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Preparing for the Upcoming Holidays

November 6th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

Thanksgiving and the winter holidays will soon be upon us. Surviving the holiday season while going through a divorce, navigating life post-divorce, and/or co-parenting can be daunting. Here are a few tips to keep the holiday season bright.

  1. Don’t Over plan

Try to keep your holiday plans simple and low key. You will thank yourself later!

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Trick or Treat Tips for Divorced Parents

October 23rd, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

What’s the trick to making Halloween memories with your family when you’re divorced? It doesn’t have to be hard to make the holiday a treat! Remember, this holiday is about your kids, not you and your ex. Here are some tips to help keep the peace and make a happy Halloween a reality.

Plan. Always plan ahead and communicate with your ex when it comes to holidays.

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Tips for a Post-Divorce Vacation

August 17th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

Communication is key. Don’t set yourself up for conflict. Let your ex know your plans and discuss the basics before you leave for your trip. Provide them with an itinerary. If you’re traveling with your kids, make sure you talk to your ex about when and how they’d like to be contacted while you’re away. Do they expect nightly phone calls or selfies from that awesome museum exhibit?

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DECEMBER’S FOCUS: DO YOU REALLY WANT A DIVORCE?

January 3rd, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

REMEMBER, IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

Part 8: Maybe It’s Not a Marital Problem…Maybe It’s a Holiday Problem

I have spent the month of December focusing upon the not-so-uncommon malaise of the Holiday False Alarm Syndrome, which predictably rears its ugly head each year in many households. And–not unlike Shakespeare’s Richard the III’s complaint of “now is the winter of our discontent”–many couples feel like war-weary veterans,

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DECEMBER’S FOCUS: DO YOU REALLY WANT A DIVORCE

December 29th, 2016 by Marta J. Papa

REMEMBER, IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

Part 7: Maybe It’s Not a Marital Problem…Maybe It’s a Holiday Problem

Now that Christmas and Hanukkah are behind us, and New Year’s Day 2017 is fast approaching, many couples who experience annual stress-related marital holiday issues will resume breathing more deeply and much easier once again. As the well-known predictors of too many expectations and not enough sleep subside (coupled with too much food and alcohol and not enough exercise and quiet meditation/prayer time),

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DECEMBER’S FOCUS: DO YOU REALLY WANT A DIVORCE?

December 22nd, 2016 by Marta J. Papa

REMEMBER, IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

Part 6: Maybe It’s Not a Marital Problem…Maybe It’s a Holiday Problem

I have been focusing upon the (sometimes) surprising questionnaire responses I receive from couples who come to me for a divorce consultation. My last blog revealed some examples of unforeseen marital issues that had come to light in some couples’ sessions.

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