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I Made An Unexpected Friend During Divorce -- My Ex's New Wife

Lisa Lavia Ryan | Posted 05.25.2015 | Divorce
Lisa Lavia Ryan

In the trenches of my worst behavior and my most grievous failures as a human being, I made a friend. She was, and is, my ex-husband's wife.

How A Selfie Pulled Me Out Of My Darkest Days Post-Split

Samantha Darby Sollenberger | Posted 05.26.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Darby Sollenberger

The night when I knew my marriage was ending and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it...I took a selfie. I felt vain and stupid and ridiculous. I thought, "Who does things like this in the middle of a crisis?" And now I'm glad I did.

Are Single Parents All Created Equal?

Stacey Freeman | Posted 05.14.2015 | Divorce
Stacey Freeman

Not all single parents are created equal. Some of us have it easier than others, and in different ways. Some of us have it more difficult, and in different ways. We can debate until we are blue in the face what constitutes those "better" or "worse" situations.

What is a 'Clean' Breakup? (and How to Achieve One)

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

Holding compassion as a higher value than revenge, spite or fear may take some getting used to, but it is ultimately the one emotion that can see you safely through troubled waters.

Kids, Your Dad Wants a Divorce

Michele Weiner-Davis | Posted 05.12.2015 | Divorce
Michele Weiner-Davis

Telling the truth to children is by no means a panacea for the pain they will feel about the disruption in their lives due to their parents' divorce. But it goes a long way to setting a positive precedent for honest and open parent-child communication.

Wheelchair Wisdom: I Am Connected to All of Life

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

There are two ways of spreading light -- to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it. -- Edith Wharton The definition of connection is knowing...

Bye Bye

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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10 Things Single Moms Want Their Kids To Know

Stacey Freeman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Divorce
Stacey Freeman

Today, deep into my routine as a single mom of two teenage daughters and an elementary-school-age son, hearing those criticisms has yet to become any easier. I somehow suspect it never will. So I continue to remind my kids (and myself) I'm not infallible. I'm human.

A Tribute to Single Parent Moms

Risa Garon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Risa Garon

Always, always give yourself credit for all that you do, all that you are, including your children's loving mom.

The 4 Stages Of A Dying Marriage

Becky Whetstone, Ph.D., "Doctor Becky" | Posted 05.07.2015 | Divorce
Becky Whetstone, Ph.D.,

Similar to the four stages of cancer, marriages that end deteriorate in four distinctive and predictable stages, and once a marriage moves from stage one to two, it will ultimately die if nothing is done about it.

Divorce and Fear: How to Cope

Jenny Kanevsky | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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.

Divorce Confidential: The Fight for the Family Residence

Caroline Choi | Posted 04.24.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Many divorcing couples stay in the family residence and live together pending the finalization of the divorce. While this might make sense for some families, it also creates an environment of stress and tension, not only for the divorcing couple, but also for the children.

Contortions: Gratitude Inside Out and Upside Down

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Lulu Salavegsen

With my newfound commitment to live gratefully, my goal of absolute authenticity was born and I wouldn't change a thing.

Divorce Isn't Over Until The Health Insurance Is Gone

Christine Blackburn | Posted 04.07.2015 | Divorce
Christine Blackburn

When I realized my marriage was over a few years ago, many concerns came to mind: Where is my kid going to sleep each night? Where will I live? These issues were colossal, but I could get my head around them. However, the prospect of losing my health insurance through my husband's plan? That was paralyzing.

What I Learned About Myself Through an Online Dating Profile

Samantha Darby Sollenberger | Posted 04.03.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Darby Sollenberger

Months ago, when the separation from my husband was still fresh and raw, I joined an online dating website. I know. I know.

Why I'll Never Open a Joint Checking Account Again

MyBankTracker | Posted 03.30.2015 | Money
MyBankTracker

Joint bank accounts do offer some advantages in terms of convenience and simplicity, but there is a certain amount of risk that goes along with opening one.

Are You Falling Out of Love?

Randi Gunther | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Randi Gunther

Relationships are never all bad, and you might have been trying too hard to focus on the things you still valued while you were slipping away inside. You've been struggling with whether you're really done or just need a new way to be together.

To The Left Behind Spouse

Rebecca Bitton | Posted 05.27.2015 | Divorce
Rebecca Bitton

You stop being the person who something was done to. You start creating a life you love, piece by piece, and it's authentic and genuine and fortified with the strength of your experience and sheer will to transcend bitterness and disappointment -- to step into the world fully.

Handling Your Divorce Like an Air-Traffic Controller

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.15.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Going back to our air-traffic controller analogy, it's time to look at the full picture, but take one thing at time. To decrease the risk of mid-air collisions, follow the PEACE acronym: Parenting Plan, Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Child Support and Everything Else!

Why it Took Me 4 Years to get Divorced

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Divorce
Lisa Marie Wilson

It's hard to go from a life of marriage to a life of singlehood but millions of people do it every year and to those facing this transition, take your time. Maybe four years is a bit extreme but don't rush the decision to finalize your life apart.

I Laughed When My Father Died

Jaleesa Jones | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Jaleesa Jones

Yet even with the space she gave me, I still felt suffocated. Like I was choking on my father's memory. And I was. My father haunted me long before he died.

10 Unexpected Things That Hurt The Most In My Divorce

Samantha Darby Sollenberger | Posted 05.10.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Darby Sollenberger

One of the first times I saw him after our separation, he was in a new pair of jeans and a new shirt. I don't know why this bothered me, you guys. I can't even explain how irrationally upset I was by this. I remember thinking, "Did he buy this for a date?"

How to Send Positive Signs to Your Potential Partner

Sheila Blagg | Posted 05.04.2015 | Divorce
Sheila Blagg

Hand gestures, body language, and different words and phrases can carry hidden meanings, which could mean that your date is totally into you or that they're bored to death.

What I'm Too Ashamed And Devastated To Admit About My Split Out Loud

Samantha Darby Sollenberger | Posted 04.25.2015 | Divorce
Samantha Darby Sollenberger

This is harder because I don't know what my husband has chosen over me. Over Alice. Over our family.

Lessons From Marriage and Divorce

Susanna Sung | Posted 04.19.2015 | Divorce
Susanna Sung

I do not regret the divorce. But I do want to ensure I do not make the same mistakes again. I'll make other mistakes, but not these.