All posts by Stephanie Dobson

How do I improve transitions for kids between two homes?

We know that toxic stress and chronic conflict negatively impacts kids’ development.  When you are separated and need to deal with facilitating a parenting schedule and exchanging kids, stress and conflict can occur especially at the point of the exchange. Here are some tips to reduce conflict during exchanges and improve kids’ experiences of transition … Continue reading How do I improve transitions for kids between two homes?

If I’m Divorced, Do I Need My Ex’s Consent to Apply for My Kids’ Passport?

Once your kids are 16 years old, they may apply for their passport without requiring their parents’ signatures.  Until that age, though, both parents’ consent are usually required – this consent comes in the form of a signature on the application form. If you have a Separation Agreement or a Court Order for “joint custody”, … Continue reading If I’m Divorced, Do I Need My Ex’s Consent to Apply for My Kids’ Passport?

How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our Divorce?

It is going to be difficult to tell your kids that their parents are divorcing. How you tell them, and how you help them deal with their emotions in the aftermath of breaking the news is very important to consider. Here are some tips on breaking the news: Show that you are unified – if … Continue reading How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our Divorce?

I want to separate from my spouse, but I can’t afford it… what do I do?

There are a number of people that seem to be in the same boat these days. The answer is not simple. If you make the decision to leave your spouse, you will likely have things that need to be resolved before you can move on with your life – that may cost some money. How … Continue reading I want to separate from my spouse, but I can’t afford it… what do I do?

If I’m divorced, who will look after my kids in the event of my death?

The laws in Alberta vs. Saskatchewan regarding guardianship of children after the passing of one parent are quite different. Some parents think that it’s automatically the other parent that will get the kids. On the other hand, some parents try to put it in their Will as to who will get their kids, and it’s … Continue reading If I’m divorced, who will look after my kids in the event of my death?

How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?

When you get divorced, your spousal relationship ends but your parental relationship will continue forever.  Once the dust settles after you have finalized your parenting plan, you will likely be required to interact with your ex because of the children more than you would have thought.  For the kids’ sake, try to be a good … Continue reading How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?

If my spouse and I still live under the same roof, can we be considered to be “separated”?

In a nutshell… yes. If you want to rely on the one-year separation period to get a divorce, you must be living “separate and apart” for that length of time. To prove this separation, you must overcome two hurdles: physical separation and the intention to bring the marriage to an end. If you are living … Continue reading If my spouse and I still live under the same roof, can we be considered to be “separated”?

When I travel alone with my kids, what documentation do I need to bring?

When you are travelling this holiday season, do yourself and your kids a favour – get a Consent to Travel form signed by the non-travelling parent in front of a Notary Public or a Commissioner for Oaths.  This is not only required for divorced/divorcing parents – it’s anytime you are travelling without the other parent … Continue reading When I travel alone with my kids, what documentation do I need to bring?