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Child custody includes structure and cooperation

While many divorced Tennessee couples think the divorce was the most difficult thing to get through, they soon learn otherwise when the real work of co-parenting begins. Child custody agreements only go so far, and the nitty gritty of raising children in two separate households often requires a skillful balancing act. Some child experts have pinpointed the most common mistakes divorced parents make that add anxiety and frustration to their children's lives. Learning to avoid these mistakes may reduce the element of stress for the children.

One of the most difficult things for children to bear is to hear their parents arguing. When a child's belongings are divided between two households, disagreements about what things go where may be symptomatic of a power struggle, or they may be a very real issue based in financial struggles. Nevertheless, finding ways to avoid those confrontations is in the best interests of the children. It is especially important that children never hear one parent disparage the other.

Parents may think they are giving their children some ownership in matters by allowing them to choose the parent with which they want to stay. On the contrary, this practice places children in the awkward position of potentially hurting one parent if they choose the other. Child experts recommend parents do their best to provide a structured system of custody, perhaps placing a calendar for their children to know what to expect.

Parenting is difficult under the best circumstances, and adding the division of child custody creates unique challenges for each family. While it may be possible to work out many issues with a cooperative co-parent, in some situations, a Tennessee court order may be necessary to protect one's parental rights and the well-being of the children. Having an attorney to assist in these matters is a wise and practical decision.

Source: anxioustoddlers.com, "5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Parenting Through Divorce", Natasha Daniels, Accessed on Sept. 16, 2017

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