What Happens When Parents Disagree on COVID Vaccines?

The arguments over COVID-19 vaccines have spilled over into the realm of family law as co-parents try to determine whether or not to vaccinate their kids against the virus. In some cases, parents have even temporarily lost custody of their children over their own refusal to get vaccinated. Deciding whether to vaccinate children against COVID-19 […]

Co-Parenting Tip: Get Your Custody Schedule in Writing

Successful co-parenting does not happen by chance; it requires preparation and open communication focused on doing what is best for your children and, of course, following Court Orders. One of the most effective ways to make sure your wishes and the needs of your children are reflected in custody schedules is to begin thinking about what is […]

“My Child is Rejecting Me in the Middle of My Divorce. What Does This Mean?”

In some families, divorce may be coupled with a child having an extreme and seemingly inexplicable rejection of a parent. Your child may be experiencing parental alienation. In the abstract for a recent article in the Journal of Forensic Science, the difference between parental alienation and realistic estrangement is defined this way: Parental alienation is […]

When Co-Parents Disagree About Vaccinating Their Children

The Omicron variant is raising the stakes, again. As most are well aware, the CDC has approved, for emergency use, the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 for children ages 5-11, which means more parents are making decisions about whether to vaccinate children in this age group. Virtually every day, I hear from divorcing parents who disagree with their co-parents on […]

The Holidays Are Here: What Newly Divorced Co-Parents Need to Know

The first holiday season after divorce or separation is often the hardest. Particularly if there are children involved, divorce will affect the holiday season for all of you — including changing many holiday traditions. Changes may mean not having your children at your family’s traditional annual gathering or waking up on Christmas morning without your […]

There’s A New Law Addressing Pet Custody in New York

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed the bill on Oct. 25, 2021 and, effective immediately, the new state law now requires the court to custody in the “best interest” of the pet. Whether the Court will use many of the same factors that are utilized in determining the best interest of a child to determine […]

What do I do if my co-parent and I do not agree on vaccinating our kids?

The CDC has approved, for emergency use, the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11, which means more parents will be making decisions about vaccinating their children in this age group. Families began these conversations around their 16-year-old plus children, then younger teens, and now, the pool of those eligible has gotten considerably larger. Whether or […]

9 Considerations for You And Your Co-Parent as You Navigate Child Therapy.

Children processing a divorce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic can certainly benefit from seeing a therapist. Keep the following tips in mind. Here are some basic rules of the road for choosing and dealing with your child’s therapist: Before you enlist the help of a therapist(s), make sure your co-parent approves of the […]

Why “recoupling” can be more dramatic for your children than divorce.

Children often require time to process and adjust to the changes divorce brings into their lives. Introducing the prospect of a new relationship into the mix can be extremely challenging for children, no matter how old they are. Consider that with recoupling, there may also be new “siblings,” a new home, new routines, and of […]