Nashville Child Custody and Child Support Lawyers

Child custody and support, whether handled through a divorce or between two unwed parents, can be an emotionally demanding process.  Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC can assist you in reaching an agreement in the best interests of your child, and amicable to both parties. If no agreement can be reached, Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC can effectively represent you in court, doing what is necessary to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Paternity, Visitation, and Child Support

Nashville child cupport attorneys Vanessa Saenz and Matt Maniatis can assist parents with all sorts of needs, such as establishing paternity, negotiating and setting visitation agreements, explaining potential child support payments, and arguing for child custody and primary visitation. They are committed to protecting the best interests of your child and promoting fair visitation and support arrangements.

  • Establishing Paternity: For children born out of wedlock, the Mother is vested with full custody in the child, and the Father’s rights need to be established through a court order. Paternity can be established through agreement of the parties, or by DNA genetic testing.
  • Setting a Parenting Plan: Parenting plans can be through agreement of the parties, but the Judge will utlimately have to approve any proposed plan with the goal of maximzing each parent's time with the minor child. A day-to-day schedule and a holiday schedule will need to be worked out with clear language so both parties understand their rights and responsibilities. An experienced attorney will use the right language when drafting your agreement to avoid misinterpretation of the parenting plan. If domestic violence or drug issues are present, the court can also order parenting time to be supervised.
  • Child Support: Once a parenting plan has been set, the Court is required to order child support payments, unless the parties are living together. Under the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, an "income shares" model is used where both parents share in the financial support of the minor children. Child support payments will be determined primarily by the income of the parties and the amount of time spent with the minor child. Other factors affecting child support include health insurance and childcare payments, as well as credits for other children in the home.
  • Contempt: If one party fails to abide by the terms of the parenting plan or child support order, the attorneys at Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC can assist you in filing a Petition for Contempt. In this proceeding, the non-abiding parent can be subject to fines and/or jail time if it is proven he or she willfully failed to perform his or her duties under the court order.

Safeguarding the Best Interests of your Child | Davidson County Juvenile Court Attorney

In determining the best interest of your child, upon an initial custody determination, the court will look at several factors:

  • The love, affection, and emotional ties existing between the parent and child.
  • The ability of the parent to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care, education, and other necessities.
  • Stability and continuity in the child’s life, as well as the family unit.
  • The mental and physical health of the parent.
  • The history of the child’s home, school, and community.
  • The reasonable preference of the child, if 12 years of age or older.
  • Any evidence of physical or emotional abuse to the child.
  • The character and behavior of the parent, and those who reside in or frequent the parent’s home.
  • Each parent’s past and potential for future performance of parenting responsibilities.
  • The parent’s willingness to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and both parents, consistent with the best interests of the child.

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Attorneys can assist you in formulating a compelling argument to assist you in your child custody, visitation, or child support needs. For a phone consultation about your child custody, visitation or support issue, or to set up an appointment at our Nashville office, contact us today. We represent clients in Davidson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

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