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Working together to resolve child custody matters

Your children are accustomed to having both parents in the same home. When you and the other parent call it quits, your children have to get used to having parents who live in separate homes. This isn't always easy, but you and your ex can make things work if you are willing to put your child first.

One thing that you have to think about when you are in the middle of a child custody issue is how the tension is impacting your child. In almost all cases, getting the matter resolved quickly is best for the child. This is where mediation comes into the picture.

Asset division isn't always clear cut in a divorce

There are many things that you have to think about when you are going through a divorce. Each decision you make has the potential to affect your life in profound ways. The property division process is one that you must think carefully about. We can help you evaluate the options that you have for dealing with this process.

When you are trying to divide up property, you can't think solely about how much the property is worth. You also have to think about what the property is going to cost you over time. For example, you might want the marital home, but if the mortgage is upside down or the home needs renovations, bypassing it might be the best thing for you.

Virtual visitations can help long-distance parenting situations

A child who has parents who don't live close to each other might end up not being able to spend much time with one of his or her parents. This is a difficult situation for the child. The good news is that the improvements in technology can help the child have a more meaningful relationship with both parents.

Virtual visitation is a form of visitation that enables a parent and a child to communicate using email, video chats and other virtual methods. This isn't meant to be a substitute for regular visitation, but it is a good option for parents who simply live too far to get the child often.

Fight for your right to see your child and build a relationship

When you aren't your child's custodial parent, you might have visitation rights in the child custody order. Being able to see your child and build a meaningful relationship with your child depends on you being able to have those visits. This is one reason why it is ultimately important for you to take the time you need to spend with your child.

If you are having to fight for visitation of your child, we can help you to learn about the options that you have for seeing your child. This isn't an easy situation for you to be in, and we understand this. Instead of just sitting back and accepting the situation, you can take action to try to be an active parent in your child's life. You shouldn't have to watch your child from afar when you are willing to help raise your child.

Co-parenting can take considerable work from the parents

Some parents are moving toward a co-parenting model for child custody arrangements. These arrangements are a great idea in many cases, but they do take work from the parents if they are going to be successful.

If you and your ex opt for a co-parenting model for your child custody plan, you need to make sure that you are mentally prepared for this ordeal. Keeping your focus where it needs to be can help you reduce the stress on yourself and your child.

What should I know about not paying child support?

When you have a child, you need to financially support him or her, even when you aren't with the child's other parent. In fact, financial support of children is taken seriously in Tennessee.

If you choose not to pay child support that is ordered by the court, you can face serious penalties. You must understand what you are going up against if you are thinking about shirking your financial support obligations.

What should I do and avoid during my divorce?

As you are going through a divorce, you might have some questions about what you should and shouldn't do. This is common and it is something that should be addressed so that you don't end up sabotaging your case. Remember these points as you go through the divorce process.

How should I handle contentious issues?

Understand what divorce can and can't do for you

When you are ready to end your marriage, you might already know that you need to get a divorce. It is imperative that you fully understand the limitations to a divorce so that you don't go into the process with unreasonable expectations.

Of course, the divorce will end your marriage. As part of this, you and your ex divide up the property that you have amassed during the marriage. Although you might want the division to be exactly even, that often isn't possible. Instead, the property is usually divided equitably. Debts might offset some of the difference in assets as you go through the property division portion of the divorce.

Start planning for summer child custody and vacations

Summer vacation is almost here. That means taking your children on fun outings and vacation. If you and your child's other parent are divorced or separated, you need to start planning for your summer right away. Your first step is to review the child custody order to determine what it says about the summer months. This order likely has a lot of information about how you and your ex should plan the summer, such as what notifications must be made for vacations and similar points.

When you are planning a vacation, think about the custody exchange days. If your vacation dates are flexible, you can make sure that they work with the exchanges. If they aren't flexible, such as if you and your children are attending an out-of-state wedding, you might need to work with your ex to come to an agreement about altering the custody exchange just for this one time.

Think about various alimony payment structures

Alimony payments are part of some divorces. You can probably understand why some people who have to pay alimony might not want to make those payments. While many alimony orders are set up for regularly occurring payments, it might be possible for you avoid having to make those payments.

One option that you have to avoid paying monthly payments is to work on making a lump sum payment. You would have to pay more money up front; however, you wouldn't have to worry about making more payments to your ex.

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