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Moves with children can be difficult

In our previous blog post, we discussed how child custody orders can impact a custodial parent's ability to move out of state. That is an area that is very confusing for many people because we live in a country that is said to be free, but for some people the inability for an adult to move is somewhat confusing.

Out-of-state moves can have impacts on child custody cases

The changes that adults make after a divorce can often involve moving. For people who live in Shelby County, even a short move can lead them over state lines. Moving to West Memphis or Jonesboro would land you in Arkansas. Moving to Olive Branch would land you in Mississippi. That's not really a big deal -- unless you have children.

Visiting a child virtually can help some parents

For some parents, the likelihood of being able to see their child on a regular basis isn't very high. In many cases, this is because the parent and the child don't live close to each other. Think about a military member who is stationed overseas while his or her child lives with the other parent in the United States. Being able to see the child every other weekend would be virtually impossible. In those cases, parents might have to get creative with ways they can participate in their child's life.

Visitation and the parenting plan

While custody and visitation are closely related, they are actually two separate issues. It can often take parents quite some time to come to an agreement on custody, and many times, these matters have to be resolved by the family court judge. However, even once legal and physical custody is determined, there is still the matter of visitation.

What are my visitation rights?

Custody and visitation rights are a common area of concern for divorcing fathers or those who have fathered children outside of marriage and want to continue the relationship with the child. While they are very closely intertwined, custody and visitation are really two separate issues. Understanding what your rights are as a father in these cases is the first step toward getting a court order established.

Custodial parent relocation isn't always easy

When you have a child and aren't in a relationship with the child's other parent, making certain life decisions means that you have to look at the child custody and visitation issues that might come up with the decision. One such decision is when the custodial parent is considering a move away from the area. In that case, the non-custodial parent might choose to try to stop the child from moving.

Modifying a parenting plan in Tennessee can be difficult

When you are working on a parenting plan as part of your divorce, it is vital that you ensure the plan you agree to is one that you can live with. There seems to be a misconception that often comes up during these cases that involves one parent thinking that they will be able to have the agreement changed later. In some cases, getting a parenting plan changed can be a complicated matter.

What is reasonable visitation?

While standard visitation used to mean that the noncustodial parent had the children once a week during the evening and every other weekend, visitation schedules have evolved and are often much more generous. One common phrase heard in family law cases is the idea of "reasonable visitation," but it's important to understand just what this means and how it applies to your case.

What are child custody and visitation rights in Tennessee?

Child custody issues are hard for parents to deal with. In some cases, the parents might not be able to agree on anything about their child. This can include when the child sees which parent and who the child is allowed to visit. Parents who are going through child custody issues in Tennessee might opt to turn to the court system to get the issues resolved. Knowing some of the basic child custody laws in the state might help you to understand what is and isn't possible.

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