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Custody negotiations are tough, but a child's future shouldn't be

Perhaps you and your spouse reached an impasse in your marriage, and you both agree to move in different directions. Dissolving a marriage is typically an extremely stressful and daunting process. When children are involved, the situation can become significantly more complex. Chances are, you consider the future of your children to be your first priority and desire to take measures to meet their needs.

Considering options for a parenting plan can be challenging, especially during such an emotional time. However, these decisions are crucial to the present and future well-being of your children, and you might want to give a fair amount of thought to the process.

Considering the best interests of a child

With the gravity of the decisions involving child custody, you may feel somewhat overwhelmed at just the thought. Some guidelines to consider during this time can assist you in making decisions that are in the best interests of your kids, such as the following:

  • Goals: Consider what goals you and your spouse each have for the children. If they align, you found an excellent starting point in the thought process.
  • Effectiveness: When moving into a separate house, you might want to consider how effective you can be as a parent concerning the role you are hoping to obtain.
  • Impact: With emotions running high and tempers flaring, children often end up in the blast radius. Take a moment to consider how your current decisions impact your child's future.
  • Child's needs: While you may consider yourself the better or more responsible parent, your child may benefit the most from having access to both of you.
  • Rights/Willingness: Both parents generally have a right to play a part in the development of their children. However, a parent must be willing to have an active role in this process.

You probably hope to reach a custody agreement through peaceful negotiations. Unfortunately, this can be challenging, especially since child custody is often one of the most debated topics in divorces in Tennessee and across the country.

Obtaining guidance and assistance

Perhaps you want to try to work out an agreement without a judge's intervention, but you fear that reaching an agreement outside of court will be difficult, if not impossible. It may be easier than you think. You probably have a myriad of questions and concerns regarding the process and find yourself in need of guidance. You might want to retain the services of an experienced attorney for the road ahead. A family law attorney can help you cover every aspect of child custody and assist you in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible concerning the future of your kids.

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