Legal Information: Tennessee


May 18, 2022

If I file for custody during the other parent’s military duty, what happens when the parent returns from deployment?

If a non-deployed parent files for custody or custodial responsibility during a parent’s deployment, any order that the judge issues would be temporary unless it specifically says otherwise. The judge cannot issue a permanent custodial responsibility order without the consent of the deploying parent.1 Once the deployed parent returns, the temporary order would end.2

1 TN ST § 36-7-302(a)
2 TN ST § 36-7-307(a)

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