When the livin’ ain’t (always) easy: Summertime child custody issues


by Stephanie Reid via Avvo

Summertime is usually period of rest, relaxation and smooth sailing. But not always. For co-parents of children subject to a court-ordered custody and visitation arrangement, the harried summer months often upend schedules and routines.

This post takes a look at typical custody issues facing co-parents in summer months, as well as possible solutions to help avoid mid-July meltdowns. Check it out:

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Parental alienation is the process, and result, of psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It occurs almost exclusively with family separation or divorce, particularly where legal action is involved. If your ex-spouse is committing this divisive act, call us to set up a consultation.

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A Co-Parenting Win

Image via 1822 Photography

Image via 1822 Photography

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This man, who still mows his ex-wife's lawn, shows how co-parenting can work to benefit the entire family.

No one enters into marriage believing they’ll one day divorce. Having children together only complicates an already excruciatingly painful time when a marriage ends. Even in the best, most amicable situations, it can be difficult to treat your ex with respect and love. But when you do, you show your kids that even though your family dynamics have changed, you will always be a family.

Click here to read more about how this family makes co-parenting work.

Are your adolescent children struggling with your divorce?

Are your adolescent children struggling with your divorce? Consider watching SPLIT, a deeply personal film that explores the effects of divorce on children. The film features twelve children aged 6-12, who explore the often frightening and always life altering separation of their parents.

Watch the trailer here:

Co-parenting Through the Holidays


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When a divorce or separation happens, the holidays may be really tough for children to cope with. As a parent, your challenge is to start new traditions. To give the children something to look forward to when the holidays come. You should focus on changing the season from a time to dwell on the past to the excitement of something new.

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How to tell your child you’re getting divorced

What you tell your children about your impending divorce should depend on their age. Photo from

What you tell your children about your impending divorce should depend on their age. Photo from

Author Rachael Sharman shares suggestions to how to communicate this change to your family dynamic according to your children's ages.

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Kids and Divorce: Ten Tough Issues


Children have an especially difficult time with divorce. Many times, parents neglect to consider the ramifications of the effects of the divorce on their children. Understanding how children will view the divorce and the resulting parental relationship is an important component to helping minimize the emotional turmoil of divorce for children.

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Top 10 tips for newly divorced moms

by Lee Brochstein via themomiverse

They say that being a parent is the toughest job in the world, but there is no job that is tougher than becoming a single parent. No one thinks when you have children that you will be raising your kids by yourself, but when you get divorced, even though you have an ex-spouse, when it is your time with the kids the responsibility lies squarely on your shoulders, and sometimes that weight can be very heavy.

Here are some tips to help make your transition into life as a newly divorced mom easier: