As elementary and high school students throughout the Clarksville area head back to school this fall, many will struggle to adjust to new schedules and routines. However, for children whose parents recently divorced or separated, the changes related to starting a new school year-along with the related struggles, are likely to be greater in both number and magnitude.
Fathers in Tennessee, as in any other place, are typically concerned about the well-being of their children. Due to this, some cases regarding paternity, DNA testing or fathers' rights stress the significant involvement of the father in his child's life. Though some families in Clarksville may anticipate that the mother can provide more than enough care for the child compared to the father, various studies show how fatherhood impacts children in important and positive ways.
A lot of things can be said or done during a divorce that leave both spouses feeling hurt, angry or worse. When there are no minor children involved, these feelings can be easier to deal with and move past after a divorce because parting spouses frequently don't have to interact with one another unless they choose to.
Mobility, the freedom to just pull up stakes and hit the road for somewhere else has been a longstanding feature of American life. For divorced Tennessee parents who have custody of minor children however, the freedom to move is limited and often requires court approval.
Facing the prospect of a divorce, many fathers assume from the start that they will not be given a fair shake in the family court system. While this has no doubt occurred in some cases, the assumption itself can also be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The truth is, legislators and family courts in Tennessee have made great strides toward making sure that fathers' rights are respected in divorce cases.
As you probably know, Tennessee parents and family court judges who make decisions about child custody and visitation issues are required to put "the best interests" of children first. You may also know that family court judges in our state must consider the "reasonable" preferences of children aged 12 or older as only one of many factors in their decision-making process, and are allowed to consider the child custody preferences of younger children as well.
The holiday season is upon us: Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. The holiday season is often associated with get-togethers with families and friends. But sometimes spending all this time with family can be stressful, especially if you have gone through a recent divorce.