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Common child custody issues in Tennessee

There are many issues that come into play during a child custody proceeding. For instance, a judge may need to take a look at whether a parent is physically or mentally abusive toward a child. Ideally, a parent will stay in one geographical area to provide a stable environment for a son or daughter. Parents should also have a job or steady source of income if they are seeking custody.

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.

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.

Putting children first makes divorce easier for parents

When parents in Tennessee decide to divorce, there is often a lot of anger that can disrupt communication. However, it's important for parents to figure out how to set aside anger in order to establish a meaningful dialogue regarding child custody arrangements. There are a number of ways to get past hurt feelings and focus on the children. Below are a few pointers.

TV star settles custody dispute

Tennessee parents going through a divorce often have one primary concern throughout the process, which is protecting their relationship with their children through a supportive child custody agreement. These problems and concerns are shared by celebrities and other well-known names going through a divorce.

How shared parenting is changing custody

Tennessee parents who are getting a divorce might be considering sharing custody of their children. Traditionally, mothers get custody of children, and fathers have visitation rights. This stems from a doctrine that governed child custody decisions for many years and assumed that mothers were better caregivers than fathers. Although replaced by the best interests of the child as the standard for determining child custody, many argue that courts remained biased against fathers since mothers still tend to get custody.

False abuse allegations and the narcissistic coparent

One big challenge some parents in Tennessee might face after divorce is dealing with a narcissistic coparent. In this situation, a parent should make sure that all custody and visitation rights are documented. In some cases, it might be necessary to get law enforcement involved. Parents should also offer stability and unconditional love for their children who are likely to eventually get old enough to realize the narcissistic parent has lied to them.

Judge grants actor Tyrese Gibson joint custody of daughter

Moviegoers in Tennessee who have seen actor Tyrese Gibson in some of the "The Fast and the Furious" films might have also noticed his very public child custody dispute. The most recent ruling from a family court judge appears to have resolved the situation by approving 50/50 joint custody of his daughter with his ex-wife.

Abusive relationships create co-parenting challenges

Divorce offers some relief to people in Tennessee when they want to escape violent relationships, but co-parenting often keeps the door open to an abusive former partner. University researchers collected information from domestic violence victims during the first year after divorce to evaluate whether abuse continued as the former partners continued to raise children.

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