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Hip-hop celebrities' child custody battle turns new page

Many divorced parents in Tennessee struggle to deal with child custody issues. These problems can also be shared by celebrities, as in the case of hip-hop stars Nas and Kelis. The rapper and singer are divorced parents of an 8-year-old son, and their post-divorce relationship has included ongoing forays into court before reaching a custody agreement in March.

How abusive parents might still pursue child custody

Tennessee parents who are leaving an abusive marriage may face a custody challenge from the other parent. The American Psychological Association found that while most people assume that an abusive parent will be kept away from the children once the other parent leaves, this is often not the case. In fact, because family courts are focused on trying to keep children in contact with both parents, they may downplay reports of abuse. A study in 2012 by the American Judges Association found that in more than two-thirds of challenged cases, abusive spouses convinced a judge that the abused parent should not have sole custody or was unfit.

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.

Parent-child relationships at risk from custodial interference

Parents in Tennessee may face some of the most difficult aspects of their divorce when dealing with the issue of child custody. In many cases, both parents want to fight hard for more time with their children. Eventually, the custody issue should be resolved with a formal agreement and court order, but unfortunately, some parents refuse to accept the outcome of the child custody decision. These parents might repeatedly attempt to undermine the relationship with the other parent and keep their child away, breaking the parent-child bond over time. This is often referred to as custodial interference, and it can rise to the level of a criminal matter.

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.

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