Unmarried living together – very common these days! Planning for that cohabitation – less common, but probably one of the most important things you can do. Whether you end up married or not, the law in many jurisdictions provides that once you’ve been living together for a certain period, your division of assets & debts … Continue reading Planning for Living Together – Questions to Contemplate
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 … Continue reading Give Your Children The Gift of A Conflict-Free Christmas
When you’re separated, sometimes communicating with your ex can be difficult and can lead to conflict (intended or not). When I help clients develop a communication plan, it usually includes recommending that they use an app to communicate. There are tons of them out there, but my favourite is Our Family Wizard. At … Continue reading Improve Your Communication With Your Co-Parent – Our Family Wizard App
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 … Continue reading How Can We Make Extra-Curricular Activities Run Smoothly Post-Divorce?
When raising children in separated homes, there are many things to negotiate At first when parents separate, typically the first things that need to be dealt with are parenting schedules (when will children be at mom’s house and at dad’s house) and the finances (child support, bill payments, etc.). However, separated parents (referred … Continue reading The Importance of Consistency Between Mom’s House / Dad’s House
Would you consider yourself and your ex-partner (co-parent) to be high conflict? There are many ways that you can make your co-parenting experience more tolerable, for the sake of your kids: Use a Communication App – there are many apps (free and paid) by which you and your ex can communicate. The … Continue reading 4 Tips for High Conflict Divorced or Separated Co-Parents
First, I want to congratulate you for recognizing that you need to focus energy on helping your kids get through your separation and/or divorce. The other day I heard a statistic from a U.S. based study which astonished me: 45% of families going through a divorce only say a couple of remarks to … Continue reading How can I help my kids get through our divorce happy and healthy?
Link to Article June 20, 2011 – Howard H. Irving, PhD. writes about the devastation he sees amongst children of divorce when parents decide to use the adversarial system to resolve their marriage disputes. He acknowledges that the first instinct is for parents to lay blame and find fault with the other, but … Continue reading Huff Post Canada – Family Mediation: The Best Practice For Parents And Their Children When The Marriage Is Over