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Clarksville Relocation Lawyers

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When a couple with children gets divorced, it is common for one parent to relocate with the kids – whether it’s for a better job opportunity or to be closer to extended family members. However, the other parent may disapprove the move due to reduced parenting time and/or increased travel costs to visit the children. When both parents cannot agree on relocation, the court will decide.

If you are seeking or contesting relocation in Montgomery County, our legal team at Jeff Grimes & Associates, PLLC can protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process to get the results you desire. With more than three decades of experience, our Clarksville relocation attorneys can assess your case, figure out your available legal options, and ensure you get your day in court, if necessary.

To schedule a free initial consultation , call us today at (931) 398-5308.

Tennessee Relocation Laws

If a custodial parent wishes to move less than 50 miles away from the other parent’s home, he/she can do so without first seeking court approval. On the other hand, if a parent wants to move more than 50 miles away or to another state, he/she must give a written notice to the court and also send it to the other parent 60 days prior to the potential move.

The court notice must include all the following:

  • A statement of your intended relocation
  • The location of your potential new home
  • The reasons for the potential relocation
  • A statement saying the noncustodial parent has 30 days after receiving this notice to file a petition to object the potential move.

If a noncustodial parent doesn’t object to the relocation, the custodial parent can move after 30 days. The parent who wishes to move must also file a petition to modify the visitation schedule, unless both parents agree on the revised plan.

The court will make a decision based on the best interests of the child. Both parents must provide evidence to support their ability to act in the child’s best interests.

The following are common factors the court will consider when determining a child’s best interests:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The child’s age and needs
  • The relationship of both parents
  • The ability to provide a continuous relationship between the noncustodial parent and the child and offer a stable household
  • Each parent’s willingness to cooperate and act in the best interests of the child
  • The child’s preference, if he/she is at least 12 years of age
  • If the relocation will enhance the child’s quality of life (e.g. educational, health, financial, emotionally beneficial, etc.)
  • The quality of care the custodial parent provides the child
  • Any evidence of abuse of neglect
  • Any other parties who lives with the child

The judge will also examine the reason for the relocation and additional visitation costs incurred by the noncustodial parent. Our firm can thoroughly prepare you for the relocation hearing and develop a strong case to show that your interests are aligned with your child’s best interests.

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Our Clarksville relocation lawyers are ready to help you and your child get a fresh start in life. Do not hesitate to reach out immediately and let us get started on your case.

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At Jeff Grimes & Associates, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "They exceeded my expectations and got me everything I needed."

    I hired their law firm for a legal case and not only were they highly professional but always courteous and respectful. They exceeded my expectations and got me everything I needed. If I ever need legal services again I will definitely be choosing them in the future.

    - Lisa S.
    "HONEST, LOYAL, AND DEDICATED this firm gets 5 stars."

    If you need legal counsel then I highly recommend you make an appointment with this firm. Mr. Sensing was my attorney and is very dedicated to his clients going to great lengths to provide the very best defense possible. Stays in touch with his clients always bringing them up to speed on what is being done in their case providing copies of everything to the client. HONEST, LOYAL, AND DEDICATED this firm gets 5 stars.

    - Brad H.
    "I can honestly say I was not disappointed."

    I took a trip out to TN and got in to some trouble in Clarksville and needed representation for a case while I was I back in my home state. I went to Grimes, Sensing & Clemons feeling distraught and like I had no hope, seeking a solid defense attorney that would actually fight for my case and get me the best possible deal. I left feeling comfortable and confident. I can honestly say I was not disappointed, the only time I needed to come back to TN was for the sentencing(mind you cases may differ) and unbelievably Jeffery Grimes was able to pull a rabbit out of a hat and get a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor as well as talk down the court fines... I strongly suggest Jeffery Grimes as your defense attorney for any legal issues you may have, also their fees are very reasonable and they will do payment plans. Thank you very much Grimes, Sensing and Clemons.

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    "Thank you for helping me I know it’s your job but the peace of mind you gave me is priceless."

    Thank you so much Grimes, Sensing & Clemons PLLC!! I've been working with them for months and I couldn't be happier. Grimes helped with all of the little details I didn't even know I needed. He is always friendly and ready to answer all of my questions. Your attention to my case has allowed me to focus on what's important to me, healing and family. Thank you for helping me I know it’s your job but the peace of mind you gave me is priceless. Thanks again! ~ YC

    - Satisfied Client
    "The outcome for my request was better than I could have hoped for."

    I hired Mr Sensing to assist me with the modification of a parenting plan that just wasn’t working anymore. I hired another lawyer in the Clarksville area that did not do their due diligence. Mr Sensing and his team were great throughout the process. Emails and phone calls were actually returned in a timely manner! Which wasn’t the case with the lawyer I used before. I had access to all my court documents and was always kept informed on what was going on with my case. Lastly Mr Sensing is very experienced and knowledgeable in his field. The outcome for my request was better than I could have hoped for, and I honestly feel like that was due to Mr Sensing.

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    Grimes is the best defense lawyer you could ask for. He was able to take what would generally be a felony for sure and get it down to a misdemeanor and a fine. If you have him as your lawyer, you won't have anything to worry about.

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    Mr.Grimes made my case go very smoothly and easily for me I was out of state for a good part of it he went out of his way to let me know if something changed and he was always very professional and fairly priced! I would recommend him a thousand times over!!

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    "Fought with me the whole 2 years my case took for me to get the time with my son I’ve always wanted."

    Mr. Sensing is an excellent attorney. He fought with me the whole 2 years my case took for me to get the time with my son I’ve always wanted. I will definitely recommend his services to anyone and I will be going back to him if I have any issues in the future. Also Pat and Amy are awesome!!

    - Satisfied Client

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