Chattanooga Grandparents' Rights Lawyer
When asked what kinds of custody or visitation rights grandparents enjoy in Tennessee, many would respond, "none." However, following a relatively recent national trend, this is no longer the case. In cases where child dependency, neglect or abuse is known to exist, a grandparent may petition a court for custody based on what the court decides to be the "best interest" of the child. Because parents have primary rights to raise their children, however, a grandparent seeking custody must prove that the parents are unfit, for example, for reasons of drug or alcohol addiction.
Furthermore, in Tennessee a court may grant a grandparent rights of visitation if:
- One of the parents is deceased
- The parents are unmarried or divorced
- One parent has been missing for six months
- Another state has issued an order of grandparent visitation
- The child had lived with the grandparent for 12 or more months
- The child and grandparent had a meaningful relationship for 12+ months
If you are grandparent looking for increased legal status concerning your grandchild's care and upbringing, Chattanooga grandparents' rights lawyer Mary Sullivan Moore can help.
A Grandparent's Significant Role
If you are a grandparent seeking visitation rights, one of the main things you will need to establish is that your grandchild would suffer emotional or other harm if the relationship came to an end. This is assumed to be the case if:
- You had previously been the primary caregiver
- You and your grandchild had a significant relationship, the loss of which would cause emotional harm to the grandchild.
For the purposes of the court, you are automatically considered to have a "significant" relationship with your grandchild if:
- Your grandchild lived with you for at least six months in a row
- You were your grandchild's full-time caregiver for at least six months in a row
- You had frequent visits with your grandchild for at least one year
If you are concerned about the welfare of your grandchild and want to seek increased legal standing regarding custody or visitation, Chattanooga grandparents' rights attorney Mary Sullivan Moore can answer your questions and outline your options based on your individual situation.
Contact Our Office Today
Call us at 423-933-1800 or use the contact form if you're ready to seek more involvement in the lives of your grandchildren.
Mary S Moore Reviews
"Our choice of Mary Sullivan Moore to represent our family in our legal matters has proven to be a wise decision. A skilled and gifted litigator, she has demonstrated her vast knowledge of the law and her ability to prioritize the needs of the client. She is well connected in the legal community and has displayed her ability to collaborate with all disciplines in the judicial system. While maintaining professionalism at all times, she also reveals her heart as a woman and mother. She is passionate about defending those who are in need of an advocate. The dedication and zeal she possesses for her job is evident. One of the most comforting and encouraging aspects of her personality is the compassion that she exhibits for her clients. If she is your representation, you can be assured that she is invested, she is knowledgeable, and she will do everything possible to help you achieve your desired results. Ms. Moore uses all of her skills to fight for your cause. We would not hesitate to recommend her for your legal needs." - Connie
"Words cannot do justice for what Mary Sullivan Moore and her team of top notch legal experts have provided for our family during a season of great challenge. We were first introduced to Mary at a pivotal moment and she wasted no time in stepping in to provide genuine representation when we needed it most. She is relentless in her pursuit to defend the innocent, the voiceless and she does so with the utmost integrity and poise. In an industry riddled with deception and a lack of transparency, Mary is the exception. She’s a bright light for the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hamilton County and our great community. " - Kenny
"Miss moore has helped me in the past she was very kind and helpful she made me feel like my life mattered to her id like to thank miss moore does for all the hard work she does in chattanooga!" - Brian