The Hague Child Abduction Convention is an international document which has 2 goals: (1) to secure the prompt return of children wrongfully removed to or retained in a Contracting State (a state / country that has signed onto the Convention); and (2) to ensure that the custody laws of one Contracting State are respected in … Continue reading Japan Signs on to 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention
I recently read a book called “Mom’s House Dad’s House” by Isolina Ricci. I have recommended it to many clients because it is valuable in helping to change your mindset as it relates to your divorce. It had many “a-ha” moments throughout the book, but the one that really struck me was the “Family Bill … Continue reading The Family Bill of Rights
Although the month of January is coming to a close very quickly, it still bears bringing to light the fact that January is International Child-Centered Divorce Month. It was started by Rosalind Sedacca in theUSA who wanted to bring together divorce professionals who would focus one month of the year on providing local educational events, … Continue reading January is “International Child-Centred Divorce Month”
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
Yes…Yes…Yes. I have clients come in to see me about this on a regular basis. Some clients think that they can dangle parenting time in front of the other parent as a tool to ensure that support is paid, and paid on time. Legally speaking, the two concepts – support and parenting time – are … Continue reading My kids’ dad hasn’t paid support in over 6 months – do I still have to let him see the kids?
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?
Can “sharing” and “divorcing” go together in the same sentence? As you work out your parenting plan, and determine where the kids are going to live, have you come to impasse where you truly believe that you cannot come to an agreement on who will get the kids when and for how long? You may … Continue reading Sharing Post-Divorce – For The Kids’ Sake
When I am facilitating the Parenting After Separation seminar, one of the goals of the course is to teach parents the importance of creating a detailed parenting plan for how they will parent their children post-separation and divorce. I thought I would reiterate this importance. Usually, the goal of creating a parenting plan is to … Continue reading Why is a Detailed Parenting Plan So Important?
Link to Article October 6, 2011 – Tralee Pearce reminds parents that there is a requirement for parents to co-exist after the dust settles from the divorce negotiations. If you have a nasty divorce, you will likely have a nasty co-parenting relationship for at least a few years to come. She talks about the benefits … Continue reading Globe and Mail – How Parents Can Have A Happy Thanksgiving (and existence)
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 that when … Continue reading Huff Post Canada – Family Mediation: The Best Practice For Parents And Their Children When The Marriage Is Over