Dating and child custody
As a general term, joint legal custody meant that both parents shared equally the right to care for and supervise a child.And that both parents shared equal authority to make important decisions regarding education, non-emergency health care, choice of religion, and extra-curricular activities.Understand that a parent’s authority is never absolute.When one parent disagrees with the other parent who has final decision-making authority, he or she can initiate mediation to address whether the other parent’s decision is in the best interests of the child.(This is especially so on school nights and school mornings.) A Tennessee parenting plan allocates final decision-making authority between the parents on topics such as education, health care, extracurricular activities, and religious upbringing.This final decision-making authority may also be shared jointly.
Under current parenting plan law, these concepts are split.In Tennessee, the term primary residential parent, or PRP, means the parent with whom the child resides more than 50% of the time.For other legal reasons, a primary residential parent must be declared even when parents share exactly equal time with their child.However, sole custody no longer exists as a meaningful legal term in Tennessee law.
In 2001, Tennessee’s parenting plan law created parenting plans.In the same general sense, the legal custodial parent was the parent with most, if not all, final decision-making authority.