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
People often ask why they need to come in for an initial consultation. They just have a question that will take “30 seconds” of my time to answer. I often hear frustration on the other end of the phone when they are advised that they need to come in for a consultation to have the answer. Well, it’s important that you understand the purpose of a consultation… as I see it. #1 – … [Read more...] about The Importance of an Initial Consultation
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
I love to feature great books I’ve found to help parents to learn how to effectively transition into co-parenting from two homes. It really is a skill that’s acquired; just like learning to drive, it’s important to start out your new journey with creating an effective foundation of positive and effective skills. Here’s my favourites – they are all pictured below: Explaining divorce to … [Read more...] about My Favourite Divorce Books
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!
Amid this COVID-19 world pandemic, separated and divorced parents are still coping with trying their best to co-parent. I would be interested to know – has this pandemic crated more cooperation between you as parents or escalated matters? Be Flexible We have kids who are needing to self-isolate in one parent’s home for any given reason, and that is impacting the other parent’s time. How … [Read more...] about Divorced Co-Parenting During COVID-19
There is lots of media attention on January being “International Divorce Month” and January 8th being “International Divorce Day”, but I prefer to bring to light a different term if we are to say that January is a popular month for initiating divorce proceedings – it’s called “International Child-Centred Divorce Month” and it focuses on the importance of focusing on what every parent feels is the … [Read more...] about January is “International Child-Centred Divorce Month”
There’s a new Act coming into force on January 1, 2020 – the Family Property Act – replacing the current Matrimonial Property Act. The biggest change is that this legislation now gives unmarried separating couples in Alberta the right to automatically divide their assets and debts. This is huge – until now, these separated couples had to prove that there should be a division of assets … [Read more...] about Changes are Coming for Unmarried Separating Couples in Alberta – Jan 1, 2020