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Creating a parenting plan during a divorce

Tennessee couples who are heading for divorce may get caught up in the process and not realize how the dispute could impact their children. If the former spouses can be a little more civil toward each other, the children may be able to maintain healthy relationships with both parents and have a stable home life.

Creating a parenting plan during the divorce process is crucial for the children to feel safe and secure, especially when the family dynamics are changing. A written plan creates a road map for parents to follow. The more detailed the plan is, the less room there is for major disputes. That's why the plan should include how to deal with disputes or any other number of situations that may occur.

In addition to determining how situations will be dealt with, the plan should also cover who has the children when. This includes holidays. The plan may also cover who in the extended family can visit the children, how discipline should be handled and where the children will go to school. Finally, the plan may even dictate when new significant others can be introduced to the children.

When parents decide to get a divorce, they often have trouble coming to agreements over child custody issues. A family law attorney may assist by drafting the parenting plan so that the client may maintain a strong relationship with the children. This may mean having the children during certain days of the week or weekends. The attorney may also assist with altering the plan, especially if the needs of the children change as they grow older.

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