11 Essentials to Include in your Parenting Plan

Will you need a parenting plan as a guideline to follow as your children grow up?   If you are like I was, you’ve never put together a parenting plan and the ones the courts typically pass out are so vague and basic that you could drive a truck through them. Many sample plans leave many […]

Divorce Storage Wars

  Bitty Baby sat in a cardboard box near the trash dumpster of the storage unit building as fresh snowflakes cascaded on top of her newborn baby head. Several of her fancy holiday outfits from the American Girl Doll Collection surrounded her- still appearing pristine on their bitty-sized doll wardrobe hangers. As I reached into […]

Budgeting Strategies and Divorce: How to Lighten the Burden

For a lot of us, raising kids as a single parent is a financial strain. It always feels as if you don’t have quite enough money, and it’s a juggling act just to get everything covered. Food, clothing and shelter is a necessity, but what about the unexpected? School field trips, music lessons and new […]

Parenting Plans that Lead to Less Conflicts Later On

  Are you trying to navigate through the challenges of both divorce and starting to co-parent the kids? If you are going through a divorce that includes children, it’s essential to put together a Parenting Plan that both meets your children’s specific needs and that does not end up leading to on-going conflicts with your children’s […]

Who Gets the Family Dog during Divorce?

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”                        — Roger Caras Do you refer to your devoted dog as if he or she is a highly adored member of the family? If so, you may be surprised to learn that […]

Great Divide: 6 Divorce Trends of Today (infographic)

“First comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes… divorce? Well, not always! In fact, much less than you may think. Since 1981 divorce rates have been decreasing, at about the same rate as marriage. In recent times, many couples are deciding to cohabitate and raise a family without being formally married. Perhaps, this is […]

How to Deal with your Ex at your Children’s Special Events

Does the very thought of seeing your ex at your child’s special events make you so angry you’d rather show up for an IRS audit? Birthdays, graduations, getting your child situated in their college dorm, weddings…regardless of how long you have been separated or divorced, each of these special events can cause you to experience […]

3 Co-Parenting Mistakes to Avoid when you’re Angry

When it comes to co-parenting with your ex, are you experiencing the same type of conflicts over and over again? Although many co-parenting books and parenting plans focus on how to deal with your children’s pick-up and drop-off times, school conferences and holiday breaks, these parenting guides rarely address the underlying dynamics about what really […]

5 Ways to Help your Children through Divorce

The decision to divorce may be based on many things. Certainly, one of those things is your feelings for your spouse, but the feelings of your children during divorce are going to be a factor as well. Sometimes, when you are fighting with your spouse, you become focused on your feelings and your feelings only. […]

5 Steps for a Parenting Plan with Fewer Conflicts

If you are facing a divorce that involves children, it’s essential to put together a Parenting Plan that both meets your children’s needs and also does not end up causing too many unnecessary and repetitive conflicts. Without one, you may find yourself in the kind of frequent arguments with your soon-to-be ex that makes you […]