How to Help Kids Cope with a Parent’s New Romance

For many parents, divorcing and carrying out a formal parenting plan is the first time they may be spending significant time away from their children. It's heart-wrenching and takes time to adjust to. Add the complication that Mom or Dad has … [Read more...]

What Else Does Your Parenting Plan Need to Have?

One of the most important parts of a mediated agreement is the parenting plan. How will each parent stay connected and spend time with the children? In legal jargon, this is often referred to as physical custody. That label doesn't do … [Read more...]

BJ Mann Divorce Blog Index

This page organizes all of BJ's blog posts by divorce topic. It will be updated each time BJ publishes a new post. We hope it helps you find the information you are looking for. If not, please contact BJ, and she'll be glad to … [Read more...]

Divorce and Paying for College

How to pay for college (or other higher education) for the children after your divorce is a very important conversation for parents to have during the divorce. Whatever you and your ex-spouse decide to do about paying for college, your intentions … [Read more...]

Successful Joint Custody in Divorce Means No Surprises

When you and your spouse divorce, the care of your children becomes governed by the concept of legal custody. Child custody during and after divorce can be a minefield of confusion, emotions, and battles. Parents can avoid this when they set … [Read more...]

Health Insurance Options with Divorce

One of the biggest divorce issues is determining the health insurance options that are available for the family during separation and after divorce. With the passage of the nationwide Affordable Care Act, health insurance is accessible to … [Read more...]

9 Reasons to Use Divorce Mediation

Reason #1: Divorce Mediation Puts Your Children First Creating a parenting plan in mediation is a collaborative process with a common goal in mind: to do what is best for your children. A mediator can help educate both spouses in a neutral manner … [Read more...]

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...]