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  • Does Nesting Help Your Children through Divorce?

    || 3-Nov-2016

    Divorce has evolved over the last couple of years. With women earning better wages and father’s looking to be involved in custody, old traditional divorce agreements have fallen by the wayside and new, creative solutions are being experimented with and implemented. Many divorced couples have tried to find stability for their children and are turning to “nesting” to provide their ...
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  • Tips for Divorced Parents During the Holidays

    || 23-Dec-2015

    As a divorced parent, you know that the holidays can be particularly tough on your children. At the same time, we at Center for Mediated Divorce understand that your children come first. It is also important to look after your needs as well, as your children will be looking to your for strength and guidance. There are many ways you can continue enjoying the holiday season while reducing conflict. ...
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  • Help Your Kids Cope with Divorce

    || 15-Sep-2015

    Divorce can be a stressful and confusing event for a child. They can even feel angry about the idea of their parents splitting up or afraid of how the divorce will change their life. As a parent, you can make the process of a divorce less painful for your children. By providing a positive and supportive environment, you can help your child cope with your divorce. Our Irvine divorce attorney shares ...
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  • Tips for Parenting Your Autistic Child

    || 26-May-2015

    Parenting can be one of the most challenging jobs, regardless of whether or not your child has more quirks than others. If you are a parent of an autistic child, you may run into unique challenges and obstacles that an average parent doesn’t. The good news is that you are not alone. Countless parents get the privilege and joy of raising an autistic child throughout the world, providing great ...
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  • Teaching Your Child Kindness

    || 18-May-2015

    While it may seem complicated and challenging to teach your children certain character traits, especially one like kindness, it is actually much simpler than you may expect. It all starts with you. The best way to help your child begin their journey towards developing their own kindness and empathy is by carrying out your own acts of goodwill. How many times have you cracked down on your child to ...
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  • The Impact Of Separation And Divorce On Children

    || 21-Oct-2014

    Children and Separation or Divorce The California Courts provide an online guide for families going through separation and divorce. The website, Families Change (http://www.familieschange.ca.gov/ provides three versions: one for parents, one for children and one for teens and pre-teens. This complements the legal information found below. Deciding how their children will be cared for and where they ...
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  • In this, the sixth and final article in the Positive Thinking series, we will deal with areas in which you can best positively impact your post-divorce life. We will assume you have read the previous articles and have taken steps to protect as many relationships as possible. In the divorce process you agreed to a financial plan, child support (and possibly spousal support), and division of assets ...
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  • Looking At Divorce From A Child's Perspective

    || 25-Feb-2014

    Often times, a couple will become so involved with their divorce proceedings that they forget that their actions affect not only themselves, but their children as well. A child’s perspective on divorce is often overlooked, even though they’re one of the primary affected parties. In order to shed light on the emotional turmoil and difficulties experienced by children of divorce, Ellen ...
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  • Bigger Families, Bigger Hearts?

    || 16-Jan-2014

    A recent study has suggested that children who come from families of four or more children are more likely to get married and stay married. Co-authors Douglas Downey, of Ohio State University, and Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, of the National Opinion Research Study at University of Chicago, interviewed nearly sixty thousand adults in their study. After their investigation, they concluded that only-children ...
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  • How Fighting Harms Children

    || 8-Nov-2013

    Fighting among parents affects children in different ways. Teenagers typically feel inclined to get involved, while younger children respond by internalizing their feelings. Often these repressed feelings manifest later in a child’s life in the form of anxiety or depression. Unfortunately, growing up among marital discord is not an atypical situation for most American children, and often the ...
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  • Put The Children First In Divorce

    || 30-Sep-2013

    The experience of going through a divorce can be emotionally trying for all members of a family. It’s typical for parents going through a divorce to get swept up in feelings of anger and resentment toward each other, often leading to negative emotional and societal impacts on their children. Consciously choosing to put the children’s needs first can work to lessen those detrimental ...
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  • Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

    || 23-Dec-2011

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 4 million divorced parents in this country, which means there are a lot of parents navigating the emotional waters of the holiday season. As a divorced parent, this time of year you are likely to face issues that include holiday custody schedules, battles over presents, new significant others, or the pain of simply being alone or apart from ...
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  • 5 Tips for Unspoiling Your Kids During Christmas

    || 16-Dec-2011

    The holiday season is in full swing, and so is the gift giving. In our last post, we discussed mindful gift giving. This week, we’re talking about how to “unspoil” your kids. The article we’re highlighting this week talks about a survey that was done by TODAY Moms and Parenting.com. They surveyed 6,000 moms online and found that 76 percent admit that it’s a season of ...
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  • Teaching Kids the True Meaning of Thanksgiving

    || 23-Nov-2011

    It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and I truly have so much to be thankful for. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in cooking the turkey, watching football, and shopping on Black Friday and forget to truly give thanks for the blessings in our lives. An attitude of gratitude is something we can give our children that will help shape them as human beings, and teaching our children to give ...
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  • Yes, it’s that time of year again! Halloween has officially kicked off the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Then Hanukkah and Christmas are close on Thanksgiving’s heels! While the holidays are usually a time of joy and family celebrations, they can be stressful and anxiety ridden for divorced parents, and especially the children of divorce, who are navigating ...
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  • Top 10 Co-Parenting Tips: Low-Conflict Divorce

    || 20-Oct-2011

    I am an enthusiastic advocate of low-conflict divorces and co-parenting, as it is always the best choice when a divorce involves children. This article gives some good basics that provide a solid foundation for co-parenting, also referred to as cooperative parenting. Parents who choose this method work together in the upbringing of their children, and don’t allow issues in their personal ...
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  • Handovers are the physical and logistical process when children leave the care of one parent for the other. It can be awkward and upsetting for both children and parents, depending on how well you are getting along with your ex. As we discussed in last week’s post, children are extremely sensitive to the stress and anxiety of their parents, so it is definitely in your children’s best ...
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  • Can Your Kids 'Catch' Your Stress?

    || 3-Oct-2011

    I came across a very interesting article and wanted to share it with you on my blog this week. The premise of the article suggests that during times of stress, when you think you are ‘hiding’ your stress and anxiety from your children, they actually have an innate way of picking up on it and it affects them greatly, both physically and emotionally. David Code, author of “Kids ...
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  • The Child-Focused Divorce

    || 17-Sep-2011

    As you all know, I am passionate about protecting children through the difficult divorce process. I really like this article written by Elizabeth Bernstein for the Wall Street Journal. It has some great tips on co-parenting, and the author herself has a great story about how her parents co-parented and put their children first during their divorce. A sidebar in the article also discusses the 5 ...
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  • Dad's Involvement Improves Child Outcomes

    || 3-Sep-2011

    Concordia University has published a new study that shows children who have fathers that take an active role in child-raising activities do better academically and have better behavior. This holds true regardless of whether the father lives with the children. While this research is not exactly a surprise to anyone, it reinforces the importance of both parents active involvement in their ...
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  • How to Talk to Your Children About Dating After Divorce

    || 12-Aug-2011

    Talking to your kids about your dating life after divorce can be an excruciating task. Awkward, embarrassing, and uncomfortable are some of the words people use to describe these conversations. In this article, Jennifer Mattern gives a fresh perspective on how she handles dating after divorce and what works for her family. In the end, she marvels about how much more her young girls teach her, than ...
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  • Another Collaborative Divorce Success Story

    || 12-Jul-2011

    A few months back I highlighted a client’s success story with collaborative divorce, his name is Tom Reddy. This time I would like to share Helen’s story. I like to highlight my client’s success stories to show you that choosing collaborative divorce DOES make a difference in your family’s lives! Please enjoy reading Helen’s story: My name is Helen and I met Judy ...
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  • For many divorcing couples, the emotional aspect of adjusting after the divorce is hard enough. Then, if you have children, it’s tough to learn how to handle those difficult situations where you have to see your ex (and maybe eventually their significant other) at your children’s important events. Inevitably there will be graduations, sporting events, weddings, etc. that you both will ...
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  • It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about divorce mediation, but I came across this great article on mediation and really wanted to share it with you in this week’s blog post. I completely agree with the author of this article, Howard H. Irving, that mediation is the best practice for divorcing couples and their families. Nasty divorce litigations can severely damage a family, ...
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  • Can You Stay Married If You Are Not Fulfilled?

    || 3-Jun-2011

    I’ve seen a lot in the press recently about “low conflict”, semi-happy but not fulfilling marriages. The statistics show that 55%-65% of these types of marriages end in divorce. This week’s highlighted article suggests that instead of divorce or remaining unhappily married, couples might try to create their own definition of a “happy marriage”. Since the ...
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