Family Law


Divorce and Your Kids: 6 Tips to Help Minimize Their Stress

When parents initially approach the subject of divorce with one another, one of their first concerns is normally how the children will take it. Fortunately, children are far more resilient …

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Be the Best Divorced Parents You Can Be: 8 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting

An amicable co-parenting arrangement with your ex is not always easy, but when successfully carried out it can give your children stability and a sense of being close to both their parents.

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Back to School, Taylor Swift, and New Beginnings

This morning our nieces headed off to first (how?) and fifth (basically impossible!) grades.  Thanks to Carla, Felicia, and Jackie, Freed Marcroft now has two kindergarteners, a first grader, a second grader, an eighth grader, and a sophomore in our extended brood. Thank goodness for summer — for Kristen and me it inevitably means more time with…

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Divorce, the Kids, & the House: What on Earth is “Bird Nesting?”

“Wait, we do what?” It can sound pretty baffling at first. Here’s the scoop. The kids stay in the family home — the “nest,” get it?  The idea is that instead of children …

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Divorce and Father’s Day: Being Kind to Kids, Dads, and Moms

We have written before about how to help children (and parents!) cope with divorce during the “holiday holidays.”  Although they don’t often trigger all the same complexities related to tradition and loss, Father’s Day is  also hard for families going through (or even on the other side of) a divorce.  In families where a mom…

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Telling the Children About Divorce, and How Collaboration and Mediation May Help

One of the hardest conversations we have with divorcing parents surrounds their fears about telling the children that a marriage is over. As their lawyers, the very best advice …

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Five Things to Consider When Selecting Your Kids’ Guardians

If you have a child under the age of 18, you should formally designate a legal guardian (or co-guardians) in the event you or your children’s other parent pass away.

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Madonna’s Christmas Custody Battle & What a Connecticut Court Might Do

On Christmas, Madonna shared this photo of her and her son, Rocco, commenting “Merry Xmas to the sunshine of my life.” It is not uncommon for custody disputes to arise …

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How to Help Your Children (and Yourself!) Deal with Divorce and the Holidays

The holidays can create mixed feelings for many people, especially children still coming to terms with their parents’ divorce. For divorcing parents, the stress of the first “new normal” holidays can be immense. Being aware of and empathetic to how their child and they may be feeling can help alleviate some anxieties and ease the…

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Halloween an Opportunity for Divorcing Parents to Create the “New Normal”

Both Halloween and divorce can be scary, and then there are the ghosts.  But Halloween presents an opportunity for transitioning families to have a fun holiday in advance of the more traditional holiday season. Even seemingly innocuous holidays like Halloween can elicit and exacerbate the conflicting emotions and fears the process of divorce can create.  Halloween is the…

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