Divorce is rarely a process where both parties get exactly what they want from their dissolution of marriage. Factors such as child support, child custody, alimony and property division can often complicate the process. Historically, many fathers have gotten the short end of the stick on divorce. Several have had their father’s rights taken away or made a mockery of. The state of Tennessee has seen its fair share of divorces but one thing is certain, divorce is seldom easy on parents.
According to the US Census, fathers represent 87.1 of child support payers and 82.6 percent of noncustodial parents. While this is not true for everyone, many dads have not gotten the desired end of a divorce. Child support and child custody are often a main concern for many parents. Determining who gets custody or if child support is necessary has led many couples to a bitter divorce battle.
Typically, if there is a large disparity in income, the court may require child support to be made to the spouse that earns the least amount of money. In determining custody and visitation privileges, most Tennessee judges will rule in favor of whatever solution is in the best interests’ of the child. Judges will also attempt to do the same for custody. Excluding one spouse from a child’s life can come with detrimental consequences to the child and parent. Usually through a joint custody or a visitation system, parents will generally spend equal time with their children. However, this is not always the case.
Many men have had their father’s rights abused in the aftermath of a divorce. Tennessee residents going through a difficult divorce may find an attorney to be of guidance and help. While every divorce is different, few result with ease.
Source: Huffington Post, “Disparity Between Child Support and Custody Enforcement,” Joseph E. Cordell, May 3, 2013