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How will you parent, post-divorce:  two methods…

Please note – there is NO judgment here – whichever parenting method/style allows a post-divorce family to adhere to a Parenting Plan and involves the least emotional turmoil for everyone – that’s the best option for that family!

  • Co-Parenting:  Both parents are able to set aside (or hide?) any negative emotions related to the other in order to communicate and to agree on how to raise the child(ren), presenting a “united front”.
  • Parallel Parenting:  Each parent decides how to define his/her individual time with the child(ren) and the rules for his/her own home — without influence or interference from the other parent.

It is generally the hope that post-divorce parents could Co-Parent their children.   If you are just now starting to think about a divorce, and would like to Co-Parent your children post-divorce, why not stack the deck in favor of your kids? 

The following article from the Huffington Post gives one person’s perspective on why, after 7 years of attempting to Co-Parent, she found Parallel Parenting

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“Kooky – or just really good co-parents.” We call them Smart…

As described in an article in The Huffington Post, September 2, 2015, a Canadian couple took a selfie of themselves as they filed for divorce.  Why?  To memorialize something they had done that they thought was quite amazing – and we agree.

While yes, it was the end of their 11-year marriage and many feel that is not something to celebrate, they were thrilled because they have tried to do something different – for their children.  Filing for divorce was actually a new beginning for them to implement a solid co-parenting plan that had been worked out ahead of time.  They have agreed as co-parents that they love their kids more than any negative feelings they might have towards each other.  So they will work to be sure the kids will never have to choose between parents, because as co-parents they will continue their separate, yet parallel lives, with a focus on what is best and most comfortable for their children.

At Tampa Friendly Divorce, we offer divorcing couples who are interested in seeking an uncontested divorce a way to “respectfully, thoughtfully, and honorably” end your marriage “in a way that will allow [you] to go forward as parenting partners for [your] children”.  The perfect way to show respect for what your marriage always WAS meant to be – Love – is to show your children you will both remain on THEIR side for their entire lives.

Tampa Friendly Divorce – do it for your child(ren).

Giving Thanks…

Thanksgiving is a time to look back on (and forward to) the people and things in life for which we are most grateful; and we at Tampa Friendly Divorce hope each of you had a wonderful and meaningful holiday.

On Thanksgiving eve of this year, TMZ reported about a “Friend-ly Divorce”.  (http://www.tmz.com/2015/11/25/marta-kauffman-divorce-friends/)  According to the article, one of the co-creators of the TV show “Friends” and her spouse filed their divorce documents and settlement agreement last Wednesday.  This means they worked out all the details of how to divide their assets, debts, etc. before filing for divorce.

While the couple in the report did not utilize Tampa Friendly Divorce to work out the details of their settlement, that is exactly the service we offer to divorcing couples here in Florida:  Pre-suit (before anyone files), pro se (no lawyers involved) divorce mediation (working out the details of the Marital Settlement Agreement and Parenting Plan) so it can be filed at the same time as the divorce documents.

In the TMZ article, the couple is reported to have had substantial assets – all of which were accounted for in the settlement.  (Best of all, they got to keep those assets, versus having to liquidate them to pay attorney’s fees and other costs of litigation.)  Moreover, while their children were old enough that parental time-sharing was not an issue, many other couples with minor children choose to go with Tampa Friendly Divorce to protect their children from the emotional turmoil often seen in traditional, attorney-driven divorces.

Tampa Friendly Divorce – Don’t litigate.  Mediate your divorce.  It’s not just for the rich and famous!

Which divorce process is best for us?

Once a couple has decided to get a divorce, the most important question becomes:  which divorce process will best meet our needs (and those of our children) moving forward ?

A great overview of three ways to move forward in seeking a divorce is provided in DivorceMagazine.com.   Here is our take on the most common divorce options:

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Tampa couples saving time, money with ‘friendly divorces’

Founded by Chris Shulman and Brenda Evans, Tampa Friendly Divorce aims to make getting a divorce as ‘easy, painless, and friendly as possible’

(PR NewsChannel) / October 16, 2015 / TAMPA, Fla.

TFD LogoIn an age where divorce is an unfortunate reality for a large segment of Americans, most people associate the process with costly attorney fees, contentious feelings and drawn out litigation. Two Tampa mediators, however, are attempting to change all that.

“Divorce doesn’t have to destroy you – or your children,” says Brenda Evans of TampaFriendlyDivorce.com. “Our goal is to give couples an opportunity to circumvent the bad that can come from filing a divorce while also making the process as easy, painless and friendly as possible.”

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