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...]

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...]

Relationship Wisdom from a Six-Year-Old Girl

Children understand more about what makes relationships work than adults often give them credit for. Tiana, a six-year-old girl, saw her parents argue, which bothered her a great deal, enough to talk to both of them about it. In this short … [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...]

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...]