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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: How to pursue relocation if I am the custodial parent of 2 boys?

Dad pays child support for 1 and has the standard visitation of every other weekend. There isn’t support established for the other, nor a parenting plan. He doesn’t provide any physical everyday support. The move would establish better financial support, emotional support, educational support,... Read more »

Thomas W Coupé
Thomas W Coupé
answered on Apr 20, 2022

The custodial parent is free to move without the court’s approval if that move is less than 50 miles from the other parent. If that parent wants to move further or out-if-state, the law requires the parent to provide a written notice to the courts and the other parent.

The notice must...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: What happens in court for first time on a child neglect case
Thomas W Coupé
Thomas W Coupé
answered on Apr 20, 2022

It depends on each court, but if DCS is involved it normally means DCS will file a petition for dependency and neglect and state in that petition why they believe a child is in danger. If DCS believes it is an emergency, they may file a Protective Custody Order (PCO) and remove the child from the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: If parent filed modification for custody in TN and TN parenting plan wasn’t signed by judge would previous order stand?

There is a previous order from another state. If TN parenting plan was never signed by a judge is previous order in another state still valid?

Thomas W Coupé
Thomas W Coupé
answered on Apr 20, 2022

The courts speak through their orders and only order that have been signed and entered will ultimately have authority.

HOWEVER...sometimes a court will rule on a matter and that ruling takes effect immediately. Sometimes there is a delay before the order has been created, filed, signed, and...
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