Does your ex make you “sick”! That may well be, but making your feelings clear to the child you share could make that child physically or even mentally ill, years and years later, into his adulthood.
Step-Grands: Put the Past in the Past Are you the child of a blended family who wasn’t treated so well by your stepparent during your childhood? As you grow up and have your own children, it may feel natural to lash out at that stepparent, to prevent your own children from enjoying a healthy relationship
Introducing Your Blended Family The American Psychological Association has reported that “about 40 to 60 percent of married couples in the United States divorce,” and in subsequent marriages, “the divorce rate…is even higher.” It appears that those seeking a second marriage, family, perhaps even a second chance at life, are at a higher risk of
The Fight for Grandparents’ Visitation Rights Should grandparents have visitation rights to their grandchildren? Many say they should. After all, a divorce limits both parents’ time with their shared children, and this can therefore mean that a grandparent, who once was close to her grandchildren, is denied any relationship with them at all. Many grandparents
For moms like me, the idea of 50/50 custody was too far from the norm. But there are many positives if you’re open to seeing them. Many women stay in relationships long past their expiration dates. Of course, you can always see it in someone else’s relationship. In your own relationship, well, hindsight is 20/20.
When you reach that crossroads in your marriage at which you start considering divorce as an option, doubts start creeping in. How do I tell my children? What will people think? I can’t believe this is happening. Once the final judgment of dissolution of marriage is signed by the judge, you feel you can breathe
Do you remember the movie about Joan Crawford’s life, Mommy Dearest? This is what uncontrolled anger does to people. For those of us looking in, we can see the damage it causes; but for the person experiencing it, it creates a blind rage that prevents them from seeing the bigger picture. Think about a time
When you share your child with an ex-spouse, your final judgment of dissolution of marriage is only the beginning of a new chapter in your relationship. Whether you entered into a parenting plan voluntarily or as a result of litigation, you must figure out how to make co-parenting work in the most efficient way, for
I recently received a call from someone I originally met on HARO (Help a Reporter Out). Her editor had assigned her the task of answering a series of questions about “co-parenting after the romance is over.” What are the most common reasons that adults with children are getting divorced these days, or separating, if they
I recently finished divorcing one of my clients from her husband. She is, as far I’m concerned, a lovely woman who has her children’s best interests deeply embedded in her heart. As I was her collaborative lawyer, I also happen to know her husband much better than I would have had her divorce been accomplished