Are you divorced and planning to take your children on holiday? Top tips here…

I do a lot of work with my clients around arrangements for the children. I advise them that is in the best interests of the children for the parents to work together to create a successful co-parenting arrangement. Part of this is to reach an agreement around a parenting plan.

Hopefully as part of the parenting plan, agreement has been reached between the parents about when each of them is to have the children for holidays. This can help..

Supporting Children through Divorce

When going through divorce it is important to ensure your children are coping as well as can be expected.

I always suggest my clients seek therapeutic advice for themselves should they feel they need it during challenging times.

This is no different for the children and I am keen to ensure my clients are aware of professional services available to help their children process their feelings about the changes to their family situation.

I have had the opportunity of..

Tips For Parenting Post-Divorce

Divorce affects the whole family. Like Mum and Dad, the children require time and space to process their feelings about the divorce.

To help your children come to terms with the big changes to their family, parents need to put aside their personal feelings towards each other, and work together to parent the children. Here are my tips:

 

Discuss Differences in Parenting Styles

Children need consistency to feel loved and protected. A good routine helps provide stability. Discuss with..

Top Tips For Communicating With Your Ex About The Children

When you separate from your children’s other parent, you will need to conduct the business of raising your children, with someone you would probably rather not talk to. How do you find the strength to always “take the high road”? The answer is to always remember to put your children first and make all decisions in their best interests.

It is important to compartmentalise your emotions; put aside your personal feelings towards your ex and deal with the issue in..

What Is Divorce Like For Teenagers And Adult Children?

Many people presume that it is more difficult for younger children when their parents get divorced. This is not my experience either personally, or professionally. In my opinion, it is much more painful and complicated for older children and young adults.

Younger Children

Younger children tend to be sheltered from the emotional upset of their parents’ separation and hopefully as much as possible are protected from the “fall-out”. Young children are very resilient and if the situation is dealt..

photo of Rhiannon FordMy TalkRadio Interview About The Brangelina Divorce

on 21st September 2016 I was interviewed on TalkRadio about the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce.

Angelina made an official announcement on 20th September that she was divorcing Brad Pitt on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences“. But she was also noted as saying it was to do with “different parenting styles”.

I was asked to give my comments on how Brangelina are handling their divorce and how issues regarding children can affect the divorce. Click on the arrow..

How To Tell The Children You Are Getting A Divorce

Once you have decided to get a divorce, there will be many issues you and your partner will need to discuss when it comes to the children(read my blog Separating Parents: Planning Arrangements For The Children for a list of the main issues you will need to consider). The first very important step is to work out how you are going to tell the children Mum and Dad are getting a divorce.

Telling the children about the divorce is..

group of children walkingDivorce Myths Part 3: Children

Today’s topic for “myth-busting” is around how arrangements for the children are approached during divorce.

The law sets out that careful consideration should be given to the particular circumstances of the case and that all decisions relating to the children must be “what is in the children’s best interests”. This takes priority over the parents’ wants/wishes for the children. The children come first. 

Here is advice on the topic of children, from Amanda Phillips-Wylds, a specialist family law..

image of happy familyConscious Uncoupling: The New Way To Divorce?

On March 26th 2014, the news was littered with coverage of the announcement by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin that they have decided to divorce. But being celebs, they are not having any old divorce. Oh no, they will be “consciously uncoupling”.

All the big newspapers were covering the Paltrow/Martin announcement and discussing “conscious uncoupling”.  As a divorce consultant, I was fascinated with what at first sounded like a brand new way of conducting a divorce. I needed to learn..

christmas baubleApproaching Christmas When It’s Not Your Turn to Have The Kids

An ongoing challenge for divorced parents is that neither of you get to be with your kids 24/7.

Good parents must always realise that the fact that Mum and Dad are divorced, should not impact the relationship the kids have with each parent.

However, this can still make arrangements for special occasions complicated and stressful.

One of the most traditional types of arrangements for the festive season is for divorced parents to take it in turns to have..