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Facebook and Divorce

Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 04:11 PM
Author: Capasso & Associates LLC

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his status to ‘married’ recently, but his social-networking website is causing a third of all divorces, a new UK survey has claimed.

According to a the survey, feuding couples are increasingly complaining about their spouse’s behavior on Facebook in divorce filings, with inappropriate messages to the opposite sex being the biggest cause for complaint.

More than 33 per cent of divorces last year listed Facebook as a contributing factor, a study of 5000 divorce petitions by UK law firm Divorce-Online found. The figure has shot up from just 20 per cent in 2009. Read More

Back to school time!

Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 04:11 PM
Author: Capasso & Associates LLC

For the primary resident parent going back to school likely means little will change in the relationship with their children.  But for a parent who does not live with their children all the time settling into a school routine can be tough.  , author of The Smart Divorce, has recently contributed an article to the Huffington Post with suggestions on how parents can maintain their involvement in their children’s lives.

Make A Family Calendar:
Hang it wherever the children will see it, to show that you care. Make your children see that their lives are important to you and that they are your priority.

On the family calendar, list:

  • Birthdates
  • School schedules
  • Other dates, such as dental appointments, dance recitals, sports games, and so on.

Establish Rules Such As The Following:

  • Each parent must order his or her own tickets for children’s events.
  • Each parent must make his or her own arrangements at school to get information. It is not up to your former spouse to do those things or provide information for you. It’s up to you to take the initiative.
  •  Don’t make your son or daughter into the man or woman of the house.
  • Don’t turn your son or daughter into your best friend and confidant.
  • Don’t fill the void in your bed by allowing your child to sleep there. If you eventually start a relationship and no longer allow your child into your bed because you are sharing it with someone else, the child could feel displaced. Read More

Talking to Your Kids About Natural Disasters, War and Violence

Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 04:10 PM
Author: Capasso & Associates LLC
As Hurricane Sandy impacts the United States Eastern Coast, parents should discuss this and other events involving natural disasters, war and violence with their children so that kids are properly educated, prepared and reassured. Scholasticrecommends keeping misinformation to a minimum — ask your child what he/she knows and answer questions sensitively.

Even if your child doesn’t sit down and watch news programs or read news articles, chances are that he/she knows and hears about major events such as Hurricane Sandy, and even some minor ones, just from commercials for the news and by word of mouth. Overheard conversations and rumors at school can lead to exaggerated and inaccurate ideas about what’s going on in the world. And natural disasters can spark an excessive fear for family safety. Listen for comments or questions about what’s going on, and begin the conversation there. If your child doesn’t bring up the topic, the best way to find out what your child knows is simply to ask. A simple, “Did you hear about X?” or “Do you know what’s going on with Y?” is a perfect way to spark a conversation. Read More