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How to Explain Divorce to a 3-Year-Old?

Randall M. Kessler | Posted 09.21.2015 | Divorce
Randall M. Kessler

How do we help our clients explain divorce to a 3-year-old? That is something parents must deal with and must get right, to help their children. Whether it is explaining divorce to a 3-year-old, a 6-year-old, or a teenager, it is never easy, especially when it's your own divorce.

When Custody Battles Make Breastfeeding Nearly Impossible

SheKnows | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents

When Lynn D. first discovered she was pregnant, she just assumed she would most likely breastfeed her new baby but hadn’t thought too much abou...

If Joint Custody Were a Country Song

Rosemond Perdue Cranner | Posted 08.25.2015 | Divorce
Rosemond Perdue Cranner

If this were a country song, I'd load my hound into the pickup and head to the local bar. I'd order a Bud, put some quarters in the jukebox and let Hank Williams, or maybe Patsy Cline, sing my pain.

California Court Rules That a Mother's Custody Petition Requires a Hearing

Brad Reid | Posted 07.26.2015 | Parents
Brad Reid

In a just decided (July 23, 2015) unpublished decision (In re Emily S.) the Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, has reversed a trial court's decision that denied, without a hearing, a biological mother's court petition to regain custody of a daughter.

Visit With My Estranged Grandmother

Dana Laquidara | Posted 06.18.2015 | Divorce
Dana Laquidara

Following the cobblestone walkway to her front door on Cape Cod, I am marveling at the fact that at ninety years old she is still living on her own. I am about to ring the doorbell when she pulls the door open and stands before me, small but steady on her feet.

How to Win More Time with Your Kids This Summer

Stann Givens | Posted 05.28.2015 | Divorce
Stann Givens

Children all over the U.S. are finishing school and making plans for the summer. For families going through a divorce, this normally relaxing time of year can be the most stressful.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

In Praise Of Involved Fathers

Joe Seldner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

All the chatter about fathers not being involved in their children's lives sometimes confuses those of us who had the privilege of raising our children by ourselves. We wouldn't have had it any other way, so it is difficult to comprehend why any father would not want to be involved.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Part II of this series ended with the following question from an attorney colleague on the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

Recipe for an Apology

Tara Fass | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Tara Fass

As Paula Spencer Scott, wrote in 7 Ways to Handle a Hothead -- Without Blowing Your Top steadying yourself with people who feel slighted is challenging. In my line of work, this would be hurt and angry co-parents and their children.

Every. Other. Weekend. Coping With Custody.

Heather Leiva | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Heather Leiva

I remind myself I am lucky. Every other weekend means they have two sets of parents who love them. I am lucky to have a beautiful family in whatever capacity I can get it.

How My Divorce Will Be Different Than My Parents'

Jenny Kanevsky | Posted 05.03.2015 | Divorce
Jenny Kanevsky

I'm on a roller coaster, the huge swells have passed, for now, but I know there are more to come. Seventeen years, two children, three moves -- it's a history, a life together. But I will find my new normal, and I will make sure my children have one as well. I'm human, but I'll do my best.

Did Mom Coach Her Daughters To Lie About Abuse?

Posted 08.26.2015 | Dr. Phil

Shelly adopted her two granddaughters when they were young children, because her daughter, Roxy, was deemed an unfit mother. Recently, the two girls, ...

Trouble Parenting My Stepson

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Your family is going through significant growing pains, with everyone having to make some big adjustments. Rather than giving you suggestions for controlling your stepson's behavior, I think it best that we step back and look at the situation from a bigger perspective.

A Poem About Losing Custody

Jon Vaughn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Divorce
Jon Vaughn

Shock and surprise, in the blink of an eye. I'm still a kid myself! This twenty year old guy.

Planning Pays Off

Fred Silberberg | Posted 12.21.2014 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

While the concept of planning what happens upon a separation may seem cruel or too calculating to some, its' a fact of life that those who plan ahead for their long term goals are usually more likely to succeed at them than those who do not.

Sisters In A Custody Battle: Who Should Keep The Child?

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Dana is furious with her sister, Jaye, who refuses to relinquish temporary guardianship of Dana’s 13-year-old daughter. Dana, who struggled with dru...

Reality Divorce

Margaret Klaw | Posted 11.15.2014 | Divorce
Margaret Klaw

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Nestled cozily in my inbox between an email from a grumpy opposing attorney and a bar association solicitation, there it was: NOW CASTING DIVORCED COUPLES FOR NEW NBC SERIES. Of course, I clicked.

Splitting the Baby

Krista Barth | Posted 11.12.2014 | Divorce
Krista Barth

I litigate for a living, but if I do my job really well, you never step foot inside a courtroom. If you step foot into a courtroom, you have already lost. You have abdicated your parental authority to the state rather than compromise with someone you once loved.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Joan Meier | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Joan Meier

Society needs to come to grips with the reality of the risks some fathers pose for children -- and put away the childish fantasy that Fathers Know Best.

5 Custody Myths Separating Parents Should Know

Carla Schiff Donnelly | Posted 08.05.2014 | Divorce
Carla Schiff Donnelly

Custody cases can be contentious, expensive and painful for all involved. Parents are often flooded with war stories of their cousin's neighbor's bes...

The Best Gift Divorced Parents Can Give Their Kids

Amy Arndt | Posted 07.27.2014 | Divorce
Amy Arndt

If your primary goal is to protect your children from pain, by simply handling situations with your former spouse in a positive manner, the children reap the benefits.

What Society Gets Wrong About Divorced Dads

Doug Zeigler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Divorce
Doug Zeigler

I just find it sad that societally, we assume the worst when it comes to men and fatherhood, especially in the case of custody. I do believe that with time, we can prove that we can be and ARE great parents in our own right and eradicate the stereotypes. The onus is on us, men.

Doing This Could Seriously Damage Your Child Custody Case

Posted 03.17.2014 | Divorce

By Lenore Skonal for No. It’s the resounding answer to the question: Should you have a member of the opposite sex spend the night...

Saying "I Do" Over & Over

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.21.2014 | Divorce
Barbara Greenberg

What is it about marriage that makes so many of us want to try out yet another one after 1 or even 2 failed marriages?