Divorce can be painful and all the more so when children are involved. Parents will typically want to act in the best interest of the children where child custody is concerned and this often takes the form of a joint custody agreement in Tennessee. Joint custody usually involves shared physical custody where a child spends part of the time with each parent.
Joint custody usually involves a child spending time in the home of each parent. This can involve different approaches depending on the age of the child, the number of activities, the parent's proximity to each other and the child's school as well as other issues. A child may alternate days at each parent's house or alternate weeks. Studies have shown that even young children can derive benefit from switching back and forth and this includes children as young as toddlers.
An important key to success of joint custody is to remember that the best interest of the child comes first and that putting aside differences with one's ex-spouse is to everyone's benefit. Respectful communication between parents is critical to creating and maintaining a healthy environment for one's child. Negative comments about an ex-spouse in the presence of a child can cause resentment and lasting damage to a parent and child relationship.
A person in Tennessee who is considering a divorce and is concerned about the well-being of one's children may wish to consult with an experienced family law attorney. While it is possible for parents to come to a custody agreement on their own, if the issue becomes contentious the court can intervene. A knowledgeable lawyer can help one to come to an agreement that is in the best interest of the child and works for all the parties involved.