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Tips for renegotiating visitation

When you have children, situations can change very quickly. The needs of a child change swiftly as they grow older, and when it comes to their custody and visitation arrangements, it may be necessary to update these as situations change.

If you are a noncustodial parent with visitation rights, you may long to spend more time with your child. Over the last months or years of spending time with your child, it's likely that you have strengthened your bond, and as the child has grown, they have probably become more attached to you. This is a great reason to consider renegotiating your visitation arrangements so that you can spend more time with your child. The following are some tips for doing this.

An overview of child custody laws in Tennessee

Separating from the other parent of your children will likely mean that you'll both have to figure out a way to share custody. If you have an amicable relationship with your ex, this might be relatively simple. In this case, you would be able to work together to create a routine for your child that is in harmony with both of your schedules.

Many times, however, exes fight about how they should distribute their child's care. In some cases, both parents want full custody, and in others, parents cannot agree on how their child should be reared. If you are in this situation, you should first gain an understanding of the child custody laws in place in Tennessee.

Tips for dividing assets in Tennessee

When going through a divorce in Tennessee, one of the most important agreements you will need to come to is the agreement on how marital assets will be divided. All assets belonging to either divorcing spouse can fall into one of two categories: separate assets or marital assets. Separate assets belong solely to either spouse and are never subject to division at divorce. Marital assets belong jointly to both spouses, and therefore they need to be divided during divorce.

In Tennessee, community property is not recognized. This means that divorce courts in Tennessee do not automatically divide community property equally between spouses. Instead, they make a judgment based on the circumstances of the divorce and the contributions that each spouse made to the marriage. The following are some tips for dividing assets in a Tennessee divorce.

What the divorce process can give you

Going through a divorce does not simply lead to the ending of a marriage. The law surrounding divorce helps both spouses to move forward without either suffering extraordinarily in terms of finances. The divorce courts seek to ensure that all of those filing for divorce get a fair outcome.

If you are considering ending your marriage, it is important that you first understand how the divorce process can help you to secure a great future for yourself and your children. The following are some of the things that divorce can do for you.

What happens if I don't pay alimony?

Alimony is a type of court-ordered support payment that is awarded to one spouse at the finalization of a divorce. Otherwise known as spousal support, it has similarities with child support but tends to be less strongly enforced.

However, those who have been ordered to pay alimony have a legal obligation to do so, and if they fail to keep up with payments, they could be set to face serious consequences. The following is an overview of what happens if you don't pay alimony, and what you should do if you can't afford to pay.

What are the key benefits of virtual visitation?

There are times when, as a non-custodial parent, you are not able to be physically present with your child. Maybe you or the custodial parent has relocated, maybe you have to travel for work or maybe someone's illness makes visitation impractical or unsafe. Whatever the reason, modern technology makes it possible for you to still protect your bond with your child even if you are not able to be together.

This is why the term "virtual visitation" is becoming more popular in the context of child custody. Many parents are now including virtual visitation in the parenting agreement or child custody order. This means that it can be possible for virtual visitation to be formally scheduled, and for plans to be put into place.

Tips for resolving conflicts in a divorce

All divorces involve conflicts, because there is always some form of tension or disharmony in the marriage that caused the couple to go through a divorce. These conflicts can either be managed strategically and practically so that things can move forward, or fuel can be added to the fire, causing them to grow out of control.

Of course, it's best to manage these conflicts effectively. The following are some tips for efficiently resolving the conflicts you have with your divorcing spouse throughout the divorce process.

Child custody factors in Tennessee

If you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent of your child, it's likely that you will want to get a child custody arrangement in place so that you can maintain your relationship with them and spend as much quality time with them as possible.

However, agreeing with the other parent on how to split your children's time is easier said than done, especially if you don't have an amicable relationship. If you are not able to come to an agreement between the two of you, it may be necessary to ask the courts to decide.

Getting the upper hand in the property division process

All divorces require that marital property is divided between spouses. Some states divide this marital property according to the legal theory of community property, meaning that both marital assets and marital debts get divided equally between spouses. Other states, including Tennessee, do not recognize the legal theory of community property and therefore divide property in a way that they deem to be equitable and fair.

If you are going through a divorce in Tennessee, it is likely that you want to make sure that you get the best possible outcome for yourself. The following are some ways that you can get the upper hand in the property division process.

An overview of alimony in Tennessee

The laws in place that govern different aspects of divorce vary between states. This is why it is important that you first decide which state you will be divorcing in (which will usually be the state in which you currently reside) before taking the time to learn more about the divorce process.

Alimony, otherwise known as spousal support, is awarded to one spouse in the aftermath of many divorces. Alimony is awarded with the intention of preventing any undue financial hardship. It is paid to the spouse who has a lower income by the spouse who has a higher income, but the terms of alimony are often disputed. The following is an overview of alimony laws in Tennessee.

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