New Study Finds Seasonal Increases in Divorce

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by: Michele M. Jochner of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP The transition from the summer to fall season usually brings to mind students returning to school, the kickoff of the football matchups and the leaves changing colors.  A recent study conducted by sociologists at the University of Washington has revealed another fall seasonal occurrence: an increase in filings for divorce. This report, presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, analyzed the timing of divorce filings in Washington … Read more »

Confessions of a Part-Time Mom

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Divorce and shared custody suits me, and it suits my kids, too. I am far more able to be present knowing that, sooner or later, I get to be absent. By Lara Bazelon from the AAML Weekly Eblast I know how I am supposed to feel about my divorced-parent reality. A good mother would be devastated to lose thousands of dinner-bath-bedtime-story evenings. A good mother would be heartsick to wake up alone. Deprived of her children full time, a good … Read more »

How do you keep a family together after a divorce?

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By Samantha Shanley from the AAML Weekly Eblast For years, I was under the impression that my husband and I had cultivated the near-perfect marriage, the two of us like His and Her Majesty, presiding over an enviable life. I wasn’t the only one who saw it so plainly. “You two are in your prime!” my uncle remarked last winter, echoing what many who knew us must have been thinking, too. I grinned back at him, but inside I … Read more »

6 Summer Vacation Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents

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By Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson from the Huffington Post Divorce Co-authored by Alan Plevy, Co-founding Principal at SmolenPlevy It’s an annual rite of Spring — children are eagerly anticipating the end of the school year and the start of their summer break. The same can’t be said for a number of divorced or separated parents. Summer vacation can deteriorate into a very stressful, chaotic and combative time for parents who share custody as well as a confusing time for their … Read more »

Who Should You Tell When You’re Over Your Divorce?

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You need to let them know that you’ve moved on. Diane L. Danois, J.D., Contributor to the Huffington Post Divorce Following a lengthy process of soul-searching and decision-making about what is most important in life, a moment of enlightenment occurs for many people post-divorce: they move on. They leave behind the vitriol and acidity of the years leading up to their divorce, and they re-learn how to live independently. They find themselves. They reinvent themselves. And for many, they … Read more »

5 Great Tips for Co-parenting Through the Holidays

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Posted by coparently.com team Easter is fast approaching. With it comes all those familiar stress factors for divorced and separated families. Holidays bring home the thought of coming together as a family. It’s often thought that a successful holiday means one big, happy family enjoying the festivities together. In movies, songs, television, and any other aspect of our media and culture, we are continuously reminded that the holidays are a time for the celebration of family. So when … Read more »

10 Helpful Books About Divorce

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Learn to help your kids cope with the realities of divorce. by Laura Broadwell-Parent’s Magazine Books for Kids Sometimes reading a story about divorce can help a child make sense of his feelings and understand that he is not alone. A good book can also be a springboard for discussion between parents and kids. Here is a sampling of 10 books that may help you on your journey. Dinosaurs Divorce By Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown Dinosaur … Read more »

Starting Places for Learning About Good Divorce

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These sites help families during the tough transition of divorce and thereafter. Wendy Paris-Splitopia-Pyschology Today contributor Dear Wendy, I have kids and want to make the process of divorce as collaborative as possible with my ex. But when I try to do research online, it seems like everyone is trying to sell me something, when all I really want is some hard-and-fast information about the new, “Good Divorce.” What are some good resources for getting through a divorce? —Drowning … Read more »

10 Things Kids Of Divorce Do Not Want Parents To Do

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by Marni Feuerman, licensed Psychotherapist and contributor to The Huffington Post We don’t want to be your messenger. Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful transitions you can have in your life. It is even more challenging when you have children together. It’s difficult to keep your behavior in check sometimes to do what’s best for them. You may still have painful feelings and resentments about the breakup. You may have not been able to … Read more »

Baby Boomer Divorce

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A Baby Boomer’s Post-Divorce Musings: Lessons Learned 4 Months In by Shari Lifland from The Huffington Post Divorce If you’re over 50 and find yourself in the midst of a divorce, you’re not alone. According to a report by sociologists Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin of Bowling Green State University: “At a time when divorce rates for other age groups have stabilized or dropped, fully one out of every four people experiencing divorce in the United States is 50 … Read more »