By Rice Divorce Team | February 29, 2012
Before attending Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, I taught 5th grade for 5 years. During my time as a teacher, I encountered many children whose parents were going through the divorce process. Each student had their own way of coping with their family situation. Some of my students would withdraw, act out, or go to great lengths to
try and be the mediator between their parents. Whatever their reaction, it was easy to see that they were going through an incredibly stressful time and needed some extra attention.
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Additionally, I witnessed parents approaching their divorce and its impact on their children in variety of ways; some approaches were helpful while others were counterproductive. To avoid making an already tough situation tougher, parents must strive to keep the focus on what is best for the child. Parents need to remember that they do not have to have all the answers as to what is best for the child. Speaking with counselors, doctors, and/or teachers may be helpful and necessary to guide your child through this difficult transition. Parents who live in the Memphis area and are going through a child custody matter must also attend a “Children Cope with Divorce” seminar.
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My time as a law clerk has shown me how the best interests of the child can also be served through an attorney. The attorneys at Rice, Amundsen, & Caperton, PLLC will be glad to recommend a counselor for your children. Furthermore, a well-drafted and detailed parenting plan will diffuse some conflicts right from the start. The parenting plan will provide the residential parenting schedule, decision-making, financial support, rights of the parents, and plan for disagreements. In some cases, a child may need their own lawyer to look out for their best interests. This is a Guardian Ad Litem. The court will appoint the Guardian Ad Litem.