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?
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?
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?
By agreement between you and your former spouse, you have a right to enter into a parenting arrangement with biological kids and/or step-kids. If you and your former spouse cannot agree, you may make an application to Court to ask for time with your step-kids. If you are unmarried and the kids reside in Alberta, … Continue reading As a step-parent, do I have a right to spend time with my step-kids after divorce?
Do you have a Court Order or a Separation Agreement which sets out your parenting plan? If so, parenting coordination may be you! This is a new service which is being offered in Lloydminster. It is for parents who already have their arrangements in writing, and may need assistance to implement their plan. The idea … Continue reading What is Parenting Coordination?
What do children in the midst of their parents’ high conflict divorce want for Christmas? Ask them… they’ll tell you they want freedom from conflict – a gift that will last a lifetime. Wouldn’t that be a special gift for your children? When parents talk about how they will share holidays and special occasions, many … Continue reading Give Your Children The Gift of A Conflict-Free Christmas
You mean you still have to work with your ex on issues regarding the kids after the divorce has been finalized? Imagine that! Some clients wonder why I encourage them to choose a divorce process that will allow them to be able to (and even want to) communicate with their ex post-divorce. Extra-curricular activities often … Continue reading How Can We Make Extra-Curricular Activities Run Smoothly Post-Divorce?
This is a very tough question. For some reason, many separating couples believe that at some magical age, the children should have the right to decide which parent they will live with after separation. Certainly, I would agree that there are many instances where children should be asked to meaningfully participate in decisions being made … Continue reading How Involved Should Our Children Be in Parenting Plan Decisions?
Last month, we looked at child support; this month we will explore parenting time & responsibilities (aka child custody & access). In any parenting plan, parents must make arrangements for how they will spend time with their children, and how the decisions will be made in respect of their children. Decision-Making Responsibilities Parents may be … Continue reading 4-Part Series: Aspects of Separation & Divorce – Part 2: Parenting Time and Responsibilities