Cynthia J. Bohn Attorney at Law

(615) 252-8866

Compassionate Child Custody Law Services

In Nashville, Tennessee, child custody law places primary emphasis on the best interests of the child and the ability to provide continuity of care for them. It also protects the rights and interests of non-custodial parents, as well as those of grandparents. Initial decisions regarding custody are based upon the relative fitness of each parent. Of course, this is often open to speculation, difficult to determine, and highly emotional for parents and children alike.

Cynthia J. Bohn Attorney at Law is dedicated to helping parents find a balance between their goals in the best interests of their children. She will work closely with you to help you understand the myriad of issues that can impact your chances of gaining custody. She can also assist you to create a sound parenting plan. These typically establish the primary residential parent, alternate residential parent, and visitation or parenting time for non-custodial parents. In addition, they include provisions for medical care, education, and child support.

If you are thinking about getting divorced and are concerned about gaining custody of your children, contact this experienced child custody lawyer as soon as possible. She can help you in this matter as well as other issues, such as change of custody, long-distance visitation, parental move away, and more.

Father and Daughter

Visitation Rights Services

Once it is determined who will be the primary residential parent, a visitation schedule must be established. Courts look at the facts of each case and consider many of the same factors used in determining primary custody. Factors such as the child's relationship with each parent, the child's home situation, and the child's wishes (if they are old enough) will all be evaluated in relation to parenting time with the alternate residential parent.

Visitation rights of grandparents is a legal issue many grandparents face when their child has a divorce, child custody, order of protection, neglect or abuse issue, and also following the death of a parent. In Tennessee, there are many factors that can affect the ability for a grandparent to receive visitation rights to see their grandchild. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, or loved one that is looking for legal advice or representation on gaining visitation rights, please contact Cynthia J. Bohn as soon as possible.

Paternity Services

Child support payments, inheritance rights, child visitation, and child custody are some of the issues that accompany the establishment of paternity. Cynthia J. Bohn has experience assisting clients in all of these matters and helping both women and men establish or disprove paternity.

In Tennessee paternity cases, the state dictates the procedure for establishing paternity, the obligations and liability of the father if paternity is established, and the process for paternity testing. This involves mandatory submission to a DNA test. If results indicate a 99.97% (or greater) chance of paternity, the man is presumed to be the father by the court. Conversely, if the man's genes fail to match the child's on two different genes, the percentage of probable paternity drops to zero.

Whether you are looking to establish or disprove paternity, Cynthia is here to help. Considering the many issues surrounding the well-being of the child, as well as the financial consequences for the mother and father involved, you owe it to yourself to contact her as soon as possible for legal representation.

Child Support Services

Child support is a payment designed to ensure that children benefit from the resources both parents can provide. When it is awarded in Tennessee divorce cases, it is typically paid to the primary residential parent by the alternative residential parent. It is also normally paid until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs last.

While several factors contribute to determining the amount of support to be paid, Tennessee guidelines are generally based upon income. Factors considered in making decisions about support payments include:

  • Gross Monthly Income of Each Parent
  • Health Insurance, Medical Care, & Daycare Costs
  • Educational Costs, Including Tuition
  • Number of Days per Year Spent by Each Parent with the Child
  • Additional Minor Children Residing in the Household or at Another Household

Basic child support is set by statute doing the figures, numbers, and costs to determine the statutory obligation of each parent to support their child. Cynthia has extensive experience handling all matters impacting child support, including initial support and modifications. She also has a deep understanding of enforcing child support orders and is well-versed in the Tennessee Laws for the Enforcement of Child Support.

Dependent Neglect

Whether they are true or not, allegations of abuse or neglect of dependents can create significant problems for parents. Sometimes these allegations are motivated by goals and issues far removed from the protection of the children themselves. Worse, children are vulnerable to suggestions that cause them to make unsubstantiated accusations against their parents. In addition, dependent neglect claims are easy to file, and the state must investigate every report of abuse. Cases can last a year or more once the state is involved, and the Tennessee Department of Children's Services will likely monitor the situation for years to come.

Cynthia J. Bohn has a vast amount of experience defending parents accused of dependent abuse or neglect. She will explain all of your options and guide you through the entire process compassionately and with minimal stress. She will put her knowledge of the law and experience to work on your behalf and will investigate the matter to determine whether the allegations are substantial. She will help you fight all of the following allegations and more:

  • Child Neglect or Abuse
  • Juvenile Criminal Charges
  • Injury to a Child
  • Emotional Neglect
  • Drug Use by a Parent or Minor Child
  • Parents Leaving Young Children Alone
  • Truancy Issues
  • Lack of Medical Care or Malnutrition
  • Abandonment

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