Parental alienation is behavior by one parent in a hostile co-parenting situation that causes “a child to be mentally manipulated or bullied into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, and/or the enemy, to be feared, hated, disrespected and/or avoided.” (See www.paawareness.org for more info.) Unfortunately, this damaging behavior is probably more common than most of us would expect. Parents who are on the receiving end of this type of behavior can face very difficult circumstances. Click the link above to read an article with thoughtful tips to help parents deal with parental alienation.
This is a great article advising NC couples on why they are likely to need a separation agreement, even if they think it might be unnecessary. Even if you and your (soon-to-be former) spouse expect to keep things civil and cooperative through your split, there may be important reasons to protect yourself with a separation agreement.
Click the link above to read a to-the-point article that gives smart advice about questions that you might be pondering if you are going through a divorce, especially with kids. Be sure to brainstorm and keep a list of important questions and topics that you want to review with your lawyer before your next meeting. Lawyers can’t read minds — if an issue is important to you, bring it up so that we can help you address it.
This is a really insightful article from About the Children with really smart advice about how to work with your lawyer to make things go as smoothly as possible in your case. The keys to a good, productive attorney-client relationship are respect and honesty. Making sure your attorney has all of the information he or she needs, even if it could be damaging to your case, is very important.