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Relationships with both parents critical for kids after divorce

Anger and disappointment often drive parents in Tennessee to choose divorce, but the decision does not mean that children divorce their parents. Many children grow up without regular access to their fathers: One-third of children live in homes without their biological fathers.

Federal budget proposes national child support system

The Family Support Act requires lawmakers in Tennessee and around the country to set up state systems to enforce child support orders and collect delinquent payments, but efforts to comply with the 1995 law have often met with little success. The systems in many states are hampered by problems with technology and provide little in the way of useful information, and noncustodial parents who are struggling to make ends meet are paying the price. A new budget proposal addresses this issue by earmarking $63 million to establish a national system that could then be used by the states.

Avoiding custody fights is possible

Divorcing Tennessee couples are not necessarily destined for an ugly courtroom battle. The decision to end a marriage is never easy, and parents may find it challenging to set emotions aside when deciding how to divide time between households. Overcoming the temptation to fight can be the key, however, to keeping children out of a lengthy and expensive legal battle. If parents can work together and focus on the children's best interest, a great deal of time, acrimony and money can be saved.

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