What are my chances of taking my ex’s rights away from seeing my daughter?

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What are my chances of taking my ex’s rights away from seeing my daughter?

My soon to be ex-husband took our daughter to his girlfriends house when we agreed on waiting until I met her then lied about it while he was over there. I was really upset and he told me that he could do whatever he wanted. I have been nice to him and I let him get her on the the weekends. What would be my chances of winning if I fought him for visitation once a month? I’m 18, homeschooled trying to get my diploma and I don’t have a job but I plan on getting one soon. He has lied to several people the while time I have known him. He got me pregnant at 16 and he was 23.

Asked on July 7, 2012 under Family Law, Tennessee

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Tennessee does have provisions for terminating or limiting visitation rights of incompetent or abusive parents.  To prevail with one of these provisions, you have to show that your ex- won't take care of the child or has subjected the child to some bad harm.  Him lying to you is not likely to rise to the level of proof required to get his rights limited.  Even if he's a playboy, the courts will not terminate rights to a child absent some proof that it's in the child's best interest either physically or mentally. 


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