Child Custody & Visitation

Collierville, Tennessee, Child Custody and Visitation Lawyer

In regard to child custody law, Tennessee has shifted in recent years toward encouraging shared parenting of children after a divorce. You need a skilled attorney to create an agreement that is workable for both parents and protects the best interests of the child.

Mitzi C. Johnson, Attorney at Law, in Collierville, Tennessee, has over 15 years of experience handling custody and visitation cases in Tennessee and Mississippi. She works closely with clients, guiding them through the process with skill and care.

Protect your parental rights. Call 901.457.1209 or e-mail today to schedule an appointment with Mitzi C. Johnson.

Permanent Parenting Plans

As part of the divorce process in Tennessee, the state requires a permanent parenting plan. This plan, whether by agreement of the parties or by order of the Court, covers all parenting issues including:

  • Primary residential parenting status
  • Parenting time (visitation schedule)
  • Medical costs of the child or children
  • Insurance coverage for the child or children
  • Decision-making authority
  • Child support
  • Income tax exemptions

Finding Common Ground Through Mediation

When negotiating the parenting plan, mediation can be a valuable tool to achieve a workable child custody and visitation schedule for all involved. This is preferred to taking the issues to a judge, as parents know their schedules and can usually work out a more flexible schedule that meets their needs and their children's needs.


When a plan no longer works for one or both parties, it may be possible to modify it. In order to qualify for modifications, there must be a substantial and material change of circumstances. A variety of things can be modified including:

  • Parenting schedules
  • Decision-making authority
  • Primary residential parenting status (custody)
  • Child support

To discuss your child custody and visitation needs with experienced family law attorney Mitzi C. Johnson, contact her today to schedule an appointment.