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Visitation schedules

When Tennessee parents of young children end their marriage, child custody and visitation is often a primary concern. In most cases, parents want to want to maintain good relationships with their children. Court systems also recognize the importance of parental influence in their children's lives. Unless a parent is somehow deemed unfit due to behavioral issues, the courts will usually provide him or her with visitation time.

When parents divorce, they usually share legal custody. However, it is not unusual for one parent to have primary physical custody, which means that the children live with that parent most of the time. In such a case, a visitation or parenting time schedule will need to be worked out.

There are a number of factors that need to be considered when determining a visitation schedule.The best interest of the children are paramount, which may mean that the scheduling will focus on the children's needs. These include respect for a child's school schedule, as well as the child's involvement with extracurricular activities such as athletics or music. Parents may need to schedule visits in a way that does not interfere with the child's academic and personal development.

Other considerations include the parents' work schedules as well as the distance between their homes. There may also be modifications made to the schedule that accommodate summer and holiday vacations as religious holiday observances. In addition, a visitation schedule may allow noncustodial parents to take an extended vacation with their children one or more times per year. People who are considering a divorce and are concerned about child custody issues may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney.

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