Juvenile Court Procedures

The following actions can be filed in our office when they are regarding juvenile matters that do not need to be addressed in juvenile criminal court.


Petition for Temporary Custody ($154.25)

Form to complete when wanting to file for temporary custody of a minor child or children. If you are interested in filing this petition you will have to bring a current address for the person who presently has legal custody of the minor child or children and all other parties involved. The child must be a legal resident of Bradley County for the last 6 months consecutively before we have jurisdiction to hear the case.

Petition for Modification l Visitation l Name Changes/Etc ($154.25)

Form to complete when wanting to file for any modification of a court order, visitation of a child, a name change or any other action requiring a petition. If you are interested in filing this petition you will have to bring a current address for the person who presently has legal custody of the minor child or children and all other parties involved. The child must be a legal resident of Bradley County for the last 6 months consecutively before we have jurisdiction to hear the case.

Petition for change in Child Support ($154.25)

Form to complete when wanting to file for any change in a Child Support case. This may be an increase or decrease in child support payment amounts or termination of child support payments. If you are interested in filing this petition you will have to bring a current address for the person who presently has legal custody of the minor child or children and all other parties involved. The child must be a legal resident of Bradley County for the last 6 months consecutively before we have jurisdiction to hear the case.

New Child Support Cases

These cases are handled and opened per request of Child Support Enforcement. If you are interested in opening a child support case you will need to contact them at 423-479-8144 and they will handle the case for you in our court.

Dept of Children's Services Cases

These cases are handled and opened per request of Department of Children's Services. Cases like these are opened if dependency and neglect are present regarding a child or children. If you need assistance in a case like this please contact Department of Children's Services at 423-478-0351.

Minor Investment

This is a new case opened in the interest of a minor child. If the child has been awarded any monetary amount due to the death of a parent or guardian or some type of pain and suffering, etc., the money is placed in a designated account until the child reaches the age of 18 years old. This money is awarded by the State of Tennessee and the new case is then opened in that child's name.
 


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