No parent wants to throw their child's life into chaos with a divorce, but oftentimes ending a marriage is the best way for a Tennessee parent to create a better life for themselves and their child. When divorce becomes a reality in a family's future, a lot of questions can come to the surface. Where will the child live? How will the parents stay connected to the child when they are apart? And what arrangement of physical custody will give the child the best chances of thriving in their new living situation?
Often when Tennessee residents divorce they anticipate living their lives without the involvement of their soon-to-be former partners. Unfortunately, though, many former spouses must continue to interact and work together when they share children. This is especially true when the former partners agree to or have a joint custody order imposed pursuant to their divorce.
There are two forms of child custody that Tennessee parents must resolve when they choose to end their relationship and share their children in separate households. The first is physical custody. This form of custody is incredibly important, because it dictates where a child will live and how their noncustodial parent will have visitation time with them.
Getting a child settled in the wake of their parents' divorce can be a heavy undertaking for the parent who has primary physical custody of the child. The emotional toll that a divorce imposes on a child can be significant, as can be the difficulties associated with managing a new living arrangement and visitation schedule with the child's noncustodial parent. It is often the continuity of staying in their same school, keeping up with their same activities and visiting with their same friends that helps kids work through the challenges of their parents' divorce.
When a Tennessee court determines the custodial rights of two parents, a variety of different outcomes may result. The parents may share physical custody of their child and maintain space for the child in both of their households. A court may grant one parent sole physical custody of the child and allow the other to have visitation with them. If a parent is given visitation rights to their child it is important that they understand what those rights entail.
One thing seemed perhaps reasonably certain to you as a Tennessee parent regarding the court order imposed on child custody arrangements in your family law case, and that was this: At some point, it would need to be changed.
The law often evolves. These changes can reflect an attempt to right a wrong, an attempt to adjust the current law so that its application is more likely to result in justice. This is true for all areas of law, including family law.
Every family is different, and the reasons why families pull apart are complex and unique. During a divorce or separation, parents may become distracted by the trauma and stress of the situation, and it is common for grandparents to step in and provide a stable environment for the children until matters settle down.