Children and Parenting

Seeing Isn’t Always Believing

March 12th, 2016

A shift in perspective can reveal the truth By Barbara Badolato, LCSW When we know someone very well, we often assume we also know the motives behind his or her actions.  This tendency to make assumptions about the cause of another’s behavior can be a roadblock to co-parenting. Consider this story by an anonymous author. […]

5 Mediation Misconceptions

December 15th, 2015

By Barbara Badolato, LCSW In my 30-plus years of mediating divorces, I have heard just about every incorrect assumption regarding mediation. A few, however, are so prevalent, that I feel it’s time to set the record straight. Following are five misconceptions I have heard frequently over the years, along with a description of how divorce […]

Ask the Mediator

September 24th, 2015

Q: My former spouse is taking our kids to services at his Lutheran church, although when we were married, we’d agreed our children would be raised Catholic. I’m furious. What are my rights, and what are his responsibilities? It’s understandable that you feel frustrated. Although you may view this as your ex-husband’s attempt to undermine the […]

Talking Turkey

November 12th, 2014

Thanksgiving often brings a cornucopia of emotions, as we’re reminded of traditions and family members we may have lost over the years. For divorcing couples and their children, the holiday can be especially bittersweet. For some, this may be their last year celebrating as a family. For others, it may be the first time experiencing […]


September 24th, 2014

  Please join DMP and behavior therapist Adam Holstein for a free workshop to inform parents about the legal, social and emotional impacts of divorce on special-needs children. Save the Date: November 6, 2014 at 7pm Please click on the flyer for details.