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Child Custody and Visitation Archives

Have you considered your child's other relationships?

When drafting a child custody plan, most parents think about themselves and their relationship with their children, but not all of them remember to consider grandparents, siblings, family friends, coaches and other people their children have developed important relationships with.

What activities does a young child enjoy? 

Have you recently been awarded visitation rights to spend time with your preschool-aged child? The joy of time spent with your child is like no other, but it can also feel stressful if you don't know what to do with your preschooler. Don't worry. It's not uncommon for single fathers and mothers - especially those who didn't have visitation rights before - to be at a loss for ideas. If you fall into this category, here are two fun activities to get you started in the right direction:

The Hague Convention and international child abduction

In the not too distant past, if a foreign parent decided to leave the United States unlawfully with his or her child, the local parent would a very difficult -- if not impossible -- time of getting the child back. These days, the situation is different. We can thank the Hague Convention, an international treaty signed by 79 countries. It establishes guidelines for returning children to their home countries following an unlawful international abduction.

How do I change my child custody?

Many parents are happy with being the noncustodial parent and getting to spend every other weekend with their children. Other parents are unsatisfied with these arrangements and would prefer to share physical custody of their child, meaning that their child would live with them part of the time and essentially have two homes. However, once the judge has made the decision, is there any way that you can modify your court orders to become the custodial parent?

How should I tell my child about our divorce?

Parents do their best to stay together, often enduring years of toxic relationship drama just for the sake of their children. However, is it really helping your children to grow up in a toxic environment like this? Or, if you're able to "fake it," what kind of example of living a happy life is that setting? If you've finally decided to pull the trigger on your divorce proceedings, here are a few ideas on the best way to tell your children about it.

How can I settle my child custody case out of court?

You don't have to settle your child custody disagreement. In fact, it's to your and your children's advantage to try and reach an out-of-court resolution. Not only will you be able to resolve the matter faster and cheaper, but an out-of-court settlement will put a lot less stress and strain on you and your children.

Are you facing the risk of a supervised child visitation order?

Some Tennessee parents have their parental rights stripped from them by state family law courts. Although it's extremely rare, these parents will not have the right to even visit with their children. This kind of situation is one that most Tennessee parents will view as a nightmare scenario and they will want to avoid it at all cost by protecting and defending their rights as a parent whenever they are challenged.

Psychological concerns for children in divorce

Parents who are in the throes of a divorce know exactly how complicated the process can be -- in psychological, emotional, financial and legal terms. Just as it's complicated for you, however, it's also complicated for your children. As such, you may want to consider what your child is going through so you can support him or her to "weather the divorce storm."

How does the Hague Convention work?

When two people have a child, and they later split up or divorce, it's not uncommon for the couple to disagree about who should get to keep the child. These disagreements are usually resolved by the court. But what if one of the parents decides to leave the country with the child and take him or her overseas?

How can I diffuse parental conflict?

Parental conflict can be damaging for your children's psyche's and emotional development. Even babies exhibit symptoms of distress -- such as sadness, anxiety, anger and fear -- when their parents are arguing. Older children may develop patterns of delinquency and various emotional and behavioral challenges as a result of parent fighting. Due to these risks, single Tennessee parents may want to diffuse any kind of parental conflict either before or as soon as it arises.

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