As noted in a previous blog, the model Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act was put forth by the Uniform Law Commission in 2006 and subsequently adopted by Tennessee to discourage and prevent the abduction of children. The act applies to both domestic and international abductions and is a logical extension if the provisions of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement, which also has been adopted by Tennessee.
Divorce is never easy, especially when there are children involved. Two people may choose to part ways because of irreconcilable differences and lead a better life, but a divorce can have long-term detrimental effects on the children of the divorcing couple if proper care is not taken to protect their best interest. That is where a comprehensive parenting plan comes into the picture. An earlier blog post discussed how Tennessee courts define a parenting plan and the objective of that plan. In a nutshell, an adequate parenting plan must protect a child's best interests under all foreseeable circumstances.
Parents in Montgomery who are involved in a child custody battle need to keep in mind that criminal charges could be filed if they take the law into their own hands and violate terms of the agreement. Parents who share a child need to understand that in spite of any custody dispute, visitation rights and the rules associated with them must be adhered to. If they are seeking modification, they should try to work within the law to achieve it.
Divorce forces couples to address a variety of issues, many of which produce conflict. For couples with children, however, few issues are more strife-ridden than child custody. Around the country, including in Tennessee, joint custody is sometimes awarded, but most judges prefer to grant physical custody to just one parent. When the other parent does not accept that judgment, real trouble can follow.
Most divorced parents will agree on one thing: Whatever the reasons behind their marital discord and separation, at the end of the day, their children's well-being comes first. Thus they trudge through contentious issues such as physical custody, child support and schooling, always with the best interests of their children in mind.