Parenting Plan

Tennessee judges and lawyers want to make sure children are not hurt by a divorce. There is now a law to help make divorce easier on the children. The Tennessee Parenting Plan law (Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 36-6-401, et seq.) came into effect on January 1, 2001. As a result, members of divorcing families work together to decide how to best meet the needs of the new family structure. The law is a reminder to parents that the most important part of a family is the children.

In order to help the parents, judges, clerks, mediators, parent education providers, and lawyers of Tennessee, we are providing the information necessary to more easily and effectively use the new law.

The Tennessee Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts do not provide legal advice and no information associated with this site should be construed as legal advice. It is recommended that all questions concerning how to proceed with a divorce under the Tennessee Parenting Plan Law or a petition for the modification of an existing divorce decree should be directed to an attorney of your choice.


For more information about Parenting Plans, please contact:

Anne-Louise Wirthlin, Access to Justice Coordinator
(615) 741-2687