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How child support is handled in joint custody situations

Sharing custody of children does not necessarily mean that neither parent pays child support. States have different ways of determining child support when custody is shared. In Tennessee, calculating child support takes both parents' income into account when they have joint custody. The calculation for joint custody uses how much time the child spends at each parent's home to reach a final figure. This approach varies from state to state, and some states will not calculate child support for parents who share custody.

Steps a parent can take to regain child custody

Losing custody of a child, as some Tennessee parents know, is a painful experience that might make a parent believe all is hopeless. While it is difficult to accept that a court has taken custody away and granted it to an ex, another relative or the foster care system, there are steps a parent can take to prove to the court that a child belongs with them.

Child custody and interference with visitation

Many Tennessee divorced parents have primary physical custody of their children, and the other parent may be granted visitation as specified by the court. After a custody case has been decided, custodial parents are not free to cut the other parent out of their children's lives for good. Each parent has a duty to foster a healthy relationship between the children and the other parent. Failure to do so can result in the case being brought back to court.

An overview of child custody arrangements

Tennessee parents who get a divorce must generally decide on how to share custody of their children. In some cases, parents may seek sole custody out of spite for a former partner. However, custody rulings are made based on what is in the best interests of the children. This means that a parent could have sole physical custody while sharing legal custody or share both physical and legal custody.

Law Office of Lisa Collins Werner Recognized AIOFLA Two Years Top 10

Knoxville residents might be interested in learning that the Law Office of Lisa Collins Werner was recently named as being among the Two Years 10 Best Law Firms by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. This award is given to recognize the law firms that are considered to be among the top 10 firms in family law in their states.

The repercussions of establishing or challenging paternity

Tennessee residents might find themselves in situations where a child's paternity is called into question. Whether a person is attempting to establish paternity or to challenge a previous ruling of paternity, there are repercussions that will affect both parents and the child involved.

Dealing with a narcissistic coparent

Divorced Tennessee parents who are coparenting with a narcissist may face some particular challenges. One woman had just had a particularly good stretch of time with her children when her ex-spouse phoned her and said the children would not be returning to her because they were afraid of her. Initially, she did not take it seriously because he had said similar things so often before. He had a pattern of stirring things up before a court action, and she had recently filed yet another motion to pressure him to pay support.

Looking at nesting as an alternative custody arrangement

When Tennessee parents are going through the divorce process, the children often get caught up in the changes that are being made to the family structure. Many children who have divorcing parents face a future that they have no control over, which can make it difficult to deal with, especially because they may no longer see as much of each parent as they are accustomed to.

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