Legal Information: Tennessee

Custody

Updated: 
May 18, 2022

How will a court consider a parent’s absence due to military duty when deciding which parent gets custody?

When making a decision about which parent gets custodial responsibility, the judge is allowed to consider any significant impact of a parent’s past or possible future deployments on the best interest of the child. However, the judge cannot consider past or future deployment as the sole factor for determining custodial responsibility.1

1 TN ST § 36-7-107

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