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Love Valentine's Day . . . During a Divorce

Wendy Paris | Posted 02.11.2016 | Divorce
Wendy Paris

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays, more so now that I'm divorced. Gone are the expectations and disappointments that often accompanied it in the past. Now, I can participate in my own way.

Parenting After Separation or Divorce

Hanif Virani | Posted 02.08.2016 | Divorce
Hanif Virani

Family life is pretty hectic these days and managing your children's schedules can feel overwhelming at the best of times, especially when you are handling it from two separate homes. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you manage co-parenting after separation or divorce.

Dumb-Ass Stuff We Need To Stop Saying To Dads

Ashley Miller | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Ashley Miller

We need to stop talking about dads like they're an inept accessory to parenting. Sure, there are plenty of deadbeat dads in the world. Equally, there are plenty of deadbeat moms. But the good dads need to be part of our language of parenting.

5 Tips for Dealing with a Gopher Co-Parent

Divorce Magazine | Posted 01.29.2016 | Divorce
Divorce Magazine

Co-parenting after divorce is challenging enough without one parent "conveniently" appearing and disappearing as they see fit. These 5 tips will help ...

Co-parenting After Divorce: We're One Big Happy Mixed Family

Lisa Schmidt | Posted 01.28.2016 | Divorce
Lisa Schmidt

We were a sight coming down the street -- a wall of people and 5 children. But the absolute best part of Halloween 2015 was when one of the kids pointed to all of us and said to the woman handing out candy, "Look, here comes my family." The 3-year-old gets it.

What I Wished My Divorcing Parents Would Have Done Differently

Hanif Virani | Posted 01.26.2016 | Divorce
Hanif Virani

What kids really need from you during and after your divorce or separation is your time, your attention, your compassion and your love. Help them to understand that it is you and the other parent who are splitting up with each other, and that neither of you are splitting up with your children.

Why I Became Friends With My Kid's Stepmom

Trish Eklund | Posted 01.20.2016 | Divorce
Trish Eklund

The beginning was tough for both of us. It's difficult for a new stepmom to come into a new role with children who already have a mom. It is equally hard for a mom going through a divorce to let go and allow another woman to parent her children.

Who You Calling a Bitch?

Terri Linton | Posted 01.20.2016 | Divorce
Terri Linton

The mother of your child is not your enemy. Even when she makes you feel like she is. She is your ally in the most important mission of your life--the successful rearing of your child. So before you think to berate her in front of the watchful eyes of the world, remember this.

This Clip Of Stepparents Being Thanked Will Make You Tear Up

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.30.2015 | Divorce

Stepparents don't tend to get the recognition they deserve for everything they do for their stepkids.  But in a sweet new video from...

4 Tips How to Co-Parent Your First Holidays After Divorce | Posted 12.28.2015 | Parents

Although it may be a difficult adjustment, it is possible to enjoy this time and continue to create happy memories for your children no matter what your relationship with your ex might be.

Mediation vs. Litigation

Karen Becker | Posted 12.15.2015 | Divorce
Karen Becker

A fraction of these couples see a different way of handling the battles. They see a way for both of them to actually be heard and a way for each of their thoughts to be considered when building a parenting plan. They see mediation.

The Secret To Successful Co-Parenting Over The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.22.2015 | Divorce

Divvying up the holidays after divorce can feel daunting, but Karen Cahn, a single mother and the founder & CEO of, has a t...

5 Tips for Helping Your Child Cope With Divorce

Jennifer C. Walton, LPC | Posted 12.09.2015 | Divorce
Jennifer C. Walton, LPC

Yes, you may be angry, well very angry, but remember that the person you are saying negative comments about is your child's mother or father. Negativity is contagious and children should not carry the emotional burden of consoling and angry parent.

Why Two Men Are Fighting Over Custody Of Terminally Ill Woman’s Children

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Dr. Phil

Adriane was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer two years ago and says that when she is gone, she wants her husband of eight years, John...

Child Cries When It's Time to Stay With Daddy

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Be clear. If you appear uncertain about whether it's a good idea for your son to spend time with his father, he will pick up on your lack of confidence in the arrangement.

Sharing the Love, and Thanksgiving, With Your Ex

Edward D. Farber, PhD | Posted 11.20.2015 | Divorce
Edward D. Farber, PhD

You've thought about separation and divorce for months or years, with time to try to understand what Thanksgiving will be like without your old family tradition and without your ex. But your child, facing perhaps the first separated holiday, has not.

A Woman Says She Believes Her Ex Molested Their Daughter; Why Dr. Phil Has Questions About Her Claims

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Dr. Phil

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A University Professor Shares Insights About Motherhood and Career

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What hurts?

Divorce and Birthdays, an Emotional Mix

Lisa Thomson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Divorce
Lisa Thomson

There was nothing more painful than the kid's birthdays during divorce. Will they be with mom or dad, what do they want to do and who do they want to invite? If you're in the wrong week according to the custody schedule, you may not get to see them on their special day.

Divorce Litigation: Can Parents Afford the Real Price?

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 10.23.2015 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

When custody decisions are made by those who are focused more on financial issues than family issues, children's needs often get pushed aside in favor of other objectives. Relationships, balance and good will are not prime objectives in the battle of divorce, and the scars on your children's psyches are often overlooked in the legal blood-bath that ensues.

Can't Get Your Kids to Go to Sleep? Try These 7 Steps!

Tammy Gold | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

So often, parents stay until their child falls asleep - I suggest an alternate route. I call this "exiting ritual." Many of my clients have found this to be an easy fix and I hope you do too...and don't forget to let me know what you think!

When Is the Right Time to Divorce When You Have Children? Join the Conversation!

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.16.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

At some point after the wedding festivities died down, you woke up and realized that you'd made a mistake. After the infatuation faded you recognized that you didn't want to live with this person for the rest of your life. As you've both grown older you've both changed, but in different directions. Maybe it's the day after or maybe it's years down the road after you've had 2 or 3 children.

Do You Have a Family Constitution?

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Avidan Milevsky

The amount of time and energy we place on talking about the constitution seems to gain greater importance as we see how other societies not privileged to have a unified code descent into chaos. When a group of people are not governed by a cohesive set of rules, anarchy ensues.

Parenting Wrong in the Best Interests of the Kids

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.14.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Some of the greatest moms and dads I know are also some of the worst parents I've ever seen. The worst offenders of that greatest bunch are the divorced moms and dads, because while they're trying so hard to be the better-liked parent, what's really "in the best interests of the kids," actually isn't.

9 Biggest Divorce Mistakes That Impact Your Kids

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Dr. Phil

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