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How Do Smart People Divorce?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Unwinding a relationship requires a careful undoing of emotional, physical and financial connections, and must be performed with extreme caution to achieve two intact individuals in the end.

Where Is My Home for the Holidays?

Risa Garon | Posted 12.16.2014 | Divorce
Risa Garon

Children and teens retain pictures of holidays past before the family transition--their home is symbolic of loving times, security, safety and what they have known. Everything is different now and unlike the sugar cookie recipe from generations past, there are no known ingredients for handling the holidays, especially when it is a "first" for a family in transition.

7 Tips for Surviving the Holidays With a Broken Heart

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

All the winter holidays hold one thing in common: a celebration of light. It makes sense, really. During the coldest, darkest time of year, here come the holidays, with their Diwali lamps, menorahs, and Yule logs, to set our hearts aglow. Or not.

Divorced Parents, Give The Gift Of 'No Drama' To Your Children This Holiday Season

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 12.12.2014 | Divorce
Dr. Kate Roberts

Parents need to recognize their own reactions to divorce and keep boundaries around their emotions. How parents handle being on their own during the holidays will impact how their children respond to the divorce. Don't be babies, let your children be kids -- you be grown-ups!

A Dad's Message to His Cyber-Baby and The World

Fabian Blue | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Fabian Blue

If we all teach our children from an early age a simple message of tolerance and acceptance, we could undoubtedly transform this world into a more fantastic place.

Divorcing? A Few Dos and Don'ts to Help Keep the Holidays Bright for Your Kids

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 12.02.2014 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

Here are some "dos and don'ts" to keep in mind to make sure your children remember the holidays for what they are -- a time of celebration -- rather than something they discuss in therapy 20 years from now.

Husband Says Son Misbehaves Because Wife Doesn't Punish

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Children who feel liked, cherished and enjoyed want to behave well because they naturally want to please us. When they sense tension between their parents, or have no tools for managing frustration, their behavior can take a turn for the worse.

5 Tips for Managing Parenting Time During the Holidays

Joseph E. Cordell | Posted 11.12.2014 | Divorce
Joseph E. Cordell

So long as you and your ex are able to keep your children as the priority and work to plan everything well in advance, it is entirely possible to begin new traditions with your children and avoid the stress of a bitter holiday season.

The Problem With Covenant Marriages and Fault-Based Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 11.06.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On October 30, 2014, I was contacted by a reporter, who asked if I could explain the Arkansas "covenant marriage" law to them. Among other things, if...

Is Coffee-Shop Divorce Coaching an Alternative to Couch Therapy?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Would the comfy lounge chairs and soothing smell of lattes create the kind of inviting atmosphere, where people going through the most challenges conflicts of their lives, could open up and discuss their divorce?

What Do Marathons and Divorce Have in Common?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most who have been through a divorce will tell you that it is a marathon, not a sprint. In order to get to the finish line without collapsing, it is helpful to have a coach guide you from beginning to end.

Would You Consider Trick-or-Treating With Your Spouse's Ex This Halloween?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.30.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Maybe... just maybe... doing what's in the best interests of the children means trick or treating as one giant, functionally dysfunctional, blended family full of kids, step-kids, half-brothers and sisters, stepmoms, stepdads and you and your former spouse.

The Biggest Challenge for Today's Dual-Career, Working Family? Syncing Calendars

Bethany & Daniel Henderson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Bethany & Daniel Henderson

Our full-time jobs require our presence at frequent early morning and late evening events, plus occasional weekends. All of our extended family lives a plane ride away, and paying for a nanny --- not in our budget! We get by by making significant sacrifices to our careers and our pocketbook.

Halloween Trick or Treat Tips for Parents With Kids of Divorce

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

You're now embracing your newfound life co-parenting, your children can and have a right to have a great night and create wonderful memories with their family and friends.

20 Divorce Lessons I Wish I Could Have Told My Younger Self

Dave Heiges | Posted 12.17.2014 | Divorce
Dave Heiges

The days of wine and roses may have been replaced with whines and Legos, but it certainly was an affair to remember.

The Love Hurricane That Is Becoming a Parent

John McElhenney | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
John McElhenney

Everything you might read or hear about becoming a parent pales in comparison to the life-altering moment your child gasps for their first breath, making their presence and frustrations known.

What Children Need Most When Their Parents Divorce

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

When parents go through a divorce, children’s psychological needs greatly increase as they live in the middle of an emotional (and perhaps economic)...

If You Fight In Front Of Your Kids, Here's A Warning

Posted 12.24.2014 | Dr. Phil

Can these exes get on the same page and help their son get back on track?

Actress Kelly Rutherford On Her Custody Battle

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Kelly opens up to Dr. Phil about the burden on her and the children.

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.

'I Want To Pee Like Daddy'

Jon Vaughn | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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.)

These Divorced Parents' Secret Regrets Are Utterly Heartbreaking

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.17.2014 | Divorce

It's common to feel guilty after divorce, and that guilt is increased tenfold if you're a parent. You know -- or at least are reasonably sure -- your ...

Doin' the 2-Step When Your Stepkids Are Ruining Your Marriage

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most parents will admit that their darling, little angels have, at one point or another, caused a riff in their relationship. Raising children, whether as single parents, as dual parents or as a co-parenting team of several adults, can be challenging and stressful.

5 Back to School Strategies for Divorced or Divorcing Parents

Cheryl and Joe Dillon | Posted 10.11.2014 | Divorce
Cheryl and Joe Dillon

If that's true, and your divorce began earlier in the year, it will likely be finalized by summer's end. Leading to a significant change in physical, financial and emotional circumstances for you and your children.

Spiritual Divorce: Taking a Page From Rumi and Shams

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 10.05.2014 | Divorce
Holly Lynn Payne

We all know there is no turning back. We are not going to remarry each other. We want our daughter to know that we will always love each other, and despite our fractured frame, we are still a family -- and a loving one capable of joy.