The holidays are still somewhat stressful and anxiety provoking for my brothers and me because of figuring out what holiday will be spent with whom and how not to hurt our parents' feelings. This year, I decided to do something different.
The holidays, for all that we look forward to them, can also bring out stress, tension and emotional tests. And when we add divorce into the mix, things can get even more challenging.
When she was 19, one of my closest girlfriends was helping her parents clean out a dresser and came upon a wedding photo of a bride and groom, the bride was her mother, the groom was not her father. Shocked and confused, she asked her mom about it. Her mom said, "It didn't matter."
Children shouldn't ever be asked to side with one parent over another. Even when parents haven't been the best, children tend to love them and want to stay connected. Their conclusions about their other parent need to be their own.
Start the new year in a new cycle of healthy communication with your ex. You'll both be happier and your kids might even thank you for it.
I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.
On October 30, 2014, I was contacted by a reporter, who asked if I could explain the Arkansas "covenant marriage" law to them. Among other things, if...
It's important that you do whatever you can to keep emotion out of your negotiations. A counselor or coach can help you process your feelings constructively so you can gain the clarity you need to make smart decisions during the proceedings.
I'm loath to refer to myself as a "single mom" -- not because I'm ashamed of my status, but because that label conjures such stereotypical misconceptions.
Working out custody can require a lot of negotiating, and having someone who can do the talking for you can take the pressure off, so you don't have to worry about getting angry or upset during the meeting. Keeping calm and centered can only help you in your custody case.
I had just lost half my community in the divorce and my best friends were no longer talking to me. I had scared them away. My only local friend it seemed was my therapist and I practically begged him to have a beer with me.
In the history of the world, begging a partner to stay has never ended in a good result. Here are five conversation starters that just may tilt the relationship -- and your partner -- back toward togetherness. More than one break-up scenario may apply to your situation, so mix and match as needed!
Well today, our 20 year marriage ended in courtroom 2-D. When we came to this decision months ago, I felt like the world had ended. In truth, I was afraid of what life would look like now without you. But now, standing here, it seems much more survivable.
I made my case to our therapist and my then-wife, "We've lived as roommates for a while now, we can do another two months so our kids can reach the summer before we throw their entire world into this."
Ads like Honey Maid's, however, place moms like me and dads like my ex potentially on the defensive, maybe even to be labeled bigots. But why should I ever need to defend myself for wanting to make sure that my children know that their dad is 'Dad' and their mom is 'Mom.'
I litigate for a living, but if I do my job really well, you never step foot inside a courtroom. If you step foot into a courtroom, you have already lost. You have abdicated your parental authority to the state rather than compromise with someone you once loved.