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Child Custody Archives

Does state law encourage a cooperative approach to child custody?

Tennessee lawmakers clearly hope that parents will continue to cooperate after a divorce for the sake of their children. For example, recent amendments to the Parental Bill of Rights contemplate the involvement of both parents in a child’s life, regardless of custodial or non-custodial status. 

Does it make sense to live close to your ex after a divorce?

Divorcing couples may look forward to spending less time with each other. When minor children are involved, however, a different set of rules may apply. Indeed, parents may need to work extra hard in making visitation plans work. It may even seem like more scheduling and cooperation is required after a divorce than during the marriage.

Attitudes about childhood divorce may be changing

Conventional wisdom may hold that children can be negatively impacted by a divorce. Some research also indicates that the effects of a childhood divorce may last a lifetime. However, while any change in home life can require adjustment, the author of a recent article claims that her parent’s divorce during her childhood actually made her stronger. 

Should some child custody factors be out-of-bounds in a divorce?

Divorce litigation can involve some uncomfortable areas, such as cheating spouses. In a recent example, a spouse was on the verge of requiring the deposition testimony of the “other man.” Even though the state of the divorce filing allowed no-fault divorces, the spouse’s intent was presumably to portray the other parent as unfit for joint custody of their child because of the affair.

Is there a trend toward shared custody arrangements?

Our family law firm has observed a trend in child custody determinations toward shared arrangements. Considering that both parents may have to balance work and parenting obligations, it perhaps makes sense that no single parent is awarded primary custody. Yet a shared approach may require greater cooperation, as a recent case illustrates. 

What needs to be part of our Tennessee parenting plan?

As a parent, there is only so much you can plan for. Much of a parent's day can involve adjusting to surprises and making new plans when the original plans fall through. However, having a plan in the first place can help you avoid certain surprises and be prepared should something unexpected occur.

Which acts may be considered violations of a parenting plan?

Parents who are not married typically have to comply with the terms of a parenting plan established or approved by the court. These plans lay out the rules with which parents must comply in regards to when they will have custody or visitation with their children.

For divorced parents, doing what's best for a child requires compromise

Today in the U.S., the Department of Labor reports that roughly 57 percent of women age 16 and older work outside the home. With the U.S. divorce rate hovering around 50 percent, working is a necessity for most divorced moms. As the roles played by men and women in the U.S. continue to shift and evolve, many argue that so too must views and laws related to child custody.

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