Memphis Tennessee Child Custody Lawyer

Advocacy in Parenting Arrangements

Child Custody Determination and Post-Divorce Modifications

If you are getting divorced, the impact on your children is probably uppermost in your mind. Who gets primary custody? What will the visitation arrangements be? How will the kids be affected by the process?

At Becker Law Offices, we aim for out-of-court custody agreements that minimize the impact on children of divorce and preserve a healthy ongoing relationship between the parents.

Memphis, Tennessee family law attorney Misty D. Becker helps negotiate a workable parenting plan or represents your interests in contested proceedings.

Call 901.881.6205 for a consultation to discuss divorce, custody and visitation or modifications to your existing parenting arrangement. Ms. Becker represents mothers or fathers in the Memphis area and across Shelby and the surrounding counties.

Custody Disputes and Parenting Plans

To get divorced with children you must have a Permanent Parenting Plan to determine who is primary residential parent (has a majority of the custodial rights) and alternate residential parent (usually the noncustodial parent).  The best scenario is for a parenting plan to be negotiated as opposed to to being ordered by the court. A mutual agreement that looks toward the future is less expensive, less stressful for you and the kids and less likely to cause friction or litigation later. Misty D. Becker can advise on how a court would likely rule in your situation based upon her 10 years of experience — the parent who has provided care usually is named the primary residential parent regardless of earning capacity — and work from that assumption toward a reasonable agreement.  Please note there is not set rule for parenting time, or visitation.

Parenting plans can be built around a standard visitation schedule (alternate weekends, one overnight a week, extra time on holidays and summer vacation). Increasingly, Ms. Becker negotiates customized agreements for clients with non-standard work schedules (doctors, nurses, police officers, and airline pilots just to name a few). She also can help negotiate a shared parenting/custody plan that splits parenting time approximately equally.

The alternative is to let the court determine the outcome. Custody litigation is one of the greatest costs in any divorce, with a guardian appointed for the child and battling experts to testify who is more fit for primary custody. Litigation can also poison the co-parenting relationship and pull the children into the middle of an adult matter to which they should have not involvement otherwise. But Misty D. Becker realizes that a custody battle is sometimes unavoidable — she is prepared to fight for you and the best interests of your children.

Custody Modifications

The court will alter custody if there is a substantial change in the children's circumstances — abuse, problems at school, behavioral problems or a detrimental home environment. The court will investigate and may award sole custody or primary residential parent status to the other parent. Even just a pattern of visitation between the parties can lead to custody modifications.

In some situation, where neglect or abuse has occurred, a court can change custody and order treatment for the parent committing the abuse.

Relocating out of Tennessee with the children also requires court permission if a parent objects after the notice requirement is met as is listed in your parenting plan. The court considers, among other things, the amount of parenting time, the child's ties to the present area and the reasons for the move. Is the custodial parent relocating for vindictiveness or other selfish reasons? Or has the parent found a better job, a better school for the child or is remarrying? You need a strong and experienced advocate for any contested custody proceedings.

Contact Misty D. Becker today for a confidential consultation about divorce and child custody.

Attorney Misty Becker

Memphis Family Law Attorney, Misty Becker

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Becker Law Firm • 5100 Poplar Ave Ste 2606 • Memphis, TN 38137 • Phone: 901.881.6205
Becker Law Office of Memphis, Tennessee represents clients in the Metro Area and West Tennessee, including Cordova, Germantown, Collierville, Lakeland, Millington, Somerville, Covington, Paris, Nashville, Savannah, Jackson, Union City, Dyersburg, McKenzie and all communities of Shelby County, Fayette County and Tipton County.
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