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No, My Children Are Not Victims Of Divorce

Aubrey Keefer | Posted 07.20.2016 | Divorce
Aubrey Keefer

When we agreed to end our marriage, I sat in my therapist's office, crying those big ugly tears one cries when they're surviving solely on chocolate malt milkshakes. I cried to him in exasperation, terrified of the stigma that would forever follow my girls now that they were children of divorce.

The Importance Of Paternal Bonding

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 06.29.2016 | Parents
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

Dads start out with a disadvantage from the moment that their children are conceived. Sure, they are their children just as much as the mom's, but it doesn't always seem like that

Dads Need Alone Time With Baby Too

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 06.29.2016 | Parents
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

I think that dads start out with a disadvantage from the moment that their children are conceived. Sure, they are their children just as much as the mom's, but it doesn't always seem like that.

A Letter To My Divorcing Self

Shelley Hopper | Posted 06.28.2016 | Divorce
Shelley Hopper

On the brink of 30, you will thank yourself for remembering to always find the beauty in breakdowns and see the glass half full. Immersing yourself in a life filled with vivacity, vigor, humbleness and adventures will keep you mentally healthy and happy. You are living a life full of self-love and creativity that you so deserve, and have always yearned for.

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 ...

Co-Parents Who Can't Agree On Co-Parenting

Abby King | Posted 06.01.2016 | Divorce
Abby King

Parenthood is messy, hard, exhausting, worrisome, amazing, stressful and rewarding. I'm suggesting adding regular discussions and negotiations with my ex into that inescapable mess? I understand why he'd rather run the other direction. My ex is right.

Why I'm Letting Go: Agreeing to 50/50 Custody

Aubrey Keefer | Posted 05.27.2016 | Divorce
Aubrey Keefer

I'm not sharing this for self-gratification. I'm not sharing because I think I did things the right way from the start. I'm sharing this because I wish I'd had more stories to read as I was going through my divorce and making the decisions that would forever impact my children.

Separating Kids and Finances: The Parenting Plan

Jane Ryan | Posted 05.05.2016 | Divorce
Jane Ryan

We received good advice early on in the divorce process to separate kids and money. For us, this meant hiring a separate mediator for the custody agreement and a separate mediator for the financial settlement.

5 People You Need When Getting Divorced

Jane Ryan | Posted 05.03.2016 | Divorce
Jane Ryan

Divorce is one of the most painful life transitions I have experienced. In reflecting back on what has made this journey bearable and at times joyful -- it was a tribe of people in my life who consistently reached out, showed up and offered support.

Post Separation Firsts

Jane Ryan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Divorce
Jane Ryan

Today was the first kid's birthday I hosted as a single mom. Events involving the kids and their friend's parents are difficult for me. My son is 7 ...

This Mom and Stepmom's Story Is A Lesson In Putting The Kids First

Julie Cox | Posted 04.28.2016 | Divorce
Julie Cox

We gave #TalktoMe the Adventures in Co-parenting treatment and had Jackson interview both of us -- his mom, Katie, and stepmom, Julie -- and ask us some hard-hitting questions about co-parenting, role models, and our favorite memories.

Cooperation or Combat? The Choice Is Yours!

Mark Baer | Posted 04.14.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Every single thing we say and do are actions which we have chosen to make. What we don't say and do are the result of our inactions, which are also choices. Whether those choices are conscious or unconscious, they are still choices.

The Divorce Was My Happily Ever After

Candidly Kim | Posted 04.05.2016 | Divorce
Candidly Kim

I am who I am today because of that divorce. I'm Strong, Intelligent, Loving, Caring, Thoughtful, Patient, Understanding and Compassionate...I know who Kim is. That's my happily ever after!

5 Tips To Help You Coparent AND Keep Your Sanity

Chelli Pumphrey, LPC | Posted 04.04.2016 | Divorce
Chelli Pumphrey, LPC

Do you know what's worse than getting a divorce from someone who has broken your heart, your wallet, or your sanity? It's having to share the parentin...

10 Real Life Tips For Successful Co-Parenting

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 03.24.2016 | Divorce
Lorraine C. Ladish

The only reason I feel like I can actually give tips for successful coparenting is because I practice them myself! My two daughters´ father and I separated seven years ago as a couple. But we did not stop being parents to our kids just because we couldn´t make our marriage work (and believe me, we tried to make it work!).

My Ex-Wife Calls My Son Every Night, And I Consider It A Blessing

Dave Heiges | Posted 03.15.2016 | Divorce
Dave Heiges

With today's technology, there is no excuse for a parent to be absent from a child's life.

'I'm Trying To Coparent With An Accusatory Ex'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 03.10.2016 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

"Instead of trying to co-parent in a thoughtful way, my ex-husband spends his days trying to convince me that I'm a horrible mother because I've injured and supposedly mentally damaged my daughter."

5 Tactics For Healthy Co-parenting With Your Ex

Jason Levoy | Posted 03.10.2016 | Divorce
Jason Levoy

I always tell clients that just because the marriage didn't work out doesn't mean you can't co-parent effectively and have a healthy post-divorce relationship. It's very possible, but like everything when it comes to relationships, it takes two to make it work.

You Don't Have to Play Family With Your Cheating Ex 'For The Children'

Tracy Schorn | Posted 02.25.2016 | Divorce
Tracy Schorn

If you're the chump left doing the custodial Sane Parent gig -- listen to me -- you do not need to feign friendship with your ex for the children. You need to preserve that sanity with no contact. (Or as much that is permitted within the confines of a custody order.)

There Are No Winners...

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 02.18.2016 | Divorce
Valerie DeLoach

A common theme I have noticed in divorce situations is the desire between the exes to prove who is "the winner" and who is "the loser." The conclusion I have reached is that if there are two parents who want to prove that they are the winner, then although the winner may be inconclusive... the loser is certain. The KIDS are the losers.

Love Is A Verb

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 02.16.2016 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

They say having a child is a big stressor on a marriage, to which I believe the cavemen grunted, UH-HUH.

Yes, It's Possible To Divorce Without Ruining Your Kids' Lives

Divorced Moms | Posted 02.09.2016 | Divorce
Divorced Moms

If a separation is handled in the right way -- and what I mean by that is that your kids' well-being drives the process of separation rather than your own ego -- it is possible for your kids to transition well.

Here's What You Should Really Get Your Ex This Valentine's Day

Christina Pesoli | Posted 01.27.2016 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

If you give your ex the gift that I'm about to recommend, you will get a HUGE gift in return. Before I tell you what you'll get, let me explain what you should give.

An Unexpected Teachable Moment, Courtesy of The Kardashians

Erin Mantz | Posted 01.13.2016 | Divorce
Erin Mantz

The truth is, I said what I felt and believed in. I actually said what rings true to our own family's experience. If I said the right thing or not, I may never know, though I am absolutely sure I'll ask him fifteen years from now if he can quote me on this, and if he still believes in happy endings.

7 Ways To Maintain a Positive Relationship With Your Ex

Kristin Davin, Psy.D. | Posted 01.08.2016 | Divorce
Kristin Davin, Psy.D.

Remember, your role as a parent places a pivotal role in what your children take away from the divorce. Learning to work towards improving your relationship with your ex has positive, long-term benefits that help the entire family!