Good afternoon Wayne,
I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
Tennessee does not give preference to any particular relative as between grandparents and aunts or uncles of a child when there is a battle over custody. All relatives, blood or through marriage are given equal consideration based on the best interests of the child.
Tennessee specifically looks as the following:
Relative Placement for Foster Care and Guardianship
Citation: Ann. Code §§ 37-2-403;37-2-414
Whenever a child is removed from his or her home and placed in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services,
the department shall seek to place the child with a fit and willing relative if such placement provides for the safety and
best interests of the child. http://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-37/chapter-2/part-4/37-2-403
In other words, blood relation alone will not trump a non-blood relative. Rather the court looks at other issues such as prior contact with the child, suitability to care for the child and the home study report.
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