Child Custody

Tennessee is a shared parenting state.  One of the most important elements of any divorce case is the custody of children including mother’s and father’s rights.  Because child custody cases can be emotional among other considerations, if you are looking for an attorney experienced in custody matters, contact Emily Leininger to discuss your case.

Child Custody or Guardianship Issues?


I'dlike to help!  Child custody can be very stressful on all parties involved.   I pride myself  on being organized and well planned for the single purpose of getting you the best outcome for your child custody case.


When determining child custody in Tennessee, the court will consider the following factors:


  • The love and affection and overall relationship between the child and the child's parents or caregivers

  • The mental and physical health of the parents or caregivers

  • The child's preference, if the child is of a sufficient age and maturity level to make a reasonable choice (generally age 12 or the older)

  • The parent or caregiver's ability to provide food, clothing, a proper education, and medical care for the child

  • The child's home, school, and community record

  • Any history of physical or emotional abuse

  • Each parent's willingness to foster and encourage a relationship between the child and the child's other parent

  • Whether a custodial parent has been found guilty of the intentional death of the child's other parent or legal guardian



Emily Leininger, Attorney, focuses on the following areas:


  • Custody and Residential Care of Minor Children

  • Child Support


Child Support

An often contested area of the law, child support represents monetary support by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent for the care and support of minor children.

Guardianship of Minors

Closely related to child custody, a minor child that you are responsible for and is residing with you may need special consideration known as the guardianship. We can assist you to obtain a legal recognition of guardianship orders.