Flexibility and generosity should always be your guiding mantra as you navigate through your shared parenting time arrangements. Human nature being what it is, your ex-spouse will be more willing to work with you instead of against you if you offer the same. For example, Spouse A has a family gathering on a Sunday a few hours from home. In order to return the kids to Spouse B in time for the … [Read more...] about BACK TO SCHOOL FLEXIBILITY AND GENEROSITY
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I love hearing during the divorce mediation process that parents both want to spend time with their children. The flip side of that is using children as a tool or leverage during the divorce process. More often such manipulations happen in the litigation setting than during mediation, but it is important to always prioritize your children's best interests. As a divorce mediator, I am lucky to … [Read more...] about No Tools Allowed
Family law varies from state to state, however, historically the US Supreme Court and other high level courts have handed down some pivotal divorce rulings. The following is the very interesting Huff Post list of top 10 divorce cases. Diemer v. Diemer, 1960, established that “refusal to have sex with one’s spouse constitutes abandonment of the marriage.” See v. See, 1966, established … [Read more...] about Top 10 Divorce Rulings
1. Start Slow–There isn’t an article out there on this subject that doesn’t begin with this cautionary admonition. When you first come on the scene with your new stepchild, your first role is to be another caring adult in his or her life. Every child can benefit from that, but it takes time for relationships to grow. Be patient. The children are probably mourning the loss of either their … [Read more...] about Tips for Being a Stepparent
PA House Bill 1639, now Act 112 will now govern all Pennsylvania custody cases commenced on or after January 24, 2011. The new law is a positive step toward quantifying the subjective decisions the court is required to make regarding child custody. For instance, the court is now required to list the factors it considered in arriving at its custody determination. In this way the parties to such … [Read more...] about House Bill 1639/Act 112 on Child Custody is a step in the right direction.