When a Tennessee court determines the custodial rights of two parents, a variety of different outcomes may result. The parents may share physical custody of their child and maintain space for the child in both of their households. A court may grant one parent sole physical custody of the child and allow the other to have visitation with them. If a parent is given visitation rights to their child it is important that they understand what those rights entail.
In Tennessee, a parent with visitation rights may have uncensored contact with their child when the child is in the custody of the other parent. This means that the parent and child must be able to speak on the phone without the interference of the custodial parent and must be able to communicate through mail without the custodial parent's involvement.
Parents with visitation rights have the right to view the child's medical records and to be informed of serious health concerns related to their child. They must receive adequate notice of when the child will be involved in an extracurricular activity so that they have time to plan their schedule so that they may attend the event. Parents with visitation rights must also be given a schedule from the custodial parent if the custodial parent takes the child out of state for more than two days.
There are other rights that noncustodial parents have that they should understand. Consultation with family law attorneys can be incredibly useful for parents who are struggling to maintain contact with their kids and who wish to do whatever they can to stay involved in their children's lives despite their child custody arrangements.