Most people do not plan to get divorced at the same time that they marry. Life changes can cause rifts in couples that can later lead to the desire the end the relationship. When children are involved, the situation can be more serious as Tennessee parents want to do what is best for their children, especially when it comes to child custody.
When going through divorce, Tennessee parents often face concerns over the custody of their children. While they may initially think that child custody only refers to with whom the children will live, there is more to the situation than just living arrangements. In fact, parents considering their custody options may want to remember that both legal and physical custody will play a role.
Wanting the best for their kids is a common desire that Tennessee parents have. However, it is much more difficult to determine the actions that will actually help their kids have the best lives possible. In particular, when parents are having to deal with child custody issues and parenting plans, they may worry about every choice they make.
Many Tennessee parents may fear the day when their children do not want to spend as much time with them as they used to. Typically, this occurs when children reach teenage years or as they develop their own senses of independence. However, after divorce, some parents may notice that their children become harsh and distant, and while this could be an emotional side effect of the family split, it could also indicate a child custody issue.
If you find yourself in the middle of a child custody dispute, it's important to understand your legal rights. Along with this, you need to realize that compromise will be necessary if you want to settle all your differences in a timely manner.
Reaching a child custody decision is rarely easy. It can easily be the most difficult part of a divorce, or, for couples who were not married, the most difficult part of dissolving a relationship. When you are going through a child custody battle, you have two options for reaching an arrangement. The first is to go through the court system, leaving the decision in the hands of judge. The second option is to reach an agreement with your partner through mediation.
It is an unfortunate reality that many grandparents are legally barred from visiting their grandchildren. To remedy this, some grandparents petition the court for visitation rights. In Tennessee, grandparents do have the right to see their grandchildren—in a few unique circumstances. We examined these circumstances in our first blog post about the state of grandparents’ rights in Tennessee.
The thought of being unable to visit their grandchildren is enough to break any grandparent’s heart. For many grandparents, though, being separated from their grandchildren is an everyday reality. Sometimes, this is because of scheduling issues or long-distance commutes. In other situations, a child custody arrangement prevents grandparents from visiting their grandchildren.
Reaching a child custody agreement can be a confusing and difficult time for a parent. Everyone wants what is best for their child, but the process may be fraught with emotion. Factor in the complex nature of the court system and any parent may feel overwhelmed.
These days, it appears that retailers completely ignore the Thanksgiving holiday and simply jump to Christmas. Not only will you see holiday decorations at malls, and "pre-holiday" deals peppering advertisements. While the holiday season is supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year," it may be difficult to buy into that statement when you have to co-parent with someone with the sensitivity of the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas." but even the evil Grinch showed that he had a heart...eventually.