Communication generally is important, but in the context of separating & divorcing families it’s even more important. It serves as the foundation of a good co-parenting relationship. It also shows the children that you and your co-parent are working together, as a united front. This is so critical to show your children, otherwise the children can and will start using the … [Read more...] about Effective Communication – A Must for Separated Parents
I’ve been using an innovative Workbook in both my legal & mediation practice called Our Family In Two Homes. Separation and Divorce can be overwhelming to many families - most people have never embarked on this process and don't know where to get started. There are 3 parts to the Workbook: Foundations of effective co-parenting – working on things like trust, communication, … [Read more...] about Our Family In Two Homes Workbook
My favourite topic! Technology! I thought I’d take an opportunity to write about how technology can be used to help separated and divorced co-parents to be more effective. First, let’s talk about co-parenting apps! I love to test out the various apps that are out there. They’re a great way to compartmentalize your communication with your co-parent. There’s tons of different ones – … [Read more...] about Using Technology to Improve your Co-Parenting Relationship
Shout out to my very favourite co-parenting apps! When I help separating & divorcing families, I find that effective communication is the key to successful co-parenting.There's an app for that!I consistently discourage email, text, or verbal communication as the primary way to communicate, as these apps are a way to compartmentalize your co-parenting.These apps are like a "filing cabinet" for … [Read more...] about My Fav Co-Parenting Apps!
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 / spousal support obligations / entitlements on separation or death … [Read more...] about 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 occasions, many parents express that they simply want to “share holidays by mutual … [Read more...] about 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 it’s core are the shared calendaring and the messaging … [Read more...] about 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 activities often consume a great deal of your kids’ out-of-school time. … [Read more...] about How Can We Make Extra-Curricular Activities Run Smoothly Post-Divorce?