Traveling Internationally With a Minor Child

International travel can be an exciting opportunity for kids and adults to experience other cultures and new sights. However, for divorced parents traveling with a minor child, it presents some challenges too. Whether you’re thinking about a quick winter vacation getaway or going abroad for several weeks, there are special considerations. To avoid violating the…

Kids’ Top 10 Rules of Divorce

What should parents do – and avoid doing – to help their kids cope with the stressful changes of divorce? In a program called Children of Divorce and Changing Families, children ages 10 to 12 were asked to create a set of rules they wish parents would follow. According to the article If Your Kids…

How Visitation Credit Can Affect Child Support

Custody can be complex, even after arrangements have been finalized. Whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, it’s important to be aware of factors that could affect the negotiated agreement. One is the visitation credit. In Missouri, the parent who pays child support claim a visitation credit against their monthly child support…

Emotional Ex? How to Keep Calm and Set Boundaries

Like many divorced parents, you may be struggling to respond to inflammatory messages from your former spouse. Last week, I covered several ways to filter out irrelevant communications and focus instead on child-related concerns. We can’t control what others say, but we can control how we respond. That’s easier said than done, however. Getting a…

Emotional Ex? 4 Techniques to Defuse Drama

Do you have a co-parent who regularly rants? Angry texts and tearful telephone calls are upsetting, and it’s easy to feel trapped in exhausting old patterns with your former spouse. Fighting is intimate, says psychotherapist and divorce expert Kate Scharff, and that’s important to keep in mind. As she points out in her article End…

Co-Parenting? 3 Online Tools to Simplify Schedules and More

After parents’ divorce, coordinating shared custody can be a recurring source of conflict. Online co-parenting tools help prevent stressful mix-ups and misunderstandings — and help parents avoid using their children as messengers. Here are three co-parenting sites to consider. 2houses The 2houses website and app features a calendar of the custody schedule, appointments, and events.…