Your children have probably grown up with you and their other parent in the same home. You can imagine how much of a shock it will be to learn that the parents they have grown up in the same home with are getting a divorce. Some children will act out in a negative manner when this news is broken to them. As hard as this is to take, you should prepare yourself for the possibility.
Children count on their parents for stability and love. When a child's parents have been together during a child's entire life, it can be difficult for the child to adjust to not having their parents together. This is what children of divorce have to deal with. If you are divorcing your child's other parent, you have to focus on how you can help your child to cope with the major changes.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how there are some points in the Tennessee family law system that are changing. New policies regarding child support are leaving some people wondering when the system is actually going to improve. We understand that dealing with these issues is sometimes very frustrating.
People who are having to pay child support in Tennessee often have to deal with what feels like an uphill battle. This is something that some lawmakers are trying to rectify; however, the changes that are coming aren't being met with full acceptance. There are still many issues that need to be addressed and ironed out.
Your child is your priority. He or she is also your ex's priority. Now, you and your ex have to work together to figure out a plan for how your child can build a meaningful relationship with both parents since you will no longer be living in the same home. This is an aspect of divorce that many parents find difficult to handle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents who are dealing with child custody matters must understand the different points that often come up in these cases. A basic understanding gives you the basis to determine how you are going to address various decisions that come up.