It is an unfortunate reality that many grandparents are legally barred from visiting their grandchildren. To remedy this, some grandparents petition the court for visitation rights. In Tennessee, grandparents do have the right to see their grandchildren—in a few unique circumstances. We examined these circumstances in our first blog post about the state of grandparents’ rights in Tennessee.
The thought of being unable to visit their grandchildren is enough to break any grandparent’s heart. For many grandparents, though, being separated from their grandchildren is an everyday reality. Sometimes, this is because of scheduling issues or long-distance commutes. In other situations, a child custody arrangement prevents grandparents from visiting their grandchildren.
Reaching a child custody agreement can be a confusing and difficult time for a parent. Everyone wants what is best for their child, but the process may be fraught with emotion. Factor in the complex nature of the court system and any parent may feel overwhelmed.
These days, it appears that retailers completely ignore the Thanksgiving holiday and simply jump to Christmas. Not only will you see holiday decorations at malls, and "pre-holiday" deals peppering advertisements. While the holiday season is supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year," it may be difficult to buy into that statement when you have to co-parent with someone with the sensitivity of the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas." but even the evil Grinch showed that he had a heart...eventually.
Halloween is not only a great time for kids to enjoy dressing up as their favorite characters, it may also a be an ideal time for recently divorced and separated parents concerned about sharing time to have a practice run for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Parents may be at odds over where they want the child to trick-or-treat, or whether they want the child to participate at all.
If you watch the Hallmark Channel and are annoyed with the “Countdown to the Holidays” that appears on every show, it should be a signal to you if you are embroiled in a custody or parenting time dispute.
Many people in Tennessee are familiar with the work of actress Scarlett Johansson, but they may not have been aware that she was going through a divorce. Like any other parent going through a divorce, she also went through a child custody dispute. Initially the couple had an informal agreement for an equal parenting time schedule, but that proved too difficult due to her travel schedule for work and her husband living in France. However, it is unknown what the couple finally agreed to for a schedule with the child.
There are many difficult decisions that people need to make during a divorce in Tennessee. However, many times the most difficult decisions are child custody decisions. Generally both parents want to maintain their relationships with their children, but they know it will never be the same as when the whole family was living together. Coming up with a plan that makes the best of the situation can be a difficult and emotional process.
Child custody laws differ from state-to-state, so it is important to be familiar with child custody laws in the state where the parents and child reside and to understand what the child custody laws are. In general, child custody considerations are always based on what is in the best interests of the child and achieving a child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child.
During the process of a divorce, if there are children involved from the marriage, it is important to consider their feelings and to understand how they will cope with this new change in life. Although children are often smarter and more in tune with what is going on than you believe, it is human nature to resist change, and it may be difficult for a child to adjust to the multiple changes in their life that is associated with a divorce.