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Divorced parents can limit screen time

Tennessee divorced parents often struggle with establishing rules for their children. Issues may arise regarding the use of electronics and limiting screen time.

Family therapists often recommend parents who have shared child custody to establish regular routines in both homes that mirror each other. However, parents may have different opinions on topics. For example, one parent may think that some screen time is fine if it encourages activity or provides an important social aspect. The other parent may have read about the negative consequences of too much time in front of a tablet, phone, computer or other electronic media. However, if parents can work together to reach a compromise about issues such as these, there can be continuity between the homes.

In order to create a better co-parenting relationship after a divorce, it is important for parents to approach issues in a calm manner. The parties can sit down and discuss the concerns that they have. However, if one of the parties is resistant to approaching the issues in this manner, there are generally two ways to resolve the issues. The first and more drastic action is to go to court. This gives the judge the power to decide what is best for the family. This strategy is usually preferred when one of the parties believes that the child is in danger in some way. The second option is to let the issue go. The parents may agree to disagree regarding the issue and diverge on the issue in their respective homes.

Individuals who are having difficulties sorting out issues after a divorce may choose to contact a lawyer to learn about their rights. A family law attorney may provide information about the pros and cons of each option.

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