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Keeping children safe during custody exchanges

Each week, thousands of children in Tennessee are transferred from one divorced parent to the other. In many cases, these transfers go off without a problem. However, as child custody is an emotional issue for many, there is a chance for violence to occur during these exchanges. Such outbursts may start over minor disagreements regarding nonpayment of child support or disputes related to how the custodial parent is raising the child.

It is important to note that children can suffer emotional damage when they witness physical or verbally abusive acts. This is true whether the parents are attacking each other or if a child is being attacked by a parent. There have been cases in which children have witnessed the death of a parent or loved one in the middle of a custody exchange.

Parents are urged to refrain from physical or verbal abuse during such an exchange. If necessary, law enforcement can get involved to ensure that a peaceful exchange takes place. In the event that such types of abuse takes place, one or both parents could be at risk of losing some or all parental rights to their children. Criminal charges may also be levied against an individual who incites violence as it could endanger the welfare of the child.

Although parents may not get along with each other, it is important that they work together to ensure the best interests of the child. If there are aspects of an existing parenting plan that don't seem to be working, the parents may want to have the help of their respective attorneys when they seek to renegotiate its terms.

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