Dear Divorce Coach: I’m am very stressed about the upcoming holidays with my ex and our young children. I feel like they’re going to be a mess and I’m just going to spend it fighting with him about everything. What can I do so that I can actually enjoy the season the way I used to?
Dear Divorce Coach: These are my first holidays post-separation and I’m trying to figure out how to go about a plan with my ex for giving gifts to our young children. Do you have any tips you can share?
Dear Divorce Coach: I’m struggling to figure out how to coparent and connect with my kids, 9 and 6, when they spend holidays with their dad. I feel isolated and it’s hard to spend a longer time away from them than usual.
Dear Divorce Coach: I am ready to end my marriage. I think we can do okay separately, financially and even when co-parenting, but he says he will fight me “tooth and nail” unless I agree to everything he thinks is fair. He says I’m the one who wants the divorce so he should be able to decide the rest.
Dear Divorce Coach: My husband and I are recent empty-nesters and as our house has emptied, I’ve realized I’m not sure I want to spend the rest of my life with him.
Dear Divorce Coach: My ex and I are in the process of finalizing our divorce and have started to tackle custody of our 3 kids (11, 9, 5)... We’d love some suggestions or advice on how to figure this out together.
Dear Divorce Coach: My spouse manages all of our finances and I’m totally in the dark. When we got married and merged our accounts, he just naturally continued to handle all of it. But as we’re getting older and more financially secure, I’m wondering should I play a more active role especially in long-term planning or is it okay for one of us to handle all of it?
Dear Divorce Coach: It’s been several months since my divorce finalized and at first, I was so busy, but as things have settled down, I’m finding I’m increasingly lonely. My house seems empty and my friends and family are busy with their own lives. Will this feeling ever pass?
Dear Divorce Coach: With Father’s Day approaching, I’m struggling to maintain a positive attitude about it with my kids. Our divorce was hard and he isn’t a very good dad either. I don’t want to encourage the kids to connect with him, but I think I’m supposed to do that, right?
Dear Divorce Coach: My wife and I are getting divorced. She definitely has a personality disorder and I just couldn’t take it anymore. We have three kids and I think they should only live with me. She takes good care of them but I don’t think she deserves to have them because she treated me so badly. The problem is that I don’t have enough money to fight for custody for very long. I can delay contributing to their college funds, though, and I think it may be worth using that money to give her what she deserves instead—punishment! Can you recommend a really aggressive lawyer to help?