Archives for: October 30th, 2015

Coparenting After Divorce: Easier Said Than Done

October 30, 2015

Co-parenting while in a healthy and successful marriage has its challenges and is certainly a difficult task. Now add in the correlates involved in many divorces (e.g. unhealthy communication patterns, anger, frustration, revenge, and living in two separate homes) and you have a situation ripe for dysfunction. Divorcing parents hear from their attorneys, judges, therapists, […]

Two Dads or Two Moms: Gay and Lesbian Parents

September 30, 2015

Gay and lesbian parents have increased exponentially as more and more homosexual individuals and couples are choosing to have children. According to Gates, et al, in 2007 more than 1 in 3 lesbians have adopted or given birth to a child while 1 in 6 gay men have fathered or adopted a child. At the […]

Common Sense – A Lecture from the Bench on Divorce and Parenting

August 31, 2015

Most divorce-related court hearings are filled with the trappings of legal rituals. Both sides present their cases. Objections are made to testimony. The judge renders a decision, which is crafted into an enforceable Order. In the end, the “losing” attorney might blame the judge. The “winning” attorney might take credit for a decision that may […]

The Special Needs Child: Divorce Considerations

August 15, 2015

Best interest of the child is a standard most often used to determine post-divorce behavior and lifestyle. Two children can be similar and yet what is best for one may not be best for another. Child custody evaluators, guardians ad litem, and ultimately judges assess the child’s needs from slightly different perspectives. Nevertheless, each strives […]

Are there Practices Standards for Parent Coordinators?

June 24, 2015

We often assist family attorneys by reviewing reports and records of mental health professionals. This helps attorneys put the findings and recommendations in perspective, make sure that proper procedures are followed, and prepare the attorneys for possible cross-examination of the professional. Family lawyers often ask us if a particular parent coordinator has exceeded their authority […]