MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- New changes to Tennessee’s Parental Bill of Rights affect any parent who shares custody of a child with their ex-husband or wife.
It's especially crucial to understand these changes now that school has started for many families. Family law attorney Justin Thomas joined us on Live at 9 to explain.
Changes to the law in Tennessee essentially gives equal rights to both parents, no matter which is the primary custodial parent.
The change is designed to enable co-parenting, so both parents can be involved in their child's life.
Now non-custodial parents can access school records or just visit their child at school.
Before the change, there was confusion about whether non-custodial parents were allowed either.
The custodial parent needs to ensure the school knows about the non-custodial parent, and must also give the non-custodial parent notice of things like extracurricular activities.
As with anything else, there are exceptions. Those are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Thomas is with Thomas Family Law, which is located at 6263 Poplar Ave., Suite 900. You can reach them at (901) 537-0010.