I'm Divorcing: 5 Tips for Coordinating Family Vacations With Your Ex

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How to make traveling with the kids easy before and after divorce by Jennifer Brandt on ParentMap  With summer just around the corner, many families are looking forward to annual family vacations. A lot of effort and money goes into vacation planning. For divorcing or divorced parents, the possibility of a former spouse interfering with a planned vacation becomes yet another logistic to consider. Here are five tips for pleasant vacation planning. Before you sign the custody agreement: 1. Set … Read more »

"What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Divorced"

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Discover 10 important pieces of advice these women learned the hard way BY NATASHA BURTON from Woman’s Day Magazine Hindsight’s 20/20, so there’s no one better than ex-wives to tell you what to do (and not to do) if you’re going through—or just contemplating—a divorce. Here, real women share what they wish they’d known when they split from their husbands and divorce professionals weigh in on how to combat the most unexpected, yet most common, mistakes they’ve seen clients make. Read more »

8 Things Kids Of Divorce Want Parents To Know

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by Brittany Wong-The Huffington Post Divorce Parents going through divorce are constantly on the lookout for expert advice on how to raise healthy, resilient kids. But hey, the kids themselves just might have the best answers. Below, eight writers share what it was like growing up with divorced parents and the one piece of advice they want to pass on. 1. YOU HAVE NOT FAILED AS A PARENT. “This might be hard to believe especially if you’re newly divorced, … Read more »

5 Tips for Dealing with a Gopher Co-Parent

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ByMarina Edelman, LMFT- Divorce Magazine-from The Huffington Post Divorce Co-parenting after divorce is challenging enough without one parent “conveniently” appearing and disappearing as they see fit. These 5 tips will help you deal with a gopher parent without losing your temper and hurting your child in the process. Imagine a post-divorce world where the couple separates but is still able to co-parent. Sit with that wonderful image for a while…ahhhh. One parent supports the other’s rules and disciplines … Read more »

Yule Be Okay! Navigating The Holidays After A Divorce

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by Sandra Vischer-from The Huffington Post Divorce Christmas holiday stress The holidays are a time of family, friends, and traditions, however, this year it won’t be quite the same. You’ve recently gone through a divorce and will have to navigate a new holiday normal. Let’s face it, it won’t be easy. After eighteen years of marriage, I crashed head-on into divorce shortly before it was time to hang the stockings with care. I remember feeling a bit schizophrenic about … 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 »

Staying Healthy During a Separation or Divorce

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By Renee LaPoint-The Mediation Center Staying healthy while going through the process of divorce or separation is critical to you and your families moving forward in a positive manner. Being healthy involves good decision for you physically and emotionally. Even in a mediation process for divorce, there are many decisions that need to be made and life transitions that are happening for you, your spouse and your family. Change is not easy, so stacking the deck with healthy habits … Read more »

20 Things I Learned About Divorce Mediation

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Dana Westreich Hirt from The Huffington Post As a divorced mom and parent coach, one of the things I feel passionate about is helping divorced couples co-parent to the ultimate benefit of their children. So among the many things I did this summer was to take a week to focus on my own education before I hustled to launch my three young-adult children on their individual academic adventures. In short, I took the Divorce Mediation Skills Training Certificate … Read more »

Separating Kids and Finances: The Parenting Plan

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Jane Ryan Artist, writer, mother, going through a divorce-from the Huffington Post   We received good advice early on in the divorce process to separate kids and money. For us, this meant hiring a separate mediator for the custody agreement and a separate mediator for the financial settlement. The goal with separating the two agreements was that neither of us would be tempted or able to use the kids as leverage in the financial discussions. Going into our … Read more »