Who Gets the Kids on Halloween?

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by Jann Blackstone-Author of Ex-Etiquette Q. In the past you have suggested that divorced parents both go trick-or-treating with their kids. I hate my ex. We have been divorced for almost five years and she’s still a selfish, obnoxious person and I don’t want to be anywhere near her. I can’t cover up my disgust and that can’t be good for my children to witness—but we did not put Halloween in the parenting plan and we can’t decide whose … Read more »

The Pros and Cons of a Co-Parenting Coordinator

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by Kathryn Dickerson and Alan Plevy-from the Huffington Post Divorce Tensions can run high when former spouses have to work together and oftentimes, divorced couples feel like they are no longer allies. Yet, when they have children, there are numerous decisions that the divorced couple needs to make together. Enter professional decision makers, also known as co-parenting coordinators. A co-parenting coordinator is a neutral third party who serves a divorced or separated couple as a decision maker and a … Read more »

13 Children's Books That Help Kids Understand Divorce

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by Samantha Darby-Romper.com-from the AAML Facebook page Books are a huge source of comfort for everybody, but especially children. I can’t tell you how many times a book has cheered my daughter up and given me and her dad a sounding board to discuss topics with her. For parents going through a divorce, children’s books that help kids understand divorce could be just the tools you need to make the change as easy as possible on … Read more »

Co-Parenting With A Narcissist

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by Susan Stiffelman -from the Huffington Post Not long ago I discussed narcissistic personality disorder with Wendy Behary, an expert in the field, for a series I was hosting on Co-Parenting Without Power Struggles. Our conversation was fascinating. People with Narcissistic Personality Disorder move through life with an exaggerated sense of self-importance, arrogance, and entitlement. They do not acknowledge the feelings and needs of others. Apologies—which would require the ability to tune in to the feelings of those around them—are … Read more »

Why Don't All Divorcing Couples Consider Alternative Divorce Options First?

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  IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to resolve conflict worldwide through the use of the Collaborative process. by Ken Schreiber-from the IACP website For the past 20+ years, we have been conducting homebuyer workshops for couples facing divorce and only recently learned of alternative divorce options such as mediation, collaboration & cooperation. It simply amazes me that all divorcing couple don’t consider Alternative … Read more »

Here are Some Great Tips for a Conflict-Free Halloween

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Are you aware that Halloween falls on a Monday…do you have a plan for your children’s trick-or treating? What does the trick-or-treat schedule look like? Who will the children be trick or treating with?  Do you know where your children will be? It’s the perfect time to plan and avoid monstrous scheduling issues. Get a head start on your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday parenting time schedules now. Your children can enjoy a stress- and drama-free holiday with both mom and … Read more »

The Importance of Time If Your Goal is a Non-Adversarial Divorce

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by Andrea Vacca-Attorney Recently, I was the mediator for a couple that was experiencing significant obstacles in reaching their divorce agreement. One of the parties was furious at the other for wanting the divorce, and he was finding it very difficult to move past his anger. Luckily there was a very powerful force working in favor of finding a resolution: Time. Because of certain events in this couple’s life (including extensive travel for work and some significant milestone events in … Read more »

Congratulations On Our 2017 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating!

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The 2017 AV Preeminent™ Rating is the highest possible qualification that Martindale-Hubbell can bestow upon an attorney and their firm. Three attorneys in our firm have achieved this distinction-Sandra Morgan Little, Jan Gilman-Tepper, and Roberta S. Batley as well as the firm itself. Martindale-Hubbell is the definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in America. For over 90 years, their Bar Register has been a unique guide to the legal community’s most eminent professionals. It includes only those … Read more »

Considering Divorce? You Need an Exit Plan!

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by Nancy Fagan-Murphy, a mediator and divorce planning specialist It might seem jaded, but getting pre-divorce advice and planning for an eventual split is a practical step to take when you know your marriage is doomed. If you’re considering leaving your spouse, you need a solid exit plan. More than fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce. And if that isn’t bad enough, women are the hardest hit as a result. In fact, most women are in a worse place financially … Read more »

9 Critical Steps Women Should Take To Prepare For Divorce

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by Jeffrey A. Landers-Financial Strategist I talk with women facing divorce on a daily basis and the emotions they are dealing with are all over the board. But there is one common thread—they all feel overwhelmed! The thought of so many changes happening so fast could make anyone want to stick their head in the sand and hide. This is the case whether she has been blindsided by her husband who just told her he “found someone new” or she … Read more »