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Refusal to allow the other parent to exercise parental rights.

A parent should never alienate a child from the other parent. The Act contains certain provisions that aim to prevent one parent from frustrating the exercise of responsibilities and rights by the other parent. Any parent who has care of a child and refuses to allow the other parent to exercise his/her responsibilities and rights Read More

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Mom’s jail sentence for refusing access to child

A Pretoria mother was sentenced to thirty days imprisonment, suspended for five years, for contempt of court after she denied her ex-husband access to his child, according to IOL. The sentence was suspended provided that the mother allows access to the child, in accordance made with a court agreement previously made with the child’s father. Leave the Read More

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WHEN YOU CANNOT CO-PARENT

In a good-enough divorce, exes work through feelings of anger, betrayal and loss and arrive at a place of acceptance. Frustrations over the other parent’s values and choices are contained and pushed aside, making space for the Holy Grail of post-divorce life: effective co-parenting. Co-parenting is possible only when both exes support their children’s need Read More

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WHAT IS A PARENTING PLAN?

A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their child after separation or divorce. It is widely known that children need a routine. Living in two homes, this statement becomes even more important. The parenting plan will assist your child to cope with two homes and will also assist both Read More

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How Can Children Survive Divorce When Parents Play The Limits Game?

“Daddy lets me eat in my room if I want to.” “I don’t have a curfew when I’m at Mom’s house.” “Mom doesn’t make me clear my dinner plate!” “Dad says it won’t hurt me to eat donuts for breakfast.” Do any of the above comments sound familiar to you? If so, then welcome to Read More

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How to Work with Your Ex Without Being Manipulated

Do you worry that giving in to your ex’s demands—about your custody agreement, parenting time schedules, or last-minute schedule changes—creates a cycle where those same demands will be made again and again? Instead of feeling like a doormat for your ex to tromp all over, use the following tips to work with your ex without being Read More

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What is family mediation?

If you’ve just split-up, you’re getting a divorce, or dissolving a civil partnership or you’ve been separated for a while, you might need to sort out arrangements with your ex or other family members. WHAT IS FAMILY MEDIATION? Family mediation is where an independent, professionally trained mediator helps you and your ex to work out an agreement about Read More

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Holding Your Children Emotionally Hostage

Going through a divorce, you’ll experience a hurricane of emotions. Some you may have expected, others you never thought possible. Divorce is essentially a death in your family and it affects everyone it touches, especially your children. Even in the best-case scenarios, their worlds are turned upside-down; but in some of the worst cases, the Read More

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Walk it Out to Work it Out

If you want to boost creative problem solving or get a fresh perspective, then get up from your conference room table and climb out of those comfy living room chairs. Walking is better. Years ago, I took two mediation clients on a long walk through city streets when they were very stuck and frustrated in the conference Read More

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Are you Co-Parenting? Co-Parenting Case Management

Mediation and Facilitation is the best way to resolve disputes between parents. Unfortunately, it often happens that one parent is unwilling or unable to join the mediation process. This makes it expensive and time-consuming to resolve disputes through legal action and sadly almost impossible to ensure a stable and happy environment for the children (and Read More