Coping With Children’s Sadness During Divorce

If you have not seen the movie Inside Out, I highly recommend it. It’s not just for kids. In fact, it’s probably too complicated for kids under age 10, but it sure packs a powerful message for adults. Inside Out is an animated Disney movie that … [Read more...]

Divorce Parenting Plans That Work

More and more separated and divorced parents are opting to spend time with their children as often as possible. Managing this requires a parenting plan, part of the legal agreement (MOU) that spells out a clear, specific schedule for children as well … [Read more...]

The Top Dozen Parenting Issues in Divorce

Whether you are married or divorced, children need both parents to be active, loving, and involved in their children’s lives. You are the only and the best mom or dad your children will ever have. Now that you and your spouse are living in … [Read more...]

Creating a Good Divorce Parenting Plan for Your Children

There are no conversations more poignant or heartfelt than those in which you and the other parent discuss how you will take care of your children during and after the divorce. When your children were born, you imagined parenting with your spouse … [Read more...]

Dictionary of Divorce Terms

Divorce is a confusing process at best. Legal language and related words often have precise meanings that don't easily translate for the couple going through divorce. I developed this dictionary to help my clients and reduce their … [Read more...]

Divorce Through the Eyes of Your Child

When marriages end, couples often disagree about lots of things. They are concerned and filled with emotions and worries. The one thing that couples do agree upon is doing what is best for the children. The challenge surfaces when parents do not … [Read more...]

Finding Your Way Using Divorce Mediation

When clients begin making decisions regarding ending their marriage, they often feel as if they are entering a deep, dark woods with no path, flashlight, or map. Many express a wish that they could understand all of the things they need to discuss … [Read more...]

No Spouse, No Backup: You Need a Plan

Let’s imagine that you have successfully ended your marriage. You have a signed divorce decree, and you are settling into your new independent life. The mediated agreement you created seems fair and workable, and the children are adjusting. Before … [Read more...]

Tips for Telling Your Children Your Marriage Is Over

One of the hardest parts of divorce is figuring out how to tell your children that their parents are ending their marriage. The way it is handled has about as much impact as the news itself. Over the years of mediating divorces I have gathered … [Read more...]

Divorce and the Three-Legged Stool: Life Lessons for Children

Without a doubt, sharing the information with your children that Mom and Dad are ending their marriage ranks among the hardest conversations imaginable. No matter what the reasons are for ending your marriage, both of you hope and wish your … [Read more...]