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A while back I read an article (‘Divorce and Autism’) decrying the one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach that the family court system takes in working with families with special needs children. I couldn’t agree more that this approach does a serious disservice to families that already have a lot to deal with and I’m impressed by how …

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Download my client handout “Telling your Children about Divorce” as a guide for talking with children about divorce. A recent study found that more than 50% of all divorcing parents never sit their children down and have a specific conversation with them about their divorce. Unfortunately, this leaves the children in the very de-stabilizing position of …

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The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates Reflecting on this quote by Socrates always inspires me to increased levels of self-examination (both personally and professionally) and consoles me when this level of introspection becomes hard work. Just last month as I was trying to balance the demands of the season with actually being …

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This video provides holiday tips for divorced parents and describes specific ways for parents to enjoy the Holidays with their children even when divorced or in the process of divorcing. These tips are taken from my previous blog post, How to Enjoy the Holiday Season for Divorced Parents. I’m Barry Davis and I’m a divorce mediator. …

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Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has decided not to participate in the U.S. Open this year because due to an ongoing custody battle with her child’s father. She is apparently concerned about traveling out of the state with the child, who is less than a year old, and has decided to stay in California …

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I often have parents ask me how much their children should be involved in decisions that impact the children during the divorce process. Of course this depends on a number of factors including the developmental age/stage of the child, their temperament, how well the parents interact, etc. A thorough analysis of these factors will help …

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