A Man Is Shot By His Pastor Over A Divorce Confrontation

In Detroit, Michigan, a pastor shot a member of his congregation during a Sunday service after the man attacked him. The altercation was allegedly caused over the victim’s recent divorce, which included accusations of infidelity. The incident led to the death of the church member and also unraveled a very messy case of questioned paternity and lost friendships. Read more

New Study Shows The Health Impacts Of Divorce On Family

As parenting becomes hands-off and kids grow older, a child’s problems become more complicated. A study recently released by the University of Michigan investigated how adult children affect their parents. The results of this study showed that problems like divorce can lead to the children of a separating couple to have stress-related health effects. Although this study is from the University of Michigan, its impact can be felt in West Michigan and across the country.  Read more

Why Halloween Can Be A Nightmare For Joint Custody

As Halloween approaches, parents are finalizing their children’s’ costumes and teaching them the dangers of unwrapped candy. For children with divorced parents there can be something else going on. Halloween is not merely the spookiest holiday on the calendar; it can also be a key holiday for parents who share custody of their children. Read more

How Divorce can Affect Underage Drinking

There’s not a new sheriff in town, but the current sheriff of Muskegon, Michigan is doing something new to prevent teens from drinking. The Party Patrol is a new initiative created to help lower teen drinking rates, but divorce counseling might be a more effective approach. Read more

West Michigan Woman Turned her Divorce into an Athletic Career

Completing a triathlon is a huge undertaking for anyone. It requires hard work, discipline, and perseverance. Some use training to stay fit, others do it for a love of the outdoors, but very few do it as a form of dealing with divorce. Read more

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