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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ring Tones: What should you do with your marriage bands after you divorce?

Your engagement ring and/or wedding band are often the first outward symbols of commitment to your partner. But when uncoupling, dispensing of that marital bling may be the last thing you consider — and one of the hardest to reconcile. For many men and women, taking off that band is the first step towards accepting a new chapter in their lives.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

When Love Goes Wrong: Codependency Defined

For many divorcing couples, “irreconcilable differences” is the reason they give on their divorce papers. And whereas that’s technically correct, the true causes and conditions for divorce are probably much more complex. For some, a behavior called codependency may be at the heart of the problem.

Codependency is often associated with addiction, but that’s just one way this behavior comes to the fore. In fact, codependency is involved in any relationship where one party alters his or her behavior in order to try to control the other person in order to get a desired result.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Moving On: How to Let Go of Anger

Whether you’ve been disappointed, betrayed or shamed, feeling rage —or even hatred —towards your ex is a normal response. It may serve as a catharsis for pent up emotions. Or, in some cases, it may even prompt action or serve as a much-needed catalyst for change. But sometimes, getting past the anger stage of divorce becomes a hurdle. When that occurs, holding onto that aggression can become detrimental to your emotional and physical health.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Digital Divorce: Five Steps to End Your Tech Connection

When a couple splits, there’s usually a division of property, assets, and child custody. But there’s another important piece of mutual property that should be disentangled: Your digital holdings. If you’ve shared social media accounts, email addresses or mobile phone plans, you may have valuable content that could require very skillful parsing.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Starting Over: What Do You Really Need?

When you experience the loss of a loved one, it often feels that your life will never feel normal again. Divorce often feels like this, too. There is no set amount of time to get over the feelings of hurt, anger, sadness or resentment that often come along with the end of a marriage. But there are ways you can make the transition seem like less of a “time out” punishment and more of an opportunity to explore new opportunities and to focus on yourself.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sharing the Love: New Study Explores Benefits of Joint Custody

The kids are back in school, and for divorced parents who share custody, the juggling act has begun again. Shuttling children back and forth between two households can be disruptive and time consuming. It may also require interaction with your ex on a weekly or even daily basis, which, depending upon your relationship, may be stressful. But new evidence indicates joint custody may be worth the hassle when it comes to your kids’ well-being.

According to research compiled by Dr.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

On the Rebound: Look Before You Leap into a New Relationship

Starting over after the end of a marriage can be (by turns) exciting and terrifying. Depending upon your situation, you may feel thrilled about diving into the dating pool, or reluctant to dip in a toe. But how long should you wait?  Whereas there’s no definitive timeline for assessing your needs and taking time to grieve the loss of your marriage, there are ways to determine if your inclination to jump into the pool (or stay high and dry) is healthy. Consider this advice from the experts.

  1. Give It a Year.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

End of the Line for Divorce Shame

Reentry after a divorce can be a shock to the system as you learn to navigate life as a single person again. But one of the most difficult aspects of divorce can be an invisible, nagging interloper called “divorce shame”

“For the divorcing people, it is often not only sad, hurtful and scary, but the added element of shame can be debilitating,” writes therapist and authorRead more . . .

Monday, August 14, 2017

Divorced-Parent Etiquette: What To Do When Your Kid Says, “I Do”

When children are involved, many couples discover that divorce does not completely sever their relationship  — even after the kids are grown. Family events, such as birthdays, graduations and weddings, may give you cause to interact, or at least be under the same roof. Weddings, by nature, can be particularly emotionally charged events and may even stir up memories of your own failed endeavor. Fortunately, there are experts on this very topic to guide you gracefully down the aisle.

Here are three tips to keep in mind when you’re divorced, but your son or daughter is getting married:

  1. Break the ice.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Lessons in Co-Parenting: Back-to-School Post-Divorce

As quickly as it began, summer is now drawing to a close. And with the end of summer, comes the beginning of school. For divorced or divorcing couples with children, this can bring on a host of new challenges as you wrangle schedules, expenses and activities.

And if you are newly divorced, the change of seasons may be the first time your kids feel the effects of Mommy and Daddy’s breakup.

Having back to school jitters? Here are four ways to help your kids get back to school:

  1. Maintain the Rituals.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In Sickness and in Health: Can Insurance Coverage Outlast Your Vows?

You took a vow to remain united in sickness and in health, but lately that vow may be tested in a new way. For thousands of couples considering divorce, those promises may have greater meaning, depending on how Congress weighs in on our nation’s healthcare insurance. A recent article in Time magazine reported that some couples are actually delaying divorce proceedings until the outcome of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is known.

Of course, this health insurance is not a new concern to divorcees.
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