Getting to the end of a divorce with a workable child custody order or agreement in place can be a great relief to a Tennessee parent. Often, individuals worry about how divorce and separation will impact their kids and finding common ground on matters related to where children will live and how they will be raised can alleviate stress and worry. Unfortunately, however, not all families are able to maintain their custody and parenting schedules. Disruptions and changes in parents and kids' lives can require them to modify their operating orders and agreements.
Generations ago it was not uncommon for some Tennessee residents to live within a few miles of where they were born. Families stayed close to each other and leaned on their loved ones in good times and in bad. While some individuals still call their childhood communities home, it is becoming more common for individuals to move, often more than once, for love, careers, and other reasons.
It can be an agonizing process for two Tennessee residents to work out the details of a child custody and visitation agreement. When they split up or divorce, parents must make decisions or have courts decide for them on matters related to where their children will live, how they will be supported, and who may make decisions about their welfare. Once their custody and visitation plans are set, the parents are bound to follow them or suffer the consequences of their actions.
There is no perfect substitute for real in-person time with one's child. From holding their hand while crossing the street to pushing them on swings when out at the park, a parent cherishes the opportunities that they have to be near their children. Unfortunately, some Tennessee parents have to move far from their kids in order to accommodate their jobs or new relationships.
One of the hardest aspects of ending a marriage is figuring out how two parents will share the custody and enjoyment of their kids. In Tennessee parents may be granted sole custody of their kids or joint custody, and these designations may apply to both the physical and legal custody of their kids. The following paragraphs will attempt to provide more clarity on these terms but readers should discuss their individual legal questions with their attorneys.
It is not uncommon for Tennessee parents to want to provide their kids with better lives than they had when they were growing up. For some, that can mean giving their children the stable home that they did not have as youths. However, making a child the center of a parent's focus can be hard when they have to share the child with their ex. When establishing a child custody plan, parents and courts have to look at how best to serve the unique needs of a child.
Losing time with one's own child due to divorce or separation can be devastating for a parent in Tennessee who wants nothing more than to support their child and bestow as much love upon them as possible. However, as readers of this blog know, after the end of a relationship parents must work out arrangements that involve the custody of their children. In some cases parents will share physical and legal custody of their kids, but in other cases parents may find themselves without custodial rights. Whether a parent has physical custody of their child will have a big influence on how the matter of parental relocation will be resolved.
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.
One of the greatest sacrifices that a Tennessee parent may have to make when they choose to divorce their spouse is their loss of custodial time with their child. Even when a parent is able to maintain shared physical custody of their child with their ex, they still must cope with the fact that they will not have direct access to their child when their child is with their other parent. There is a way, though, that a parent can stay involved in their child's life even when the child is out of their home, and that is through the right of a parent to legal custody.
When Tennessee courts decide matters related to the custody and welfare of children they make furthering the best interests of the children at issue a top priority. As all children have their own unique needs, it is impossible to explain in a brief post how a child custody and visitation dispute can be resolved when one or both of the parents elect not to follow their agreement or order. However, the general information contained in this post may apply to a variety of custody and visitation challenges, all of which should be discussed with readers' family law attorneys.