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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 ...

Lessons Learned When I Embraced my Role as Second Wife

Coming into my role as a second wife to the love of my life was no easy feat. It's as if everywhere I turned there was another reminder of his former life, of the woman he loved before me. It was inescapable, perpetual torture. I wanted to surprise his mom a...

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 o...

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 on putting your child(ren) first. Successful co-pa...