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The Price for Peace

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{3:00 minutes to read}  Often, people come to divorce mediation under an incredible amount of stress. They know that to feel better, they need to end their marriage, and having a long, drawn-out fight is only going to prolong the stress and anxiety that are negatively impacting their health. In divorce mediation, participants make informed [...]

The dynamics of the Stepmother.

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Dr. Jeanette Lofas talks about the dynamics of the stepmother.

I Do’s Across The World.

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If you haven’t noticed by now there was a surplus of weddings taking place this weekend, and the experts have quite a good idea as to why this is. As many of you know this  past Saturdays date was 08.18.18. For starters these numbers are  a palindrome. For many cultures the number eight has a very specific meaning. For some the number eight means new beginnings. In the Asian culture three (more...)

Relationship Gem Drops From Jada Pinkett Smith

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This weekend Jada Pinkett Smith took to Instagram to once again give us all a little bit of her valued relationship wisdom.
This week on what we like to call “Jada’s Jem’s,”Jada reminds us about mastering and being our best selves. She reminds us that although some of us have been victims of infidelity, she makes sure to let us know that it is not our fault. Jada encourages (more...)

5 Reasons Why A Rebound Relationship May Be Just What You Need

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Guest Post by Terry Gaspard
As a newly divorced woman with two school age children, I plunged into a rebound relationship with someone who provided solace, companionship, and emotional and sexual intimacy. Since neither one of us had healed sufficiently from our recent divorces, the relationship ended after six months.
While we weren’t ready for a commitment, my ex-boyfriend helped me overcome my challenging divorce and gave me self-confidence. This relationship helped me to get over my (more...)

Teens Taking Sides A Painful Consequence of Divorce

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By Rosalind Sedacca, CDC
I received the following question which poses many challenges related to divorce and parenting. While there is never a one-size-fits-all answer to relationship questions, I’m sharing my response with you as a perspective worth considering. This may be useful to initiate conversations with your former spouse and children or for discussion with a therapist or divorce coach if you are seeing one.
“I am divorced for a short while, after being separated (more...)

5 Steps To A Brighter Future After Divorce!

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By Rosalind Sedacca, CDC
Accepting the reality and finality of divorce can be a tough challenge. We need to be able to let go of the life we knew and prepare to face an unknown future. That can be intimidating. Here are 5 key steps to accepting your new reality with grace, peace and positive expectations for a happier life ahead, especially if you’re also a parent!
1) Focus on yourself — not on your former spouse

What Can I Do If I Am the Non-Custodial Parent and I Disagree with My Child’s Schooling?

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Although this topic was not very popular 10, 20 or 30 years ago, more and more family law attorneys are experiencing a differing of opinion when it comes to children’s schooling between ex-spouses. 
It is important to begin by defining a few terms that will help you understand how this article applies to you.
Sole physical custody refers to where the child lives most of the time with the custodial parent, and the other parent has (more...)

False Allegations In Divorce Must Stop

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The Kavanaugh allegations have put the seriousness and devastation of sexual misconduct and assault, and the importance of justice in those situations to the forefront of America and I’m glad about that. No one who has been a victim of sexual misconduct or assault should go unheard, and no one who is a perpetrator should go unpunished. All that said, the Kavanaugh situation has also put something else into the spotlight that I think is extremely meaningful (more...)

Read This If you Are Having Trouble Getting Over The Ex

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For some reason, right now I know a few different people who are recently broken up and having trouble getting over the ex. I have certainly been there, and so has every  person who has ever gone through a divorce, or been through a breakup.
When a spouse moves out or when you finally end things with someone, at first, many people feel relieved because they are now getting the space they need to figure things out, (more...)