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Child custody in military divorce proceedings

Child custody disagreements concerning military divorce proceedings can be a little more complicated than normal divorce matters. One of the main issues relates to the service member who is deployed and working overseas away from his or her family. This service member may have a hard time advocating for child custody because he or she is not present to care for the child.

Recent court ruling may result in easier relocations for parents

A recent opinion by the Tennessee Supreme Court could make it easier for parents who are divorced to leave the state with their children -- even in situations where the other parent doesn't agree. The decision, which was unanimous, would apply to situations in which either the mother or father has spent more time with the children than the other parent.

When are American men most likely to claim paternity?

A recent study published by the University of Oklahoma looked at the instances when American fathers are most likely to claim paternity of a child born outside of wedlock. According to the study, men are more likely to voluntarily step forward if the woman is 1) affluent, 2) healthy, 3) educated, and 4) if the baby is male. The results of the research were published in the journal Human Nature.

How can I prevent my ex-spouse from hurting my children?

Not all spouses are friendly, and some are physically abusive. Tennessee parents who divorced the mother or father of their children due to physical abuse will probably be afraid to leave their children with their ex-spouse during scheduled parental visitation time. So, how do you prevent your ex-spouse from abusing your children if this is the case?

How stepchild adoption works in Tennessee

The truth is, for the purposes of everyday life, many stepchildren already live as though they were adopted by their stepparent. Formalizing this arrangement legally can make a lot of sense, enabling the stepparent to participate fully in decisions about healthcare or education. While this type of adoption often has a more streamlined process than other kinds, there are still several basic steps you will need to navigate.

Court of Appeals awards child custody to ex-prostitute

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has granted primary custody of two children to an ex-prostitute, who is the mother of the children. The award reversed a previous ruling by the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. According to the higher court, the lower court's ruling to strip the mother of her custody rights was made because it believed that she was still working as a prostitute, in spite of evidence proving that she had left the profession.

5 things to consider before adopting

Choosing to adopt a child is likely the most important decision you will ever make. It is never one to enter into lightly. Adopting a child is also not a fast process. As soon as you start thinking about adoption, however, there are some important things you need to consider. Thinking about the following questions now will help you better decide if adoption is the right fit for you and your family.

4 important child custody issues grandparents should consider

There are a lot of reasons why a grandparent might assume custody of his or her grandchild. In many cases, grandparents are left to assume custody of their grandchildren because it is the only other option aside from seeing their grandchildren swept away into a Tennessee foster care program. If you are a grandparent who is taking over custody of a grandchild, there are a few things you might want to think about with regard to your grandchildren and their needs.

Yes, Non-Custodial Parents Have Rights

While increasingly parents who separate or divorce are opting for shared or joint custody arrangements, today in Tennessee it is still more likely that a child will live primarily with one parent, who is referred to as the custodial parent. Both custodial and non-custodial parents in Tennessee have rights and responsibilities and, to avoid conflict and foster a positive co-parenting relationship, it's important that divorced or separated parents understand these rights and responsibilities as well as the laws surrounding child custody.

Tips For Recently Divorced Parents: Helping a Child Succeed in School

For recently divorced parents and their children, the start of a new school year may be especially difficult and stressful. As parents establish and attempt to navigate their new roles as co-parents, there are likely to be some bumps along the way. It's important, however, that parents do their best to set aside personal differences and come together for a child's sake.

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