Legal Information: Tennessee


May 18, 2022

If a parent is in military service and deployed out of state, what happens to that parent's custody or visitation?

The deploying parent must notify the other parent within seven days of receiving the notice of deployment. If the circumstances of military service prevent him/her from giving notice within seven days, notice must be given as soon as possible. Each parent must then provide the other with a proposed parenting plan to account for the deployed parent’s custodial responsibilities and/or visitation during his/her deployment.1

Note: If either parent has a court order requiring that his/her address remain confidential, the parents can submit the notice of deployment and the proposed parenting plan directly to the court that issued the order instead of sending it to the other parent.2

1 TN ST § 36-7-105(a), (b), (d)
2 TN ST § 36-7-105(c)

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