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Ask the Expert: Do You Recommend Mediation for Divorcing Parents of a Child with Special Needs?
Many attorneys suggest mediation for parents who are divorcing. We asked H. Michael Stern, Esq., MSW, an attorney and certified mediator on Long Island, how mediation can help in a divorce, especially when a child with special needs is involved. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prevent My Child From Growing Up Too Fast During a Divorce?
After a divorce, children may worry about their parents and feel the need to take on adult responsibilities in the home. An expert offers advice on how to keep your children out of "grown-up problems" and help reduce their anxiety about the process. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Children Handle a Divorce?
A divorce lawyer offers advice on how to tell your children about a divorce, how much to involve your kids in the divorce process, keeping parent and child relationships intact, and when to seek extra help. (read the story...)

Sesame Street Releases Resources for Families Going Through Divorce
Sesame Street characters including Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby help kids understand divorce through new videos, stories, and multimedia resources in Sesame Workshop's Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce. (read the story...)

Upper West Side Clinical Psychologist Offers Relationship Counseling
Kristin Davin, Psy. D., a licensed clinical psychologist, recently relocated her practice from Pennsylvania to the Upper West Side. Her primary focus is helping couples who are going through separation or divorce, but with her nine years of experience, Davin can offer some parenting strategy advice. (read the story...)

Secrets to Successful Co-Parenting
You've heard it all before: Divorce hits the kids hardest. Parents and experts agree that kids suffer less when both parents remain active in their children's lives. Here are some tricks and tips to ensure that each family member stays sane and happy. (read the story...)

Tips from a Divorcee on Successful Co-Parenting
A local mom deals with the pangs of guilt when her kids visit their dad, from whom she is divorced, and shares what helps her get through the tough times. (read the story...)

Child Psychologist Dr. Lynne Goldstein Opens Private Practice in Westport
Seasoned clinical-school child psychologist Dr. Lynne Goldstein, a specialist in issues related to bullying and self-esteem, opened her own practice in Westport, CT, offering individual therapy, therapy for children and families experiencing divorce, psycho-educational evaluations, and therapy for gifted children and their families. (read the story...)

Goals for Personal Growth After Divorce
Divorce may be extremely painful, but it also forces a unique opportunity for personal growth. The very fact a divorce is occurring serves as a tangible indicator that something is very wrong which must be addressed. Issues may have been overlooked for years as couples settled into the comforts of marriage or other distractions of family life. The sheer jolt of divorce - being alone and adjusting to the single lifestyle - allows us to learn from mistakes, break vicious cycles, and become healthier and happier people. (read the story...)

Tips for Parents: How to Handle Awkward Birthday Party Situations
Here's help in handling the trickiest birthday party conundrums, including divorced parents; birthdays for twins and multiples, adopted children, and those that fall on holidays; and summer birthdays. (read the story...)

Wish You Were Here!: How to Keep Kids Close to Distant Relatives
When your relatives don't live right around the corner, heed our tips to help your kids stay close to them in other ways. (read the story...)

The Happy Stepmother: How to Keep Your Family Harmonious, Even During the Holidays
Rachelle Katz, a family therapist and stepmother herself, offers advice for stepmoms on how to set boundaries and keep your blended family harmonious, even during holidays. (read the story...)

New Book Promises to Transform Your Relationship
In her new book, to be released on October 12, Fight Less, Love More: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In (Rodale), couples expert Laurie Puhn explains the simple strategies that can immediately improve your communication and the quality of your relationship. A Harvard-trained lawyer and family and divorce mediator, Puhn is also a married mom and runs a private practice in couples mediation in New York City. (read the story...)

Smart Money for Single Parents
Check out these tips from finance guru Kara Stefan, single mom and author of "Head of Household: Money Management for Single Parents." (read the story...)

10 Tips for Stepfamily Sanity this Holiday Season
Wednesday Martin, Ph.D., author of "Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do," offers ten tips for stepfamilies to make this holiday season a smoother and more enjoyable one for everyone. (read the story...)

Dating with Children
Internet dating, hookups, blind dates, and the odd booty call -- how does this cornucopia of dating delights mesh with your role as a mom and caregiver to your kids? (read the story...)

Blending Families for the Holidays
The holidays can be particularly difficult for divorced or stepfamilies. Jeannette Lofas, founder of Stepfamily Foundation, Inc. in NYC, offers these tips for helping the holidays go smoothly... (read the story...)

Single Parenting : Kids in the Middle
Divorce is stressful for a family. If there are children involved, the situation is even more heartbreaking. (read the story...)

When Divorce Moves on to Dating
With divorce rates over 50 percent, chances are a parent will start dating and considering new relationships while their children are still in the home. (read the story...)

How to Keep Kids Out of Divorce Court
Say hello to the NYC Family Court Mediation Program. (read the story...)

Dealing With Divorce During The Holidays
It can be difficult for kids to cope with the divorce of their parents at any time of year, but the holidays can be especially challenging (read the story...)

Divorce Dilemma – Can I Still Qualify For A Home Loan?
Jill walked out of the lender’s office with the crash of her collapsing dream ringing in her ears. “I’m sorry, but you just don’t qualify for this home,” her loan officer had informed her. (read the story...)

After divorce...Surviving the Holidays
Divorce. I have been there and done that, along with 19 million other adults in this country. Although it has lost some of its stigma over the years, divorce hasn't lost any of its heartache. As a divorced parent, nothing is more heartbreaking than watching the impact of divorce on your children. They are usually the last to know, and the most affected. (read the story...)

The New Face of Divorce: A kindler, gentler approach (if possible)
Every other Friday evening, Sherrie*, a New York City mom, leaves work with a small suitcase. Inside are her clothes and toiletries for a weekend away. But her destination is not a country inn or a beach house, but rather the apartment in the city she used to share with her husband, Mike*, and their two children. (read the story...)




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