Top Brentwood, TN Child Custody Lawyers Near You

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    Cole Law Group, PC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Brentwood Office

    Child Custody Lawyers | Brentwood Office

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    Cordell & Cordell, PC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Fisher & Phillips LLP

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Littler Mendelson, P.C.

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Cordell & Cordell, PC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Franklin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Franklin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Greenspoon Marder LLP

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Dickinson Wright PLLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Dickinson Wright PLLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Weatherly McNally & Dixon PLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Attorney at Law

    Child Custody Lawyers | Murfreesboro Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Murfreesboro Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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    Morgan & Morgan

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • The Law Offices of Erin King, PLLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Gallatin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Gallatin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Crosier Hudson Family Law, PLLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Franklin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Franklin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Hayes Thomas PLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • McCracken Law PLLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Martin Sir & Associates

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Thompson Burton PLLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Beal, Green, Nations & Crutcher

    Child Custody Lawyers | Franklin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Franklin Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Lindsey Amonette Nemer + Glassford, PLLC

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Polsinelli

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Law Office of Martha Child

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

  • Merritt Webb

    Child Custody Lawyers | Brentwood Office

    Child Custody Lawyers | Brentwood Office

  • Butler Snow LLP

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

    Child Custody Lawyers | Nashville Office | Serving Brentwood, TN

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Are You Trying to Get Custody of a Child?

Achieving custody of a child can be a highly emotional battle between parents. Add to that a number of legal issues courts weigh to award custody and child custody cases can become daunting. This area of law significantly impacts the child’s present well being and future.

Legal Issues in Child Custody

In determining who gets custody, courts consider what is in the “best interest” of the child, which is a broad term that does not have a fixed standard and can take into account a number of considerations. Child custody law is complex, so to get the best result obtaining the services of a qualified Brentwood attorney who practices child custody law is imperative.

What do judges look for in custody cases?

In every state, family court judges must consider what is in the child’s best interests when determining custody. In most cases, judges emphasize making sure the child will spend ample time with both parents. To make this happen, a judge will likely want to know what each parent’s home environment is like, whether each parent will be able to give a child the proper attention, and which situation the child will be most likely to thrive in.

Who has legal custody of the child when the parents aren’t married?

If the parents are not married, the child’s biological parents both have parental rights unless the law says otherwise. An exception to this could be if no father is listed on the child’s birth certificate. In that case, the father would have to go through the legal process of establishing paternity to be able to assert his parental rights for visitation.

How can a mother lose custody of her child?

A mother can lose custody of her child in much the same way a father could. This could include abusing the child, abusing drugs or alcohol, providing an unsafe home environment for the child, or abandoning the child.

How can you change a child custody order?

If you or your ex are unhappy with the current custody arrangement, you can negotiate a change to your agreement. If a judge feels that the changes are still in the child’s best interests, then they may approve the order. If one of you is pressing ahead with seeking a change and the other parent is contesting it, you will need to prove a “substantial” change in circumstances. This could include one of the parents moving out of state, suffering from a disability or illness that affects their parenting ability, exposing the child to an unsafe environment, or having a change in work circumstances that requires rescheduling of visitation.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic “road map” on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you’ve laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court’s reach in personal jurisdiction.

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