Category Archives: Family Law and Divorce

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

The importance of an initial consultation

    People often ask why they need to come in for an initial consultation.  They just have a question that will take “30 seconds” of my time to answer.  I often hear frustration on the other end of the phone when they are advised that they need to come in for a consultation to … Continue reading The importance of an initial consultation

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?

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?

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?

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