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Parenting plan may require adjustment period

June 7, 2018

Any major life change can be tough. A life change that reduces the amount of time you spend with the closest people in your life can certainly be challenging. Individuals creating parenting plans with co-parents in Tennessee may wish to keep this in mind as they work on drafting a plan that centers on the needs of the children. 

A joint custody arrangement is probably the most common one that parents decide to use after a divorce or separation from a partner. During the divorce proceeding, the parents and a judge will work together to determine the custody agreement that will best support the child. In most cases, the child benefits from having a relationship with both parents, so that parents work out a way to split time with the child in a parenting plan they create. 

A parenting plan should take the developmental needs and preferences of the child into account. However, adjusting to a new routine can be challenging. In situations where one parent has moved on with another romantic partner, the other parent may have a harder time leaving the child behind, but experts recommend that a parent find a way to support all of the child’s caregivers that offer a nurturing and protective environment, even if that means putting egos aside.

In Tennessee family law courts, judges aim to preserve the welfare of any children. This often means that separating parents utilize a parenting plan to share time with and responsibilities for the children. Drafting a parenting plan that works for everyone can be vital to the well-being of child and parent. Some individuals choose to reach out to an experienced family law attorney for assistance with creating a plan. 


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