Child custody cases can be some of the most difficult cases in family law. Between the negative feelings parents often have about each other and the fears of losing the relationship with a child, custody cases can leave everyone scared and willing to fight tooth-and-nail for what they want.
However, child custody does not have be a battle. While it is certainly not an easy situation to go through, it also doesn't have to be impossible. In fact, there are a few things you can do to keep things fairly amicable and avoid the pain and contention of a courtroom battle if you are dealing with child custody issues.
- Keep the focus on your kids. Even when parents break up, they are still Mom or Dad to a child. If your child gets support, love, comfort and happiness from being with the other parent, it can be crucial to preserve that connection. Remember that just because you don't like or trust your ex doesn't mean your child feels the same way.
- Find a plan you can both agree with. If you and the other parent can come to agreements on parenting time and schedules, you can feel satisfied knowing you both had a role in creating a plan that works for everyone.
- Consider what the law says. In accordance with Tennessee laws, there is a presumption that spending time with both parents is generally going to be in the best interests of a child. In other words, you shouldn't expect that taking the case to court will automatically mean that one parent will be awarded custody. In fact, you may get a more satisfactory outcome by negotiating a plan on your own.
Keeping these few things in mind can help you keep this situation in perspective and stay focused on what is best for your family during custody and visitation discussions.
To find a solution that ultimately protects your child as well as your parental rights, it can be wise to discuss your options with an attorney. Legal guidance and support can help you navigate these complex and emotionally charged matters more easily.