Guidelines for Families in Transition

Parental Communication

A wise old owl sat in an oak, The more he heard, the less he spoke; The less he spoke, the more he heard; Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird? —Edward Hersey Richards Ongoing and open communication is the key to successful co-parenting. While direct, face-to-face communication is ideal, it is often […]

Parenting Exchanges

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. — Dorothy Law Nolte, PHD Conflict-ridden exchanges signal that each parent is more vested in fighting with the other than caring for the child. Parenting exchanges are opportunities for a child to observe both parents at their best … or at their worst. When parents fight […]

Parenting Plans

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. — A.A. Milne The parenting plan is a document which sets forth the allocation of parental decision-making authority and a parenting time schedule. Parenting plans can be created to address difficult situations such as […]

Social Media Usage

Andy Warhol said that in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. Facebook is exactly like that except you’re not really famous and your 15 minutes goes on forever. —Craig Ferguson The line between public and private behaviors is increasingly blurred by society’s insatiable appetite for social media. According to a recent Pew […]

The Road Less Traveled – Alternatives to the Courtroom

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference —Robert Frost Resolving a divorce and child custody case in court is expensive, stressful and often unpredictable. While a judge must be “impartial” in the courtroom, no one can wholly set aside […]