You may think it’s hard to parent a child as a married couple. It’s even harder when you’re divorced. Differing views of child-rearing get mixed with your desire for control. You’d like to dictate how your ex-wife handles your son or daughter, but you can’t.
I can’t imagine even the thought. But some divorced couples, to maintain an appearance of family cohesiveness, take vacations together. An Associated Press article extolled the merits of exes traveling together with their kids. It mentioned that divorced celebrities, such as Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, make it a practice. So what? I say taking […]
If a court has ordered you to pay child support and you don’t, shame on you. Talk is cheap. You can say you want to be a great dad post-divorce. But your words are hollow if you don’t do the bare minimum as a divorced dad: pay child support.
My two kids hatched a plot recently. They tried to persuade me to attend a big annual Christmas party for their mom’s side of the family. Their mother and I have been divorced for almost 10 years, and it had never occurred to me to attend her family’s get-together.
Women often debate whether to take their husband’s last name upon marriage. Shouldn’t men have a right to ask for it back upon divorce? I’m serious. If a woman doesn’t want to be married to a guy anymore, why should she be allowed to keep his last name? It wasn’t hers before they married.
Sometimes my life seems difficult and complex. But then I hear about a situation like I chronicled two weeks ago. A reader wrote to me that her ex-husband has a pregnant girlfriend who is moving in with him and his 10-year-old son. The reader, the boy’s mother, is concerned.
That statement might surprise some people. Aren’t Thanksgiving and Christmas supposed to make you depressed if you’re divorced? Aren’t you supposed to miss the wonderful family times when you, your ex and your kids were together? I don’t.
Life can be complicated. Extremely complicated. That’s the feeling I got after seeing a recent reader email. A woman wrote me with a situation I’d never encountered: Her ex-husband has a pregnant girlfriend who is moving in with him and his 10-year-old son. The reader, who is the boy’s mother, isn’t happy.