After the Divorce, Custody, and Timesharing Issues are Settled-Life Goes On and Ex-Etiquette is a Must...

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Relationship with ex troubles new girlfriend Ex-Etiquette for Parents DR. JANN BLACKSTONE Syndicated Columnist  Q: When a son divorces, should his family stay in contact with ex-wife? The son has a new lady in his life, and almost every member of the family is keeping in contact with his ex. They loan her money and babysit their children, plus children that are hers and not the … Read more »

Collaborative Law A New Approach to Divorce

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Collaborative Law: A New Approach to Divorce Vol. 32 No. 1 By Terri A. Lastovka Terri A. Lastovka, CPA, JD, ASA, is the principal of Valuation & Litigation Consulting, LLC, which focuses on business valuations (including dispute resolution valuations) and litigation consulting. Everybody thinks they need their day in court. But do they really? That “day in court” can be very costly, both financially and emotionally. There are alternative methods for resolving legal disputes—commonly … Read more »

Not Inviting Mom to Child's Soccer Party a Mistake

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DR. JANN BLACKSTONE-Syndicated Columnist   Q: My ex-husband has asked to have our four kids on an overnight that should be during the weekend they spend with me. I have agreed because he has done the same for me. He has told me that during this time that he and his new much-younger girlfriend are planning on hosting our 6-year-old’s soccer team party. Since we both attend the games, many of the team moms, who are my friends, have asked if I … Read more »

Me, Myself and I-

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BY LONNAE O’NEAL THE WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON — I have phantom pain where my last name used to be. I’m Lonnae O’Neal now, but I was Lonnae O’Neal Parker for more than two decades. The pain is for a body of work I produced as my three-named self: three children and hundreds of thousands of words. The pain is for a lost connection with my past. For everything I’d wanted to be as a young married woman and how that falls one name short of … Read more »

Happily Divorced

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Breaking up can be first step to a more tranquil, fulfilling life- BY HEIDI STEVENS-CHICAGO TRIBUNE I’ll never forget the loan specialist who congratulated me on my divorce. I was getting a cashier’s check from her to bring to the closing on my townhouse, and she asked why I was selling. “Moving to the suburbs?” she inquired cheerfully. Nope, I told her. Getting divorced. “Congratulations!” That was a first. From friends and acquaintances I had heard plenty of, “Oh, … Read more »

ABA Journal Highlights Successes of IAALS Out-of -Court Divorce Model

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The Honoring Families Initiative of the IAALS has achieved success in its resource center in Denver. “Families never have to enter a courtroom. If they’re successful, their divorce or separation is granted by a visiting judge in a comfortable room on the university’s campus-a feature that is more important than many people realize.” The program started small with roughly 100 families in its first year and another 100 in the 2014-15 academic year. They are working … Read more »

IAALS Honoring Families Initiative for Divorce, Separation & Parental Matters

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Bobbie Batley, in her role as an Advisory Board member of the Honoring Families Initiative of the Institute for the American Advancement of the Legal System (IAALS), just returned from meeting with the Steering Committee that is organizing a convening of national family law leaders to discuss changes needed in the system to help lawyers better serve the needs of their clients. Read more »

The Children's Grief Center Healing Hearts Luncheon

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The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, Central New Mexico’s only free grief support program for children, hosted the 9th annual Healing Hearts Luncheon & Silent Auction at Embassy Suites Hotel February 6, 2015. Sponsored by Little, Gilman-Tepper and Leigh, the event featured a silent auction, luncheon, and an opportunity to spend an afternoon remembering loved ones.   At the Children’s Grief Center, children receive support while grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one.  The … Read more »

3 Surprising Facts About Family Today by Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

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Mary T. Kelly, M.A.Psychotherapist specializing in stepfamily/stepcouple issues. Posted: 01/26/2015 6:07 pm EST Updated: 01/26/2015 6:59 pm EST Ariel Skelley via Getty Images  The world and our lives are changing at speeds never before experienced. The family, like everything else, has been doing its own kind of changing. There are three facts about today’s family that many of you may not know … Read more »