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Legal Information: Tennessee

Custody

Updated: 
May 9, 2019

Who can get custody?

Custody can be awarded to:

  • either parent alone;
  • both parents (in the case of joint custody or shared parenting); or
  • a “suitable person” if the judge believes that this is required to serve the welfare and interest of the child.1

​1 TN ST § 36-6-101(a)(1)