There is a lot of advice out there on the internet about what to do and not do during a custody battle.
What makes a parent a parent? Is it biology alone that makes the cut?
What do you do about custody if you suspect that your divorcing spouse is mentally ill?
What if you and your ex-spouse simply can't agree on how exactly to raise the children? If you find yourself in constant battles with your ex over things like bedtimes and bath toys, it makes co-parenting extremely difficult. It can also make for a very stressful and acrimonious post-divorce relationship with your ex.
When a married heterosexual woman is pregnant, her husband is automatically presumed to be the other parent of her child under the law -- even if there's evidence to the contrary. Overcoming that presumption is actually no little task and the subject of many legal actions.
If you're not the residential parent -- the parent with primary physical custody in Tennessee -- you may be faced with a difficult problem.
In a hotly contested legal divorce between a lesbian couple, the Tennessee court did what many consider the only rational decision: They granted the non-biological mother the same parenting and custodial rights and responsibilities that a man would have over a child that his wife conceived during the marriage.
In some states, having a chronic illness with severe episodes or a fatal diagnosis puts you in danger of losing your children to the state's foster care system if you become incapacitated at any point -- no matter how temporary.
It might surprise you to learn that the Tennessee Relocation Statute allows the parent with primary physical custody of a child to relocate more or less at will -- unless the other parent objects and can prove to the court that there's a good reason to deny the move.
After an agonizing 10-month battle to get her son returned from relatives in India, a Tennessee mother finally has her child back in her arms.