There's a lot to think about in planning your first holiday season such as Christmas with the children sharing their time between each parent's home. This blog will go through my Top 3 Tips to help you get through the first holiday season. Tip #1 - Create new traditions, or maintain some of the old ones First thing in planning for the holidays is to create a holiday parenting … [Read more...] about Part 2 – Holiday Parenting – For Newly Separated or Divorced Families
I've put together my Top 3 tips for families who are still living under one roof but who are considering separation or divorce. This can be an extremely stressful time for families especially because there's not much ability to give one another space, and the conflict level is likely very high in the household. This can be especially difficult during the holidays. Tip #1 - Keep the household … [Read more...] about Part 1 – Holiday Parenting – For Families Considering Separation or Divorce
When parents separate, we are tasked with creating a parenting plan which describes in essence how parents will co-parent into the future. One of the main topics within any parenting plan is decision-making responsibilities. Parents will typically specify either that one parent has sole decision-making responsibility, or that the parents will have joint decision-making responsibilities for the … [Read more...] about Making Decisions About Education for Separated or Divorced Families
There’s lots of information out there for couples separating in their younger years, but what about those who are divorcing later in life? There are different things that need to be considered by this population, and it’s very underserved in the divorce information market. What is grey divorce? Basically, it’s couples who are separating later in life, often after the age of 50, who have … [Read more...] about All About Grey Divorce
People often ask whether the agreements they reach in mediation are binding on them, or whether they have to do something to cause them to be binding on them. Part of the answer has to do with lawyer involvement, and the other part has to do with how binding each party wants the agreements to be. First, let’s do a primer on what mediation is. Mediation is a negotiation process for … [Read more...] about Agreements Reached in Mediation – How Binding Are They?
Another rendition of my Top Tips! Here’s my Top 3 Tips for managing Halloween for separated or divorced parents. Tip #1 – figure out how to share Halloween celebrations between parents From my experience, parents seem to have a varying amount of conflict over this particular holiday. It’s not really a “holiday”, but it’s a special day for many families, and of course for … [Read more...] about Halloween with Divorced Parents
Shared Parenting has a different meaning in Canada than in the US. In this blog we will be looking at the Canadian version of this term. What is shared parenting? In essence, it’s describing a certain allocation of parenting time between parents – it’s where each parent has at least 40% of the time with the children in a year. It used to be called “shared custody” under the old … [Read more...] about All About “Shared Parenting” Canadian-Style
There are so many myths out there about divorce, the divorce process, parenting after divorce, and more. I hear about these every day, and thought I’d take the opportunity to debunk some of these myths! Myth #1 – I need my spouse’s consent to get a divorce This is a myth In Canada, to get a divorce you need to prove to the Court that there’s been a breakdown of the … [Read more...] about Top 5 Divorce Myths Debunked