clients first and advocating passionately for the best possible result in each case is our tradition.

Post Divorce Modifications

When a judge issues a divorce and custody order, it is impossible for the judge to predict the future. Changes sometimes occur after a divorce that may make the judge’s custody order illogical or contrary to a child’s best interests.

If you need an attorney who can seek a change of custody or a modification of your existing parenting time (visitation) schedule, we can help. We also protect the rights of parents who are opposing a motion for a change of custody or visitation. In addition to custody and visitation matters, we handle relocation disputes, where one parent wants to move to another state.

Contact Us

To speak with a divorce and family lawyer at our association of attorneys, contact Phillip M. George & Catherine Gasser, Attorneys at Law, in Smyrna, Tennessee. For assistance, call 615-459-6130 or contact us by e-mail.