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Anger can be a symptom of depression

The end of a marriage is one of the most difficult and challenging experiences in life. Along with such important details as dividing the assets and creating parenting plans, the emotional component can lead to depression. While the symptoms of depression often involve sad or empty feelings, some of the 16.2 million adults in the United States who live with depression respond with anger.

Adoption and foster care agencies can make decisions based on religion

Some will remember the 2014 Supreme Court decision that expanded the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to enable for-profit corporations to deny contraceptive coverage if it is based on religious beliefs of the owners. Now that ruling has driven a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare that a federally funded Christian foster care agency in South Carolina can refuse placement with would-be parents of different non-Christian faiths.

Taking a new relationship public after divorce

The recent announcement of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos made a lot of headlines. We even discussed it on this blog. While the $137 billion estate made for interesting reading and discussion around dividing assets, the other part of the news cycle involved the fact that Jeff Bezos was already dating another woman and the National Enquirer quickly released a story about the racy texts that the two had been sharing.

Gambling addiction can lead to divorce

Gambling in of itself is not a bad practice. It can be an economic engine in a community, a form of entertainment, and a Yale University study has even found it to be stimulating to seniors. However, like so many activities, an interest in doing something can shift to become a compulsive obsession. This can lead to financial difficulty and duress upon other aspects of one’s life like marriage, career and future aspirations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visitation interference and enforcement

Determining Parenting Time and Decision-Making for minor children are some of the most challenging issues that a couple will face during the divorce process. Unfortunately, even when these issues are resolved in an agreement, they can  become problematic if one parent does not follow the terms of the parenting plan, which encompasses a parenting time schedule and allocation of decision making for major decisions affecting the children.

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