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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.

Tips for parenting after a divorce

Most parents in Tennessee who are going through a divorce will have to deal with co-parenting. While this can be challenging, there are a number of things parents can keep in mind that may help them work through their conflicts and make the process less difficult for the children.

Tyrese Gibson awarded joint custody of his daughter

Tennessee residents who enjoy following celebrity news may be interested to learn that Tyrese Gibson was granted joint custody of his daughter on Nov. 17. The Fast and the Furious series actor had been fighting to see his daughter since his ex-wife claimed that he had physically abused the child.

Unmarried parents and child custody

If a child is born to an unmarried couple in Tennessee, the father is not assumed to be a legal parent. Therefore, the father generally needs to sign an affidavit claiming responsibility for the child. Doing so gives both the mother and father the same legal rights and responsibilities to the child. The parents then have the freedom to give the child whatever name that they deem to be appropriate.

Shared custody may be best for the kids

Tennessee parents who are approaching divorce may be interested in the results of a study that indicates joint parenting gives children the greatest likelihood of success. Meanwhile, statistics show that the mother is awarded physical custody in 80 percent of cases decided by the courts. Critics of shared physical custody argue that conflict between estranged parents has too detrimental an effect on children.

What to know about fatherhood in America

A father's role has evolved significantly over the past several decades. In Tennessee and elsewhere, it is not uncommon to see dads staying at home or even acting as a single parent. According to a Pew Research poll, fathers are nearly just as likely as mothers to say that being a parent is central to their identity. In fact, 54 percent of fathers say that being a parent is rewarding all of the time while 46 percent say that it is enjoyable all of the time.

About child custody

There are several prevalent myths surrounding child custody. Parents in Tennessee who have unresolved child custody issues should know what is and is not true about the matter before they go to court.

Whose home for the holidays? It's all in your parenting plan.

Christmas music hasn't hit the airwaves yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about the holidays. If you're separated or divorced, this emotional time of year can become even more so if it's not clear when you're going to be with the kids.

Parenting plan 101: What to expect

Raising a child after divorce can be an extraordinary challenge, especially when the other parent is someone you no longer love or even like. However, parents all across Tennessee do this every day so keep in mind that even when it seems hopeless, it is indeed possible to co-parent after divorce.

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