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Parenting

What if I Cannot Tolerate Being Away from My Children

            When you are considering a divorce or learn that your spouse wants a divorce, one of the most difficult aspects is dealing with knowing that your time with your children, whom you may be used to seeing and caring for daily, wil… Read More
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Meeting your child’s needs in parenting time

Setting up specific parenting time gives your children and spouse the stability and predictability that everyone needs to assure a strong relationship. Recently, some groups have advocated for 50/50 parenting time, often scheduled as one week with on… Read More
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Categories: Parenting

Children Who Refuse to Visit – Part II of II

If your child is resisting spending time with you, it may be due to your own lack of insight into why. Perhaps you have a problem with anger management and your child has experienced how your spouse feels after a blow-up or worse, has seen the blow-u… Read More
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Children Who Refuse to Visit – Part I of II

Your divorce is finally over, a parenting time schedule is in place, and now you are looking forward to building your relationship with your child in an environment that does not include your former spouse. Parenting time is going along fine: your ex… Read More
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Do Your Kids Resist Spending Parenting Time with You? Give Them Permission to Love the Other Parent

Recently, a new client complained that her 15 year old son does not want to spend time with his father. The son complains that Dad maligns Mom when they are together. Yesterday, the client forwarded an email exchange between their son and his dad whi… Read More
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Being Successful Co-Parents After Divorce

There is no one magic formula for successful co-parenting after divorce. There are guidelines that help parents. 1. Show respect for the other parent. You once loved this person enough to make at least once child together. No, the other parent is not… Read More
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Are You Good Candidates for Parallel Parenting?

There are three style of parenting after divorce. 1) Cooperative, 2) Conflicted or 3) Disengaged and Parallel parenting. Cooperative parenting is the style used by parents who have low conflict and who can communicate effectively about their child. Y… Read More
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Tips for Parenting With a Jerk

Let’s assume you have tried the suggestions contained in the earlier article about co-parenting with a jerk. Despite your best efforts, the jerk has not responded effectively. Here are some techniques that will benefit your children: Don’… Read More
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Parenting With a Jerk

Courts in Michigan prefer awarding joint legal custody of minor children. In fact, the statute requires the court to make a finding of why joint legal custody should not be granted, if either parent requests it. This is based on the research that sho… Read More
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When Your Spouse Becomes an Impaired Parent

In most cases, parents can co-parent effectively. If one parent is chemically dependent or suffers from a mental illness, much more work will fall to the the healthy parent. If the impaired parent does not address the problem, the children may be pla… Read More
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