It can be very hard for people going through a divorce to divide up their lives after spending years together in a committed marriage. They may fight over which of them will keep their marital home, and they may disagree over how their shared property should be separated between them. One matter that can be particularly hard for Tennessee parents to agree on is how they should split their time with their children after a divorce.
Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues a couple works through pursuant to their divorce. While parents often want what is best for their kids they may feel that the time that has been allotted to them to be with their children is insufficient. Especially when one parent is granted sole physical custody and the other is granted visitation rights, the noncustodial parent may feel as though they do not have a large enough presence in the lives of their offspring.
If a court is tasked with deciding matters of physical custody it will do everything in its power to maintain the best interests and needs of the child who will be impacted by the custodial determination. That may mean allowing parents to share time with their kids in a joint physical custody plan or limiting the time one parent has with their kids through a plan like the one discussed in the paragraph above.
As all kids and families have different needs and dynamics, so courts need to remain fluid in the forms of physical custody arrangements they can assign pursuant to a divorce. When parents cannot or do not create plans on their own for the custodial needs of their child, courts must strike the proper balance for them and put forth custodial orders that achieve the best possible outcomes for the child.