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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.

Planning for custody issues at the onset of divorce

Tennessee parents understand that parenting goes on after a couple chooses to divorce. What might not be completely clear to the parents is how they will do this successfully when they are no longer living together. They can, however, plan for this from the beginning of their separation.

Child custody when parents are unmarried

If a Tennessee couple is unmarried when they have a child, legally, both biological parents have a right to see the child unless there are extenuating circumstances that make it unsafe for the child. However, an unmarried father must first establish paternity. This may simply involve signing an acknowledgement of paternity when the child is born.

Options for reaching a child custody agreement

Tennessee parents who are ending their marriage will probably need to discuss child custody as they get the process of the divorce underway. While going to court and letting a judge make the final decision about child custody is always an option, there are other ways that parents can work together to resolve these issues and reach an agreement that might be more appropriate for all parties involved.

Coparenting after divorce in difficult circumstances

Tennessee residents who are struggling to co-parent with a difficult ex-spouse may be able to take some steps to defuse the conflict. The first thing a parent needs to do is focus on the children and put their needs first. A parent should also consider what things are most likely to set the other parent off. This makes it possible to anticipate and better control those situations.

Shared parenting may offer benefits for everyone

Tennessee parents who are ending their marriages will need to make decisions about the care of their young children. While some courts cling to antiquated custody and visitation ideas, viewing men as breadwinners and women as homemakers, more courts are turning towards shared physical custody as the model of choice following divorces.

When child custody exchanges go wrong

When Tennessee parents of minor children get divorced, there is a chance that they will share parenting duties. If the parents do each get a specific amount of time to spend with their children, there will be a need to actually physically hand the children over from one parent to the other. While thousands of families are involved in child custody exchanges every day, there are cases where these physical exchanges can have serious consequences.

Family preparedness plans help parents transfer child custody

Undocumented immigrants who are living in Tennessee might not have already made plans for their American-born children in case of deportation. It is possible for them to make arrangements, however. Some lawyers are volunteering in different parts of the country to assist immigrants without documentation with filling out and filing the paperwork needed to transfer child custody.

The benefits of shared parenting

Numerous studies have found that children do better when they have two parents in their lives. Although courts in Tennessee and throughout the U.S. tend to give custody to mothers, this is starting to change across the nation. Missouri and Kentucky have recently introduced shared parenting bills. A similar bill in Florida almost passed before being vetoed at the last moment by the state's governor.

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