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How relocation affects father’s rights in Tennessee

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Father's Rights |

Relocation can significantly impact a father’s rights in Tennessee, especially regarding custody and visitation. Tennessee law requires that a parent planning to move more than 50 miles away or out of state must provide notice to the other parent. This notice must be given at least 60 days before the intended move, allowing the non-relocating parent time to object.

Filing an objection

When a father receives a relocation notice, he has the right to file an objection with the court. The objection must outline reasons why the move is not in the best interest of the child. The court then schedules a hearing to consider the arguments from both parents.

Factors the court considers

The court evaluates several factors when deciding on relocation cases:

  • Impact on visitation: How the move affects the existing visitation schedule and the father’s ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child.
  • Child’s best interest: The potential benefits and drawbacks of the move for the child, including educational opportunities and emotional well-being.
  • Motive behind the move: The reasons for the relocation, such as employment opportunities or family support, versus any potential intent to limit the father’s time with the child.

Adapting to a new situation

If the court approves the relocation, fathers need to adapt to the new circumstances. This may involve negotiating a new visitation schedule, utilizing virtual communication methods, and making travel arrangements for visits.

Moving forward with resilience

Relocation can pose challenges for fathers, but understanding Tennessee’s relocation laws and participating in the legal process can help protect their rights. Fathers should stay informed and proactive to ensure their relationship with their child remains strong, regardless of the distance.

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