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Material Changes in Circumstances



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In Tennessee, a material change in circumstances related to a parenting plan typically refers to significant changes that affect the child's well-being or the ability of the parents to effectively co-parent. While there is no exhaustive list of what constitutes a material change, common examples include:


1. Relocation: If one parent or the child relocates, especially if it significantly impacts the existing parenting schedule or the child's access to both parents.

2. Changes in the Child's Needs: Such as changes in health, education, or extracurricular activities that require adjustments to the parenting plan.

3. Changes in Parenting Ability: This could include issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health concerns, or significant changes in work schedules that affect a parent's ability to care for the child.

4. Failure to Comply with the Existing Plan: If one parent consistently fails to adhere to the terms of the existing parenting plan, this could warrant modification.

5. Developmental Changes in the Child: As children grow older, their needs and preferences may change, necessitating modifications to the parenting plan.

6. Criminal Activity: If one parent engages in criminal behavior that impacts the child's safety or well-being.

7. Parental Relocation: If one parent plans to move a significant distance, it may require modifications to the parenting plan to accommodate the new circumstances.


It's important to note that the court will assess whether the proposed change is indeed material and substantial enough to warrant modification, and decisions will be made in the best interest of the child. Consulting with a family law attorney in Tennessee can provide specific guidance tailored to your situation.


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