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Review your holiday parenting plans sooner rather than later

Halloween is behind us, and this means that Thanksgiving and the winter holidays will be here before we know it. Some people in Nashville may have already gotten a head start on their holiday shopping or may have even begun decorating the outside of their house with lights before the weather gets so cold that such a task becomes unpleasant. If they host holiday meals, they may be planning their menus and putting together their guest list. There is a lot to plan for, making the holiday season stressful at times.

Can a parent relocate out of Tennessee after a divorce?

People move in and out of Tennessee all the time. Perhaps they got a job offer that was too good to turn down, or they wish to be closer to family. Whatever the reason, if a child's parents are no longer in a relationship with one another and one parent wishes to relocate, they must do so within the confines of the law.

Putting the child's needs first during parenting time

Parents in a divorce, despite any ill-will they have with each other, may want to shield their child from the negative aspects of divorce. While it is likely that a child will experience at least some negative feelings regarding their parents' split, such as anger, confusion or sadness, there are steps parents in Tennessee can take to make the process easier for the child, and, ultimately, easier for themselves as well.

Addressing the school year when parents in Nashville are divorced

Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer, is behind us and children throughout Nashville are back at school. However, for children whose parents have divorced, school can sometimes be stressful. But, there are some things parents can do to relieve some of this stress.

Co-parenting a baby after divorce

Tennessee parents expecting a child are often happily awaiting the day their little ones come into their lives. However, even the joy a baby brings cannot fix a broken marriage, and some couples may find that they end up divorcing, while their child is still a baby. When this happens, how does it affect their ability to effectively parent?

What rights do noncustodial parents in Tennessee have?

After a divorce or breakup, it is necessary for the child's parents to establish a parenting time schedule. Sometimes, the child will primarily reside with one parent and the other parent will have visitation periods with the child. However, even if a parent in Tennessee does not reside with the child, they still have certain rights regarding the child.

Reaching a fair child custody arrangement after divorce

Children in Nashville have spent their summers swimming, playing ball, fishing and basically enjoying the time off from school. However, some children's parents whose marriages have been floundering have found that breaking up at this time of year is for the best so their child has time to adjust before the start of a new school year. Nevertheless, no matter how amicable the divorce is, it can still lead to child custody issues.

Nesting: Another way of resolving parenting time disputes

As regular readers of our Nashville family law blog know, one of the most difficult disagreements in divorce can be between parents on the subject of where their children should live. A recent article in the New York Times explored a concept that might be familiar to some readers: bird nesting.

Tennessee woman granted rights of husband in same-sex divorce

A recent Tennessee court decision granted a divorce to a lesbian couple after a judge changed his mind about the case. Knox County Circuit Court Judge Greg McMillan initially ruled that one of the women had no rights as a parent to a child created by artificial insemination.

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