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  • Divorced Parents Caught in Conflict: The One Question That Can Make All the Difference

    September 27, 2017 / 0 COMMENTS /

    UpToParents has received countless questions over the past decade concerning how to handle different parenting circumstances—and, yes, conflict—during separation and divorce. Our friend and colleague, Pat Brown, has helped inform the litmus test question we suggest parents use whenever they’re facing a co-parenting dilemma: “What do we want our children to look like when they’re … Continued

  • What Makes For Huge Fights In Divorce?

    November 16, 2016 / 0 COMMENTS /

      Sometimes mediators are called on to work with parents who have been in conflict for years.  On one of those occasions for me, the conflict involved parents who had been divorced for years and were married to new partners who had also joined the fight.  The attorneys told me that the “presenting legal problem” … Continued

  • One Goes to Court with One Lawsuit and Comes Home with Two

    August 31, 2016 / 2 COMMENTS /

    Senior Judge Michael Scopelitis raised an interesting (and, unfortunately, common) problem at a bar meeting some years ago.  He explained how he had just entered another order for legal fees from one parent to the other parent’s attorney in a divorce case. What stood out, Judge Scopelitis explained, was that the dispute was over how … Continued

  • The Child Safety Zone Pledge

    July 20, 2016 / 0 COMMENTS /

    The Child Safety Zone Ask any adult to recall summers as a child, and you’ll probably hear nostalgic recollections of carefree days spent outdoors, free from the torment of tests and homework.  But for children of separation and divorce, even summers may be chilled with worry, sadness, and fear over just how their parents will … Continued

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