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Co-Parenting a Child Who Requires Residential Treatment for Mental Health Issues

By Patrick L. Looper |

Getting appropriate mental health treatment for a child is a major challenge, even when the child’s parents are happily married to each other.  Managing one’s mental health is a marathon, not a sprint, even in the best of circumstances.  Determining whether a psychiatric medication is working, building trust with a therapist, and advocating for… Read More »

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What Constitutes a Reasonable Purpose for Moving Out of State with Your Children?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Divorced couples who have children must cooperate to act in their children’s best interests, but there is a limit to how much your ex can meddle in your plans and veto your decisions.  For example, if your ex doesn’t like your new partner, they can limit the time your children can spend with the… Read More »

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Supervised Visitation: When the Courts Want to Preserve the Parent-Child Relationship, but It Isn’t Safe for the Child to Be Alone with the Parent

By Patrick L. Looper |

Supervised visitation with your children can feel like a blessing or a curse, depending on the circumstances.  If you have just finished a jail sentence, then supervised visitation feels great; holding your children’s hands as you walk through the mall and eating with them at the mall food court is so much better than… Read More »

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Whose Parenting Time Is It When the Children Are in Daycare?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Tennessee parenting plans contain many details for parents to customize, such as which parent has the children on teacher planning days and which parent transports the children to or from the other parent’s house.  With school-age children, most parenting plans are quite similar to each other; one parent has the children on weekdays, while… Read More »

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Parenting Plans for the Parents of Newborns

By Patrick L. Looper |

Every parent knows that babies, in their first few months of life, drastically change their families’ daily schedules.  Rather than being clearly divided into day and night, a 24-our period with a newborn is a blur of round-the-clock feedings with diaper changes after almost every feeding, an endless cycle of fussing and soothing.  Even… Read More »

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Trying to Sabotage Your Ex-Spouse’s Efforts at Co-Parenting Doesn’t Pay

By Patrick L. Looper |

Many former couples get along much better as divorced co-parents of their children than they ever did when they were married with each other.  If your relationship with your ex-spouse improved after your divorce became final, you are one of the lucky ones.  Some people have an even more acrimonious relationship because of post-divorce… Read More »

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When Transporting the Children from One Parent to the Other Represents a Significant Expense

By Patrick L. Looper |

Moving to another state after a divorce can give you a fresh start in life.  If you and your ex-spouse have minor children together, though, living in different states makes co-parenting much more complicated.  If the parents live in the same city, it is easy for Dad to pick up the kids from school… Read More »

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In Determining Custody, Parent-Child Attachment Counts for More Than Financial Stability

By Patrick L. Looper |

Do you think you can persuade the court to give you custody of your children because your ex works two minimum wage jobs, having her relatives babysit when her workdays extend past the daycare center’s closing time, meanwhile you own your own business and set your own hours?  Think again.  The court will not… Read More »

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Courts Base Child Custody Decisions on What Parents Do, Not on What They Promise

By Patrick L. Looper |

One of the most painful parts co-parenting is when your children come back from your ex’s house and spout the outsized, probably empty promises they heard.  Dad says he’s getting us a puppy next weekend.  Dad says we’re going to Disney World for Christmas.  Dad says he will buy me a car when I… Read More »

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You Need the Court’s Permission to Move Out of State If You Have Minor Children

By Patrick L. Looper |

It can be a relief to hold a divorce decree in your hands, especially after years of unsuccessful attempts to resolve your differences with your spouse, followed by a long and expensive court battle.  You might feel that you are finally free from the miserable life you shared with your ex-spouse, but if you… Read More »

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