All posts by Chantelle Lefebvre

Sesame Street and Divorce

  Yes, you read that title correctly.  Sesame Street and Divorce in the same sentence.  I’m not referring to an adult version of Sesame Street where Bert and Ernie separate and divide property, etc.  Instead, I’m talking about resources created by Sesame Street to help children of separating parents.  Parents frequently tell me they don’t … Continue reading Sesame Street and Divorce

‘Pathogenic Parenting’ – What is it?

    If you hang around courtrooms or like to read about the latest in mental health and parenting, you may have heard the term ‘pathogenic parenting’.  But what does it mean?  You’ve likely heard the term ‘parental alienation’ which refers to the situation where one parent alienates (or negatively influences) the child towards the … Continue reading ‘Pathogenic Parenting’ – What is it?

I Have to Go to Court and Don’t Know What to Expect

    Do you have any upcoming court date?  If so, you may be experiencing some anxiety because you don’t know what to say or do, or how to conduct yourself in court.  If you have a lawyer, it will be your lawyer’s job to speak to the judge and present your case (this applies … Continue reading I Have to Go to Court and Don’t Know What to Expect

When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?

The issue of where a child should live following a divorce or separation is a common one.  Parents constantly tell me that their child is telling them which parent they want to live with.  The question often becomes how to ensure that the child’s voice is heard and given proper attention, without allowing them to … Continue reading When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?

Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces

Divorce and separation can be a very stressful time for parents, and for children.  It is normal for children to feel grief over the loss of the family unit – this can be exacerbated when there is a high level of parental conflict. In situations of extreme conflict, children can suffer a variety of negative … Continue reading Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces

The Child’s Voice in Legal Proceedings – Part 2

In the last issue, we discussed the importance of including a child’s voice in custody and access disputes.  In this issue, we will discuss some of the potential ways that this can occur. Generally, a judge will not allow a child to testify in court or to swear an affidavit, however, there is technically no … Continue reading The Child’s Voice in Legal Proceedings – Part 2