By Tom Parker, MD - Divorce, even a collaborative divorce, will bring up a lot of emotions. Here are six steps to mindfully manage the tough conversations you and your partner are having. This graphic has been used in the Gottman Institute trainings. Click here to read more.
By Mitch Cohen, Mediate.com - Divorce is often a period fraught with emotions and uncertainties. While divorce is difficult for anyone involved, parents bear a special burden. Divorcing parents face the tremendous challenge of having to go through the divorce while still continuing to co-parent their children with their soon-to-be ex. For many, co-parenting while you are going through a bitter divorce may seem unmanageable. However, by following some simple tips and committing yourself to being the best co-parent possible, you can help to ensure your children thrive during and after the divorce. Click here to read more.
By The Collaborative Family Law Association - It is obvious to parents that children have different needs at different ages. It is not always obvious to the family court that this statement applies to parenting plans. The court standard of “best interests of the child” is different for children of different ages. Click here to read more.
By Josie Cusma, LCSW - It is vital that parents realize that the parenting plan will need to be adjusted as children get older and parent circumstances change. While some might find that frustrating, I feel that openness to adjusting the plan is the beauty of the parenting plan creation process. Click here to read more.
If you don’t know where to start, a good first step is asking your spouse to review the information on this website. The next step to learn more would be a no obligation consultation with a Collaborative attorney or other Collaborative professional. If you have retained your own Collaborative Attorney he, she or they can also answer questions each of you have about the process. Click here for a helpful FAQ from King County Collaborative Law.
When the road gets rocky, what do you do?
A mentor of mine recently passed away, and I was heartbroken—so I tried my best to avoid thinking about it. I didn’t even mention it to my family because I didn’t want those sad feelings to resurface.
In other words, I took the very enlightened approach of pretend it didn’t happen—one that’s about as effective as other common responses such as get angry, push people away, blame yourself, or wallow in the pain. Read More.