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COVID-19 & Back-To-School Season: What Happens When Parents Don’t Agree?

Top Chicago Family Attorney Says A Contingency Plan Is A Must For Co-Parents The stress and constantly changing information surrounding COVID-19 and back to school is enough to drive any parent crazy. But what happens if the parents are separated or divorced and disagree about what educational environment is best for the kids? What if

Why are Apologies Important in a Marriage?

Apologies are a key ingredient to a healthy, long-term marriage. They allow us to accept that no one is without flaws and to repair from regrettable comments and actions which are often displayed in the heat of an argument. In my marriage counseling sessions, I often ask couples, “Do you want to he right, or

5 Tips for Finance Management After Divorce

It’s no secret that going through the process of a divorce can affect you mentally, physically, and financially. As you begin to navigate your new normal, perhaps the most important thing to lock down fast is your finances. Consider the tips below on how you can manage your finances after a divorce. Update Your Accounts

Navigating Co-parenting Challenges During COVID-19

The entire world is facing numerous challenges during COVID-19, but those you encounter as a divorced co-parent may feel unique and sometimes even isolating. Parents right now are deciding how their children social distance, but what happens when you and your co-parent disagree? In the early days of the pandemic, whether or not to distance

Make Parent-Child Communication A Top Priority After Divorce

By Rosalind Sedacca, CDC It’s no secret. One of the biggest challenges a parent faces after divorce is having healthy communication with your children. All parents struggle with communication issues as their children grow. However, children who have had their lives dramatically altered by separation or divorce need even more attention. And diligent observation by

Children & Divorce: A Family Approach to Discussing Divorce

Your family is experiencing a transition. Divorce is difficult for everyone—parents, children, everyone is affected by the change. It’s new, and it can be scary. There are steps to be taken to make sure that the process is as smooth and painless as possible, and that the outcome can be good for all family members

Resolving Issues After Divorce Through Mediation

Once a divorce is over, one of the many feelings a person feels is relief that the long, difficult and emotional process is finished. However, even long after a divorce is finalized, circumstances can still come up that require you and your spouse to revisit the terms of the divorce. These issues usually arise as

5 Ways Your Belief in a Soul Mate is Holding You Back

By Lisa Arends I’ve never been one to believe in soul mates. Even when my 22-year-old self said “I do” to the man I thought was perfect for me, I didn’t perceive him as “the one.” And that idea may have saved me. Because when the man-who-wasn’t-the-one decided to leave the marriage with a text

Divorced? Badmouthing Your Ex Is Bad For Your Children

By Rosalind Sedacca, CDC We all do it from time to time. Make a sarcastic comment about our ex, criticize something they did or didn’t do, gesture or grimace our faces when referring to our former spouse. When we do it in front of, near or within hearing distance of our children, we set ourselves

Will My Marriage Survive COVID-19?

If you are asking yourself this question, you need to know you are not alone.  Our families in the United States did not ring in the new year prepared for the total upheaval our lives would take so quickly beginning as early as February 2020.  When Coronavirus arrived to disrupt our American liberties, we did

How To Be Happy Again After Divorce

Whenever you go through a difficult life situation like divorce it’s tempting to seek out short-term pleasure as a way to dull the pain. As emotions run high, quick-fix answers like drinking or one night stands can lead to a temporary amelioration of the hurt you’re experiencing, but they’ll ultimately leave you feeling empty and

Mother’s Day Reflections: 7 Lessons Learned from My Divorce

By Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW Mother’s Day is a perfect time to reflect on how my divorce changed my relationship with my daughter. When I was a young teenager, I used to make lists of the things that I would teach a daughter – if I was lucky enough to have one. Since I’m a

How to Detach and Let Go with Love

Although it’s painful to see our loved ones be self-destructive, detaching allows us to enjoy our life despite another person’s problems and behavior. Attachment and caring are normal. It’s healthy to get attached to someone we love and care about, but codependent attachment causes us pain and problems in relationships. We become overly attached—not because

7 Ways to Cultivate Love in Your Life

Most of us seek someone to love or to love us. We don’t think about cultivating self-love or realize that love originates within. You may be seeking a relationship, but research suggests that singles are actually happier than married people, with the exception of happily married people. But even that dwindles over time. A new study

Conquering Coronavirus Fears In Your Kids: 4 Things To Know And Do!

By Rosalind Sedacca, CDC Talking to your kids about the Coronavirus is certainly one of the most difficult conversations you’ll ever have. Equally significant, it’s a topic that you’ll likely be addressing for some time to come. Stop and think about it. We’re expecting our children to cope with circumstances beyond their control. Chances are