2018 Tennessee Code
Title 36 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 6 - Child Custody and Visitation
Part 3 - Visitation
§ 36-6-307. Determination of best interests of child for grandparent visitations.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 36-6-307 (2018)
  • In determining the best interests of the child under § 36-6-306, the court shall consider all pertinent matters, including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
  • (1) The length and quality of the prior relationship between the child and the grandparent and the role performed by the grandparent;

  • (2) The existing emotional ties of the child to the grandparent;

  • (3) The preference of the child if the child is determined to be of sufficient maturity to express a preference;

  • (4) The effect of hostility between the grandparent and the parent of the child manifested before the child, and the willingness of the grandparent, except in case of abuse, to encourage a close relationship between the child and the parent or parents, or guardian or guardians of the child;

  • (5) The good faith of the grandparent in filing the petition;

  • (6) If the parents are divorced or separated, the time-sharing arrangement that exists between the parents with respect to the child;

  • (7) If one (1) parent is deceased or missing, the fact that the grandparents requesting visitation are the parents of the deceased or missing person;

  • (8) Any unreasonable deprivation of the grandparent's opportunity to visit with the child by the child's parents or guardian, including denying visitation of the minor child to the grandparent for a period exceeding ninety (90) days;

  • (9) Whether the grandparent is seeking to maintain a significant existing relationship with the child;

  • (10) Whether awarding grandparent visitation would interfere with the parent-child relationship; and

  • (11) Any court finding that the child's parent or guardian is unfit.

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