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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!

Welcome to the Club House: Laura Wasser, Queen of Bird Nesting

Tara Fass | Posted 05.12.2016 | Divorce
Tara Fass

Some of the toughest calls as a clinician arise from working with co-parents of infants and toddlers. With this in mind I contacted cutting edge fa...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

This Year, No "Dear Teacher, We Are Divorced" Declaration

Erin Mantz | Posted 09.05.2015 | Divorce
Erin Mantz

When I got divorced five years ago, I didn't think twice about emailing my nine-year-old's teacher on first day of school. It was elementary school, s...

If Joint Custody Were a Country Song

Rosemond Perdue Cranner | Posted 08.25.2016 | 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.

45 Years of No-Fault Divorce: What Would Tevye Think?

Tara Fass | Posted 05.23.2016 | Divorce
Tara Fass

We entered this interview with the agreement that Theodore Bikel would be in the character of Tevye, who is now 250 years old. Tevye is the simple 'Everyman,' this multi-hyphenate folksinger, actor and peace activist made famous in the Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Divorce and Fear: How to Cope

Jenny Kanevsky | Posted 06.27.2015 | Divorce
Jenny Kanevsky

I have been paralyzed by the fear; but I can't stay in paralysis. I have to function as an adult, be a mom, and keep my panic quiet to protect my kids.

And the Winner Is

Thomasina Guidry | Posted 04.20.2015 | Divorce
Thomasina Guidry

You both matter, maybe not to each other, but to that kid that calls you mom and dad. On the 23rd of January, the claim on that hill that we created and fought so hard over will expire. As much as we wanted to be the sole victor, we both came out on top. Whether we meant to or not.

'I Want To Pee Like Daddy'

Jon Vaughn | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

She's not as confusing as some of the women I've dated; I understand her; I get her and she gets me. We grew up together, in a sense, and now I see a young, independent, beautiful and risk-taking female version of me. (This version looks much better than the original, by the way.)

A Mother's Lesson in Listening

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez | Posted 07.16.2014 | Divorce
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

My parents stayed together for us kids, but I chose not to. By the time my son celebrates his second birthday, his father and I will be divorced. Hourly, I battle between crowning that decision selfless or selfish.

Lifting Blanket Restrictions

Richard Warshak | Posted 07.04.2014 | Divorce
Richard Warshak

Big changes are afoot Down Under. And these presage changes in the U.S. and Europe as well. For the past few years, a research report issued by the office of the Australian Attorney General, with statements of its lead author, has exerted a disproportionate impact on the lives of young children whose parents are separated.

Moving From Parenting to Co-parenting: Joining Together in Divorce

John McElhenney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

In my state, as a man, if you want something other than the SPO and non-custodial parent role, you're going to have to fight. You're going to have to disagree with your expensive 'parenting planning' and PH.D family therapist.

WATCH: 'Suppernanny' Shares Best Divorce Advice

Posted 07.30.2013 | Divorce

Jo Frost has helped parents deal with family problems on shows like "Family S.O.S" and "Supernanny", but now she's helping viewers with their issues a...

One Choice, Two Parents: A Summertime Planner

Mark Roseman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Divorce
Mark Roseman

Parents most often live in different towns, perhaps different states, perhaps different regions of this country. But, unlike most of the year with cookie cutter visitation arrangements, the summer means even more scheduling, more agendas.

Equal Child Custody Revisited

Henry Gornbein | Posted 08.27.2013 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

The general view of the attorneys who specialize in family law is that one size does not fit all. The view is that custody and parenting time should be decided on a case by case basis without a mandate or rebuttable presumption.

The 'Uncle Dad Syndrome': When Divorced Dads Act Like Carefree Uncles and Why Their Kids Feel Cheated

Alison Patton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Divorce
Alison Patton

The "Uncle Dad Syndrome" is not just about indulging the kids. It's the entire personality of this dad and how he parents.

10 Ways To Make Co-Parenting Less Stressful

Posted 12.20.2012 | Divorce

As any co-parent will tell you, it's not easy to keep it strictly about the kids when you call up your ex. All too often, the same communication probl...

The Shocking Secret That Caused My Parents’ Divorce

The Huffington Post | Natasha Burton | Posted 10.03.2012 | Divorce

We asked adult children of divorce to share how their parents’ splits affected their lives in the long run, for better or for worse. This story came...

The Person You Should Blame For That Fight With Your Ex

Judy Corcoran | Posted 10.14.2012 | Divorce
Judy Corcoran

When an issue comes up with your ex, ask yourself if you are behaving or communicating in a way that contributes to the confli

Why Equal Custody Should Be The Legal Norm

Fred Silberberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

There is one presumption that seems to be missing from the body of legal presumptions in family law: the presumption that equal custody timesharing is appropriate for children involved in divorce and paternity custody disputes.

Is Your Ex Letting The Kids Watch Too Much TV? How To Deal

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.21.2012 | Divorce
Common Sense Media

"Is it that bad to let your kids watch Aliens?" My ex-husband posed this question to me -- and he was dead serious. Did I mention that our kids are 6 and 8?