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How to Negotiate Custody and Support the Right Way

When my stepdaughter's mom served us paperwork last year to modify our custody agreement, my husband and I were shocked, angry, and scared. We're both conflict avoidant people, so the idea of going to court ...

An Open Letter to the Stepdad on Father’s Day

Thank you. A million times over, thank you. I would not be the person I am today without your influence, support, and presence in my life. You may not be my biological father, but you stepped in and have been my father by choice. This Father’s Day and ever...

The Harsh Realities of Stepparenting

My mother-in-law is a wonderful, caring, nurturing woman. She would give you the shirt off her back in a heartbeat. To boot, she's never met a stranger - can you imagine what kind of love that means for those of us in her family? Indescribable. But one day sh...

7 Ways You May Be Committing Co-Parenting Sabotage

Whether you're married, separated, estranged, divorced, broken up - whatever the relationship - the fact is, parenting is coparenting. Even if you seemingly don't agree on anything, chances are you both agree o...