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Why I Am Thankful For My Divorce

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

Dear Divorce: You hurt me. You make me sad. Hopeless. Feel lonely. Broke. Wonder why '"this is happening to me." You screw me up when sometimes, I mis...

When An Amicable Divorce Becomes Not So Amicable

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 11.18.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

I write with a heavy heart today that as I near the end of the divorce process -- complete with an already signed property settlement agreement -- thi...

What Married Moms Don't Get About Divorced Ones

Erin Mantz | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Erin Mantz

The next time you want to give a shout out to a divorced mom, offer support, or reassure her everything is going to be alright - simply do this: Be social. The simplest, most sure-fire thing to do is not offer her the thoughts above, but just ask her if she'd like to go for cocktails or coffee - and chat about anything else.

Suck It Up For The Kids

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 10.29.2015 | Divorce
Heather Gillis-Harris

Whatever pain the other party has put you through, sometimes you have to stuff it and move on. Why? Because your kids didn't ask for this. They don't want to be put in the position where they have to choose between Mom and Dad. Chances are they want and need both parents.

What Happened After My Ex-Husband and I Threw Away Our Custody Agreement

Candice Curry | Posted 10.26.2015 | Divorce
Candice Curry

Our daughter isn't a possession or a puppet. She's not a pawn or weapon. She's a little girl who never asked for divorced parents and she needs to feel equally important and cherished at both homes. She needs to see her parents love each other and work together as a team.

11 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Divorce

James J. Sexton | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
James J. Sexton

One of the most stressful aspects of the divorce process for those of us with kids is dealing with the inevitability, and sadness, of having to explain the divorce to them.

5 Things To Keep In Mind When Co-Parenting With Your Ex After Divorce

Holly Helm | Posted 10.07.2015 | Divorce
Holly Helm

Keeping a positive outlook and concentrating on your daily happiness will only serve you well.

Stepparent Pain

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I feel like you should think about all surrounding circumstances of a child's behavior or actions before you decide on how to approach a situation. My husband is a "react now, feel guilty after thinking about it later" kind of guy.

The Hardest Part Of Being A Divorced Dad

The Good Men Project | Posted 09.22.2015 | Divorce
The Good Men Project

There is a lot I can't do. We can't go back. We can't all live in the same house. I can't fill the void she has missing her mom when she's at my house, no one can. But still, there is a lot I can do.

Co-Parenting Tips That Will Keep Kids Happy

Nadine Cheung | Posted 09.04.2015 | Divorce

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The Worst Piece Of Divorce Advice I've Ever Heard

Jackie Pilossoph | Posted 09.02.2015 | Divorce
Jackie Pilossoph

There is no good breakup. Everyone is walking away hurt, angry, scared and though I hate to say it, maybe a little bitter.

Parenting Only Children After Divorce

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.25.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

Divorce may be particularly difficult for only children. This is true for children without any siblings as well as virtual only children, those who are separated by seven or more years from their closest sibling. Children with special-needs siblings can also feel like only children, particularly if the sibling is unable to engage interpersonally.

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Parenting, Goodnight Guilt: How To Be A Better Parent Than You Have Ever Been

Margaret Hession | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Margaret Hession

To somehow yoke the term parenting with the concept of an obstacle course of terrors seems somewhat frightening, and honestly an unlikely partnership of sorts. And yet, ironically, this description actually comes close to describing the profound mystery of parenting Americans are faced almost every day.

Summer, Back to School and Divorce

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 08.10.2015 | Divorce
Dr. Kate Roberts

The fact that the boys are completely camp sick today doesn't bother me, but it makes returning to the mundane world of simple etiquette -- gas is for the bathroom and car only, chores, and back to school feel like a mild form of torture, on both sides -- mine and theirs.

5 Things Dads Can Do to Help After a Divorce

Michelle Matthews | Posted 08.04.2015 | Divorce
Michelle Matthews

Divorce brings with it many challenges but none is more challenging than trying to negotiate/navigate the world of co-parenting with your ex-spouse.

How Far Will You Go "For the Best Interest of the Child"?

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Denis

Is it odd and unconventional and hard to explain to new people who enter MY life, yes it is. However; I wouldn't change any of it. To see my daughter smile, to see my friend happy and to see my ex find the love he deserves makes me happy.

The 4 Times I've Missed Having a Parenting Partner

Lindsey Light | Posted 07.15.2015 | Divorce
Lindsey Light

While there is often a lot of discussion about how difficult single parenthood can be, it seems we often focus on the logistics--how to take care of everyone and still have a social life, how to be a good parent and develop a career at the same time, how to budget as a single parent. But there is an emotional burden that is often overlooked.

Want to Make Sure Your Kids Get Over the Divorce? First, Let Them Go Through It

Anastasia Higginbotham | Posted 06.25.2015 | Divorce
Anastasia Higginbotham

Just as sex education doesn't "give" young people the idea to have sex, acknowledging that divorce is disruptive, life-changing and often hard isn't what makes it so.

Divorce Is Final But Kids Tie You Together Forever

MiddleSexy | Posted 06.17.2015 | Divorce

So here's the thing about divorce, if you have children together: Your marriage may be over but your interactions will never end. There will be birthday parties and graduations. Weddings and grandchildren.

What Being A Stepmom Taught Me About Co-Parenting

Lindsey Light | Posted 06.01.2015 | Divorce
Lindsey Light

Before I was divorced, before I became a mother biologically, I was a stepmom. This was not an easy role to tackle. Here are some ways that my role as a stepmom prepared me for my role as the ex-wife.

The Parenting Relay Race

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

We're learning the ins and outs of our own exhaustion, our own debilitating frustration, our own shortcomings as parents. We're learning to read each other better, to understand the different types of tired, to notice the I-can't-do-this-anymore looks on each other's faces.

But Mommy, You'll Be Alone

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.12.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

On Mother's Day, I said goodbye to my dog. She didn't die. No, she's still alive and perky at almost eleven years old, but I gave her to my ex-husband.

Why I Chose My Ex's New Wife Over My Friends

Shelley Wetton | Posted 05.11.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

I realized I needed a positive relationship with my ex and his fiancé, if not for my own sanity, for my child's future.

6 Steps To A Peaceful Divorce

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

That statement in itself seems contradictory. A divorce is a total dissolution of a relationship and maybe even a family. Destruction. A collapse. How could something initially so sad--yet sometimes so happy--be considered peaceful? Here's how.

How Should I Talk About My Ex's New Partner To My Kids?

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 06.30.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

There are plenty of ways to ensure that your kids have the best transition possible, and one of them is letting go of what you cannot and should not control.