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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.

A Thank You To The Ex-Mother-In-Law Who Didn't Like Me

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 06.29.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

I figured there would be comments left and right about me, the terrible mother and person. "My daughter would end up not liking me," I thought, letting the worst thoughts run through my head. How could this go well? Guess what... It did.

To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I recently had the most fascinating consultation with a gentleman who was interested in the possibility of my representing him as his lawyer.

The Hardest Thing I Had To Say During The Divorce Process

Kasey Ferris | Posted 06.20.2015 | Divorce
Kasey Ferris

In the middle of a divorce, you never really know what's coming.

How to Celebrate Your Kid's Birthday As Co-Parents

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 05.29.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

As we near the end of the divorce process, my ex and I have celebrated every single holiday or anniversary apart at this point besides our daughter's birthday ... until this past week.

The Parenting Club, Daddy Privilege and Mommy Martyrdom

Theresa Sirles | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Theresa Sirles

As a divorced mother who shares custody, I've had to examine my own assumptions about parenting gender roles and expectations. I continue to own my self-imposed guilt and attempt to dismantle it like a boss.

My Co-Parent Won't See Our 4-Year-Old Because He Hates My New Boyfriend

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 05.02.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

Children of any age may be very angry at a parent that they can't see, even if it is because the parent is sick or imprisoned.  Make sure to use your empathy skills to tell your child that these feelings are completely normal and okay.

Check Your Ego at the Door (Beyond Mom and Stepmom Hate)

Shelley Wetton | Posted 04.26.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

My little boy's well being stopped my insecurity in its tracks. I didn't want Connor to suffer and refused to confuse him by encouraging hatred for a woman who loved him. I refused to be selfish, cruel and bitter because it's just not how I'm wired.

The Divorce Games: Finding Your Inner Adult

Theresa Sirles | Posted 04.25.2015 | Divorce
Theresa Sirles

When it comes to relationships, I've finally learned to say: I am not your child. I am not your parent. I'm an adult willing to consider a relationship with another adult -- game free.

14 Questions My Son Asked About My Divorce And What I Answered

Divorced Moms | Posted 04.19.2015 | Divorce
Divorced Moms

I am simply a mom who, like so many other moms, wants the best for her kids.

7 Steps To Redesigning Your Family Blueprint After Divorce

Theresa Sirles | Posted 04.14.2015 | Divorce
Theresa Sirles

A close friend listened compassionately as I explained my plan to "do the right thing" and stick it out no matter how I felt. She then asked a question that would change my life: "Do you truly think an unhappy mother can raise happy children?" No. I didn't. And I don't.

An Open Letter To Women Who Send Open Letters To Their Ex-Husbands' New Girlfriends

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.12.2015 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

If you want to tell your ex's new girlfriend how much you've come to like and appreciate her, by all means, do that. But when you say it with an open letter, it stops being about how awesome the girlfriend is and instead becomes about how superior you are.

A Love Letter To My Son's Stepmom

Shelley Wetton | Posted 03.29.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

Thank you, Jill, for being patient and tolerant as we navigated this life we didn't expect -- a life that included each other. Above all else, thank you for selflessly loving and mothering our son.

When New Wife and Ex-Wife's Worlds Collide

Shelley Wetton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

We had not planned for this life when we were young and dreaming of our futures. There's no training or preparation. But there's one thing we knew for sure -- we might have to suffer each other's presence for the rest of our lives.

We Are Not a Broken Family

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 03.10.2015 | Divorce
Grete DeAngelo

I have been heading a single-parent family for nearly six years now. I am a teacher, and I can't tell you how many times I've sat in meetings and conferences while others lamented the fact that we have to deal with "broken families."

New Family, New Traditions: Navigating the Holidays After Divorce

Pamela L. Smith | Posted 02.23.2015 | Divorce
Pamela L. Smith

This year, my ex asked to have the boys for dinner on the first night. Even though it wasn't his usual night, he promised to have them home for bedtime. It took a moment to register but I realized that I was no longer a necessary part of this holiday. He is now ready to take on this tradition on his own.