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How to make children a priority during and after a divorce

Tennessee parents who are facing the end of their marriage should take into account how the situation will affect their children's well-being. In the midst of dealing with personal issues, sometimes children get shifted to a lower spot on the list of priorities. Despite conflicting views about the domestic situation, parents must create and implement strategies that will increase positive collaboration.

One of the first areas that should become a priority is building trust. Divorced parents may make unexpected decisions periodically such as missing the children's drop off time or altering parenting time arrangements. Parents are advised that embracing positive thoughts about the other parent's motives will reduce negative perceptions and tension.

When conflicting issues arise between divorced parents, it is imperative that parents take time to think of alternative ways to control their responses in a positive manner. One way is to avoid responding negatively while children are in the same room or area.

Divorce can be complicated when it comes to arranging child custody terms, child support, and parenting time. In most cases, courts will award joint legal custody, which means that each parent will be entitled to have input into certain decisions regarding their children, such as religion, education and health care. Many courts now believe that it is in the best interests of the children to spend as much time with each parent as possible, and as such, non-custodial parents are often granted liberal visitation rights. If the parents are able to negotiate a parenting plan with the assistance of their respective attorneys, then the court can make that part of the final order.

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