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Co-Parenting Tips Before School Starts

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 07.27.2016 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

I watched producer, Garry Marshall's, Mother's Day last night with my stepdaughter, and learned this morning of his unfortunate passing yesterday. Th...

7 Issues All Co-Parents Face And How To Overcome Them

The Huffington Post | Carolin Lehmann | Posted 07.20.2016 | Divorce

Co-parenting is no walk in the park. Disagreements about discipline, schedules and bed times can unravel even the most level-headed parent ― and whe...

Strong Parenting, Strong Children, Strong Adults

Shelley Hopper | Posted 07.08.2016 | Parents
Shelley Hopper

Here's to raising strong people. Strong humans. Strong little girls AND strong little boys.

Divorce Confidential: Children And The 'Best Interests' Standard

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.28.2016 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Parents who work together and make the best decisions for their child are better off than when a court imposes an order on the family. With that goal in mind, look for a parenting expert or coach in your city. There are also many valuable resources available to you including co-parenting classes and co-parenting books. Finally, don't forget to talk to an attorney in your city for a resource list and tips on how to navigate this process!

We Must Respect Moms And Stepmoms Alike

Donna Mott | Posted 06.15.2016 | Divorce
Donna Mott

Stepmoms do not have an easy job. They are caught somewhere in the middle of all the emotion and tend to receive the brunt of negativity and spitefulness, because they are not a biological parent.

The One Conversation I'm Petrified To Have

Melissa L. Smith | Posted 06.15.2016 | Divorce
Melissa L. Smith

Her mouth is moving but I'm not really hearing what she's saying. I notice phrases here and there like "Parenting Plan", "Split Custody" and "Marital ...

3 Reasons to Honor and Respect Your Ex

Derick Turner | Posted 06.13.2016 | Divorce
Derick Turner

I recently shared with my readers at how I endured my first post-divorce Mother's Day. It was an interesting experience for me. You ...

Surviving My Children

Trish Eklund | Posted 05.20.2016 | Divorce
Trish Eklund

My blended family works together as much as we can, but like most children, my daughters tested their boundaries, and at times I wondered if our relationships would survive them.

Let Children of Divorce Love Their Other Parent Without Guilt

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Rosalind Sedacca

All parents need to be aware that when a child expresses love, admiration or respect for their other parent, it doesn't diminish their love for you. Competition for affection between parents, divorced or otherwise, is a no-win road to alienating your children.

Another Milestone: Your Teen's High School Graduation

Risa Garon | Posted 05.04.2016 | Divorce
Risa Garon

You and your child started talking about graduation -- the preparation, event and celebration afterwards. Uh oh, what about the child's other parent?

This Divorced Couple Solved A Very Real Problem For Exes Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.27.2016 | Divorce

When Ken and Wanda Bass divorced in 2002 after 15 years together, they weren't the kind of exes who'd casually send Mother's Day and Father's Day card...

What If Co-Parenting Is Just You Parenting?

Karin Schott | Posted 04.20.2016 | Divorce
Karin Schott

It is such a comforting word Co-parenting. It is the word used when a couple who has had a child or children are no longer together and yet they magically cooperate in all the care and decisions of those children.

Mom-Vaca Problems

Jennifer Lehner | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Lehner

Society needs to reset their standard on what a father should be doing. Not praising them for doing what they should be doing, because apparently; if you are not a douche bag, you deserve a medal.

11 Hard Truths About Being A Stepmom

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.12.2016 | Divorce

Nothing can prepare you for life as a new stepmom -- except maybe women who've weathered the initial storms themselves. Below, stepmothers who blog f...

4 Reasons Why Co-Parenting Post Divorce Matters More Than Ever

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 04.11.2016 | Divorce
Dana Westreich Hirt

Just like parenting with a live-in spouse or partner, co-parenting has its joys -- and its challenges. In my view, though, co-parents have an extra responsibility to their children given the family rupture. Here are four reasons why effective co-parenting matters more than ever.

Many Dads Are Being Forced to Play "Mother May I?"

Donna Mott | Posted 04.04.2016 | Divorce
Donna Mott

Photo by Kellie Chaney Do you remember the childhood game, Mother May I? The mother directs the children to take a certain...

I Will Never Be the Mother I Want to Be

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 03.24.2016 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

I felt like I was losing my children. Although I would still have them one night a week and every other weekend (and can still see them at practices and games), I felt like I was a bad mom, because I couldn't be the "ever-present mother" I wanted to be.

Successful and Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce

Kelly Benamati | Posted 03.23.2016 | Divorce
Kelly Benamati

Life isn't always easy but it can be with the help or two parents who love their children unconditionally and need to learn some simple tips to develop successful co parenting situations. I believe in you and make sure you set a great example and speak nice because your kids are watching, listening and learning from you all the time. Be great because I know you can.

Start Here

Trish Eklund | Posted 03.18.2016 | Divorce
Trish Eklund

Our journey began like most divorces. The difference is we continue to show up, no matter what happens.

My Wife Got Christmas In The Divorce

Al DeLuise | Posted 03.18.2016 | Divorce
Al DeLuise

Things change with divorce, but not always for the worse.

The Je Ne Sais Quoi of Sound Parenting Plans

Tara Fass | Posted 03.15.2016 | Divorce
Tara Fass

I am of the opinion that the more clarity and definition you have in your co-parenting plan the better. For many of you, the co-parenting plan will be put away in a drawer and rarely, if ever, looked at again. For all of you though, thinking these issues through and really taking them seriously will make a world of difference, and may even help you attain the closure you desperately want and need.

Madonna: Icon (and Single Working Mother with Custody Issues)

Nicole H. Sodoma | Posted 03.11.2016 | Divorce
Nicole H. Sodoma

This article was written by my colleague, Patra A. Sinner, Board Certified Family Law Specialist and attorney, Sodoma Law ( There ...

Tender Years Primer

Tara Fass | Posted 03.09.2016 | Divorce
Tara Fass

There is an ever widening acceptance of gender neutrality with mothers and fathers perceived as equally fit to parent, in my professional experience i...

Would You Wear Your Spouse's Ex's Hand-Me-Downs?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 02.29.2016 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

My husband's ex and I actually have a lot in common... We share the same struggles with our teenagers, we enjoy similar hobbies and activities, we talk regularly about the kids and their futures. Why not share a shirt or two?

Consistent Coparenting Eases Life for Children After Divorce

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 02.29.2016 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

Don't point fingers and put your ex on the defensive with blame or shame. Focus instead on the benefits to your children when they experience consistency and agreement between their parents.