Prevented from Seeing Their Mother in Grisly Custody Battle

The key to understanding the lives of the Tsimhoni’s is to throw out everything you know about custody battles. These Bloomfield Hills children have been in the middle of a highly publicized feud between their parents that hit international news circuits this summer. However, it seems that their tribulations have finally come to a close. Read more

Helping Children of Divorce

Trisha Short of Elk Rapids, Mich., knows the difficulties of being a child of divorce. Short has been working at helping children and their parents mend gaps in communication for over twenty years. Whether the parents are having issues explaining their divorce or their child is simply shutting them out, Short is one of West Michigan’s experts in the field.

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Michigan Boys Sent To Jail In Messy Divorce Case

In the midst of a five-year divorce case, three Michigan children refused to see their father for lunch, and have been sent to juvenile detention as a result.  Read more

Divorcing a Narcissist

Karyl McBride, a family therapist and author of “Will I Ever Be Free of You?” has dedicated her career to helping families with narcissists heal. She has found, through years of family therapy that, being married to a person with narcissistic personality disorder can be hard; divorcing them can prove to be even harder.  Read more

Four Ways to Co-Parent without Going Crazy

1. Go to Counseling

Keeping your communication open, mediated, and peaceful is key to making co-parenting arrangements function.  If you and your ex-spouse can afford to seek out therapy, it can only aid you in having a successful and smooth transition into your new parenting style. Working with a therapist keeps the two of you in a neutral space where you can discuss the hard parts or struggles of parenting separately. It will help you  come up with effective and consistent parenting tactics so the two of you can determine what strategies will work best for your kids. Read more

Divorced Michigan Pastor Helps Advocate for Straight Spouses

Gender Identity and Divorce

Carter Cortelyou divorced his wife of 24 years in 2009 when she came out to him as a lesbian. The couple had children, they had been seeing a relationship counselor, and when his wife finally confided in him about her sexuality, the pieces all came together. “It explained a great deal looking back,” Cortelyou says, “particularly of struggles with physical intimacy over the years of our marriage, and we both quickly realized it just explains so much.”  Read more

Questions to Ask If You Are Considering Hiring A Divorce Lawyer

Once you and your spouse have decided to pursue a divorce, you may be wondering if hiring a divorce lawyer is a good option for you. Considering these questions as you approach a Grand Rapids or Holland lawyer can help you determine if you need to hire one.  Read more

Parenting Techniques Ensure Children’s Smooth Adjustment After Divorce

Divorcing parents worry about their children’s adjustment to new living arrangements and the potential long-term effects of divorce on their well-being. Luckily, research suggests that after the initial shock of divorce, children suffer fewer negative effects if their parents are tuned into their needs.   Read more

Divorce and Retirement Plans

Since 1990, the divorce rate among people 50 and older in the US has doubled. This leaves many couples struggling to divide retirement funds, investments, and nest eggs and jeopardizes their financial future.   Read more

New Research Finds Benefits of Joint Custody

A study completed earlier in 2015 found that children of divorced families who live in two separate homes fare better than kids who only live with one parent.  Read more