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Does your spouse have a Borderline Personality Disorder?

Mental health issues are often difficult to pinpoint, particularly if you are not an expert. Nevertheless, these disorders can lead to a lot of pain, frustration and confusion for those who live, work or interact with the person. Mental health experts believe that issues like Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are characterized through different patterns of behavior or trends, which can show in every aspect of an individual's life.

While a few traits may be obvious to those around the individual with BPD, there may be up to five different symptoms. Regardless of the setting or issue, people with BPD have intense emotions, intense relations and impulsivity issues that can make them difficult to deal with or understand. This can take its toll on a marriage, sometimes irreparably damaging it.

Alternative parenting arrangements: nesting

The needs of families are as unique as the circumstances and individuals involved. Nonetheless, parenting arrangements generally fall into the format of shuttling kids between the parents’ homes. Some parents favor keeping the kids in one home during the school week and the other on weekends. Another plan splits up the time in blocks of days. Those parents who live in different states may have the kids on certain alternating holidays and summers.

One plan that has gotten a lot of attention recently is the concept of nesting or bird nesting. Instead of the children moving, the premise of nesting is to keep the kids in the family home while the parents rotate in and out at prearranged times. The parents may even share a second residence they stay in when not on parent duty.

Tips to celebrate the holidays with a newly adopted child

Most people look forward to the holiday season. Sometimes, they even start their Christmas shopping in July. But adopted families may have a layer of stress underneath all the joy and gratitude.

Parents of a newly-adopted child may feel pressure to host the best holiday season to help ease the transition for their child. Luckily, there are ways to help families navigate the winter season with additional members to their home.

Divorce and Addiction

Living with a spouse who is battling addiction can be heartbreaking. The disease may rob them of reason, compassion and relationships with loved ones, including children. This one time soul mate is now someone who cannot be trusted to go buy groceries, pick up the kids or help support the family.

According to a recent survey on drug use and health, 24.6 million Americans are involved in a marriage where one spouse has substance abuse issues. Living with someone who is fighting alcoholism, drug addiction or some other form of addiction can leave a spouse feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and conflicted. The marriage is supposed to be until death do us part, yet a spouse's destructive tendencies are a danger to the family and themselves.

Not Just your Account: Social Media Affects Kids As Well

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter -- ubiquitous social media. Fun? Sometimes. Benign? Maybe not. In the middle of ending a marriage, social media can spell disaster for you. And, more importantly, for your kids.

Ending a marriage is never easy. Support from family and friends is essential. As you reassess and reevaluate the years of your marriage, and your future, you will need to cry, grieve and vent. But, is social media the appropriate outlet for that process?

Divorce: How Do We Help The Kids?

Divorce is hard. Let’s face it, no one sets out to end their marriage. We enter it with the idea what it will last forever, but the reality is that sometimes that simply isn’t feasible. People grow apart, lives and goals change. Any divorce is difficult, but ending a marriage that has children can cause create feelings of fear, consternation and concern: How will the kids take it? Is there a right and a wrong way to tell them? Have I, as a parent, inadvertently set them up for a lifetime of sadness and loss?

University professor convicted of hiding assets is sentenced

Couples filing for divorce are obligated to provide an accurate list of all assets. This is generally the case, though some will do so more willingly than others will. Then there are those who succumb to the urge to hide bank accounts, stocks or other assets. This is never a good idea.

In September we blogged about a professor at the University of Minnesota who made national news because he attempted to falsify the amount in one retirement account and hide the existence of another one. Unfortunately for him, his wife thought the numbers were off and notified the police. This led to an investigation, charges, and a jury finding him guilty of one count of attempted theft by swindle and two counts of aggravated forgery.

Co-parenting and parenting plans during the holidays

Halloween has just passed, so the holiday season is now upon us. Divorced or separated spouses understand that it will be a time of challenging logistics as kids are shuttled between homes. Sometimes it can mean that one parent will attend extended family gatherings minus the kids. On the other hand, the parents may even choose to spend the holiday together, which can be hard if they had an acrimonious divorce.

Below are some thoughts adapted from experts on how to make this holiday experience better for all involved, particularly if the divorce was a difficult one.

Tips for avoiding distracted parenting

We get it. There is so much that needs to be done and so much to distract us from doing it. However, no parent can argue that childhood is over in the precious blink of an eye. This is particularly true for separated or divorced parents who do not see their children on a day-to-day basis.

The temptation is to check one’s device constantly – to catch up on the news, go through email, or even ignore your children in front of you while you post cute pictures from a recent play date. Really, it is part of the modern condition of media oversaturation.

Common forms of mediation

Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution that generally does not involve the courts. A form of collaborative law that cuts down on the confrontation and stress, it is known to lessen the impact divorce, custody issues or other family law matters have on the family. It also is less expensive and more private than litigation in court.

What many people are less aware of is that there is more than one form of mediation. The circumstances of each case is unique but these different mediation formats each have their own strengths that can offer the best chance to equitably resolve a dispute.

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