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An Open Letter To My Daughter's Stepmom

Candice Curry | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Candice Curry

I never wanted you here. You simply were never part of the plan. Growing up and dreaming of my family I never included you. I didn't want help from another woman to raise my child. But then you arrived. Dang your kind smile! I was planing on really hating you. I wanted to resent you but you made it impossible.

16 Things My Husband Is Usually Doing Wrong (According To Me)

Sarah Bregel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Weddings
Sarah Bregel

I love my husband dearly. I'd marry him again if I could. Sometimes I wonder how we even found each other in this crazy, mixed-up world. In fact, I'd make a list of all the things he is doing right, but it would be too long and too gushy and I'd lose my street cred.

Yes, Parenting IS the Hardest Job

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Parenting is the hardest job you'll EVER have. I repeatedly heard folks say this before I had my first child. I had no earthly idea what they meant.

Téa Leoni Opens Up About David Duchovny For The First Time Since Divorce

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 09.23.2014 | Divorce

Téa Leoni is opening up about her recent divorce from David Duchovny, and what she has to say may shock you -- in the best way possible. Rather t...

An Open Letter to the Sanfords About Divorce

Vicki Larson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Having to deal with your former husband's cheating in such a public way must have been awful, Jenny. But to still be dragging him to court five years after you filed for divorce speaks more about you now than him, quite honestly.

Tips for Navigating the School Year With Your Ex Spouse

Debbie Martinez, M.A. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Divorce
Debbie Martinez, M.A.

Navigating the school year is tough enough, but when you are divorced and trying to co-parent with an uncooperative ex spouse, your job as the primary parent gets even more difficult and stressful. Here are some tips to lessen the stress of dealing with your ex...

Divorce Lessons: 8 Critical Choices in Making a Positive Split

John McElhenney | Posted 10.05.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

Each parent is responsible to keep their own emotional upset out of the kids' lives. It's fine to let them know or see that you are working through some stuff, but your promise has to be to not work it out in their presence. Get help for yourself outside the walls of your house.

The Cadence of Co-Parenting: Staying Close Even After Divorce

John McElhenney | Posted 09.27.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

There are not fewer things to coordinate when you become a single parent, in fact there are more. The things you once traded equitably, now fall 100 percent in your lap when it is your parenting time

The 3 Things Kids Of Divorce Want Most

Honoree Corder | Posted 09.24.2014 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

Divorce is a grown-up experience that can bring us to our knees. In addition, it can hurt our kids very deeply as they have neither our years of experience, nor our understanding.

The Money After Divorce Manifesto: A Neverending Story

John McElhenney | Posted 09.10.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

Money after divorce can be a nightmare. Even when you are hurt and grieving you have to continue the painful negotiations and discussions about money. If you've got kids, you never escape the money matters meeting, but now you have to do it under duress and potentially adverse interests.

Prayer for Single Parents, and My Ex

John McElhenney | Posted 09.06.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

Communication is the key. The less we communicate... The more we communicate... It can be hard. And it is often the cause for friction in this co-parenting dance.

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 Cheat Sheet All Co-Parents Should Read

Honoree Corder | Posted 08.03.2014 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

No grown-up child of divorce ever says, "My mom complained about my dad and I took her side. It was awesome." They will tell you they felt unsure and insecure about their life. They will say they felt put in the middle.

Co-parenting Tip of the Day: Don't Give Spineless Support

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.23.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

Spineless support is when a parent deliberately leaves the tough decisions and unpopular positions to his ex, so that he can be more popular with his kid by comparison.

The Truth About How Hard Single Parenting Is

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 06.25.2014 | Divorce
Lara Lillibridge

If you are contemplating leaving your marriage, it's probably not because you are happy. Parenting when one or both of the parents are miserable is far more difficult.

My Unconventional Family Dinner

Today's Mama | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

The family dinner that's most important in our house is not the typical weeknight meal where my son, Javier, mumbles something about his day after an onslaught of questions from me. The one we treasure is the monthly meal we share with my ex-husband, Ed, who lives in another state.

Holiday Advice From A 'Broken' Family

Michelle Lamar | Posted 02.02.2014 | Divorce
Michelle Lamar

Before the divorce, my family was a like blanket that kept my children warm with its love. After the divorce, my family resembles a quilt. But a blanket and a quilt still serve the same purpose.

The Straight Dope About the Holidays: What to Expect, How to Make It to the New Year

Alison Patton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Alison Patton

Holidays are stressful in general. And so is divorce. Combining them can be the final straw that pushes some people into depression. If this is your holiday experience, get the support you need to make it through but don't be too alarmed. It's par for the course and next year's holiday season will be much easier.

Listening to the Little Man Inside, Healing Our Hearts

John McElhenney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
John McElhenney

I am not the healer. But I can see the need for that masculine energy in their lives. Even in my own son's life. I see that he misses me.

Reconnecting With Children You Left Behind

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Having grown up or cleaned up or moved past your anger or pain from the divorce, you can re-establish or create an important role in your child's life -- even many years later.

Love, Marriage and Grey Divorce Italian Style

Tara Fass | Posted 10.19.2013 | Divorce
Tara Fass

Ulysses is a contradiction. He's traditional enough to believe minors should reside primarily with their mothers and bohemian enough to want an open relationship.

5 Ways to Create a Parenting Partnership

April McCormick | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
April McCormick

If you harbor animosity about the fact that you are doing all the work, you have to decide whose fault that it. If you jump the second your child needs something, then what kind of message are you sending your parenting partner?

10 Things Co-Parents Need to Know About Parenting Coordination

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.25.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Next to the divorce itself, co-parenting is the single cause high-conflict divorcees use most to perpetuate litigious behaviors, resulting in unnecessary stress on the children, exorbitant legal fees, and a burden on an already over-extended court system.

The Cheater's Guide to Divorce

Kate Scharff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Kate Scharff

There are lots of ways to end a marriage, and they all stink. No matter how tactfully it's delivered, if the message is "I don't want to be married to you anymore" it will inflict pain.

An Interview With Deesha Philyaw of Co-Parenting 101

Magda Pecsenye | Posted 08.11.2013 | Divorce
Magda Pecsenye

Today I'm interviewing Deesha Philyaw, co-author (with her ex-husband Mike Thomas) of the book Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive In Two Households After Divorce.