OFFICE 615.414.1329
SANDRA L. WELLS
ATTORNEY AT LAW

Franklin TN | Divorce Lawyer | Family Law Resources| Attorney | Child Custody

DIVORCE & CHILD CUSTODY

Family law matters are always stressful and going through a divorce can be draining financially and emotionally, as emotions often run high in a divorce. The Law Office of Sandra Wells can guide you though this stressful time as well as guide you through this process by providing you with a clear understanding of the legal issues and help you avoid costly legal consequences. At the Law Office of Sandra Wells, we focus on helping resolve family law matters in a logical and commonsense way. We believe that the parties involved can almost always resolve their cases better between themselves with the help of a lawyer, than they can before a judge who knows nothing about them. Litigation usually means more stress, more time, and more money spent. We understand that a divorce is one of the most stressful times of your life and you can trust that the Law Office of Sandra L. Wells will make the process as easy and efficient for you as possible. The Law Office of Sandra Wells will provide you with personal and individualized legal advice and representation, covering all aspects of family law issues including, but not limited to: divorce, child support, child custody, alimony, equitable division, contempt and modification actions. We will do our utmost to settle these issues before proceeding to trial; however, you can rest assured that if we reach an impasse with opposing counsel, your ex-spouse or significant other, we will zealously advocate for you in court. If you are facing a divorce or child custody dispute or are looking to establish your parental rights, please contact the Law Office of Sandra Wells for a free consultation to see whether we can help you solve your legal problems.


FAMILY LAW RESOURCES

If you’re currently going through a family law matter such as a divorce or a child custody battle, you already know how difficult it can be to keep your emotions in check. You may be having a hard time making decisions or reaching resolutions with your spouse, partner, or family member. At The Law Office of Sandra L. Wells, our family attorneys understand what you’re going through, and we want to reassure you that having such complex feelings during your legal matter is completely normal. After all, the decisions you make now will change your life for many years to come. For this reason, our goal is to offer you compassion during this tough time as well as legal services that help you reach peaceful resolutions. 

The Law Office of Sandra L. Wells is equipped to handle family matters such as:divorce,legal separation, domestic partnerships, child custody, child visitation, child support, alimony, domestic violence, orders of protect, property distributionWe’re able to draw from our prior experience and knowledge to protect your best interests throughout the duration of your case. Getting a family law attorney from our firm involved in your situation doesn’t mean that you want to start or continue a conflict; it simply means that you’re ready to work toward a resolution so that you can move forward. If you’re ready to put conflict behind you in favor of a fresh start, contact The Law Office of Sandra L. Wells to see how our family law attorneys can help.

Tennessee law allows two types of divorces, fault and no-fault grounds. No-fault grounds are "irreconcilable differences." Fault grounds include, but are not limited to, adultery, bigamy, desertion, as well as numerous other grounds. For more information, please refer to T.C.A. 36-4-101.PARENTING PLAN:A parenting plan is part of your final divorce order. It says what each parent will do for the children, who will make the decisions and how parenting time will be divided between the parents. All parents who divorce after January 1, 2001 must have a written parenting plan. If you were divorced before January 1, 2001 you only need a parenting plan if you make changes in your child custody or visitation.
PARENTING PLAN: A parenting plan is part of your final divorce order. It says what each parent will do for the children, who will make the decisions and how parenting time will be divided between the parents. All parents who divorce after January 1, 2001 must have a written parenting plan. If you were divorced before January 1, 2001 you only need a parenting plan if you make changes in your child custody or visitation.


  DEPENDANT & NEGLECTED CHILDREN

The court will base their decision on “the best interest” of the child by taking the following factors into consideration:The emotional ties, love, and affection between the parents and the child;The ability of the parents to provide adequately for the child;The quality of the child's adjustment to the child's present environment, including the home, school, and community, provided there is no evidence of child abuse;The stability of the family unit, as well as the mental and physical health of the parents;The preference of the child if 12 years of age or older. The court may also hear the preference of a younger child upon request, but it will not be given as much weight as that of an older child;Evidence of abuse to the child, the other parent, or any other person;The character of any other person who resides with or frequently interacts with the child;The parenting abilities of each parent, including their willingness to encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent. [Based on Tennessee Code - Title 36, Sections 36-6-106]



In Tennessee, a dependent and neglected child includes the following:
  1. A child without a parent or guardian;
  2. A child whose parent, guardian, or person the child lives with is unfit to care for the child due to cruelty, mental incapacity, immorality or depravity;
  3. A child who is under improper care or supervision by any person, agency, or organization;
  4. A child who is unlawfully kept out of school;
  5. A child whose parent or guardian neglects or refuses to provide necessary medical care for the child;
  6. A child, who because of a lack of supervision, is found anywhere that is unlawful;
  7. Any child who is under improper care which would lead to injury or would endanger the morals or health of the child or others;
  8. A child who is suffering from abuse or neglect;
  9. A child who has been allowed to engage in prostitution or obscene photographing and whose parent fails to protect the child from further activities;
  10. A child willfully left in the sole financial and physical care of a relative for more than 18 months, and the removal of the child from the care of the relative would result in substantial harm to the child.



Tennessee Code Annotated §37-1-102(b)(12)

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Franklin, TN 37067
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