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Visitation problems common in child custody situations

Tennessee parents may finalize their divorces with clear parenting plans in place, but this does not guarantee that both parties will adhere to the terms as they resume their separate lives. There are several common problems that can be quite serious, ultimately posing a risk of returning to court or dealing with legal repercussions. To minimize these risks, it may be helpful to review one's responsibilities at the outset of following a parenting plan, especially if time sharing is involved.

How people can protect themselves during divorce

Many Tennessee couples who are facing a divorce don't have extensive financial resources. That's why it's very important for them to protect themselves during the process of ending their marriage. Failure to negotiate, keep good records and to show a willingness to cooperate in the process can cost a divorcing spouse a significant amount of money. In fact, the economic consequences can make it very difficult for people to ever regain their financial health.

Important matters related to child support

Although both parents have an obligation to support their children until they reach the age of majority, the issue can become challenging if paternity has not been established. Tennessee courts might need to be involved if a father refuses to acknowledge paternity. If the parents of a child are married at the time of that child's birth, the husband will be presumed to be the father. However, an estimated 40 percent of children throughout the nation are actually born without the parents being married.

Military divorce rates are declining

The responsibilities of active military service members in Tennessee can have a significant effect on their family lives. Researchers who analyze military divorce have speculated that military divorce rates go up during stressful periods when there is a lot of deployment. They can also be affected by policy changes in certain branches of the military.

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