Recent Changes in Family Law Regarding the Primary Residential Parent Designation
For years, parents have spent countless hours and a great deal of money on attorneys’ fees arguing over the primary residential parent (PRP) designation. The PRP is typically the parent who spends the majority of the time with the child. Additionally, the PRP’s residence is the child’s primary residence for school purposes.
For some parents in the state of Tennessee, the legislature has made it easier to resolve this much contested issue. As of July 1, 2019, parents that agree to a parenting schedule with equal parenting time have gained two more options when it comes to determining who will be the PRP. Parents can now agree to have a joint PRP designation or they may waive the PRP designation entirely. It is important to note that if this cannot be agreed to by the parties, then a PRP still needs to be named. Additionally, if you agree to an equal parenting schedule, then either parent’s address can be used to determine where your child goes to school.
These new laws will hopefully alleviate the time, stress, and money spent on determining who the PRP will be as well as the advantages that come with it. If you are going through a divorce where minor children are involved, or wish to modify a parenting plan, please give us a call. We are here to answer questions and to help you make informed decisions. You can reach Emily by telephone at (615) 567-7306 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach Kelli Haas directly at (615) 567-7304 or by email at email@example.com.