A Dad's Guide To Parenting

Early in our parenting adventure, my wife told me that she privately wished I could be home at five o’clock like Larry up the street.  Larry was a cool guy, owned his own insurance agency, had a VW bus and spent a lot of time carting his kids around. I liked Larry. He was a great neighbor.


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Film Review: Nothing is Black and White in “Custody”

High conflict custody is familiar fodder for movies.  From 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer"  featuring Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman to the film “Boyhood”  that came out a few years ago, most are tame compared to "Custody"

Watching “Custody” reminded me of the days I worked for the Superior Court of Los Angeles as a child custody mediator and evaluator.  We called the public spaces around our office the 'Hall of Tears.'  This film takes viewers on a multitude of harrowing wrong turns and lost opportunities in a bitter custody battle, as a consequence of a messy divorce.  

Here are 8 takeaways...


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Shared Custody Agreements: What to Expect

Shared Custody vs. Sole Custody

When it comes to legal custody, the difference between shared custody and sole custody really comes down to who has the decision-making power. In a sole custody arrangement, one parent makes the decisions. They may (and should) take input from the other parent, but the custodial parent has the final say.

If you have any type of shared legal custody, regardless of your physical custody situation, both parents have equal decision-making power by default. So even if your ex only takes the kids every other weekend, you'll still have to agree on any big...


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Co-parenting with an Asshole – Or Someone Who Does Things Much Differently Than You

Written by it's over easy Founder & C.E.O. Laura Wasser, Esq. 


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Co-Parenting During the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful times. For children of divorced or separated parents, the holidays can be even more difficult. However, despite these challenges, divorcing or separating spouses still have the opportunity to create a happy holiday season for their children while still maintaining their own sanity. In this post, we will discuss some common custody arrangements that will help families avoid the additional stress of the court system as well as provide tips on how to make the holiday season enjoyable for everyone. (See also our other post on having a happy Halloween during a...


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