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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Post-Separation and Divorce Parent Education: Helping Parents Protect Their Children From the Effects of Ongoing Conflict Following Separation and Divorce

The ability to effectively co-parent is essential when going through a dissolution.  It is in the best interest of both the parties and their children for everyone to get along.  The children lead happier, successful lives when they see everyone interacting positively.  Our office often works with Dr. Sheryl Hausman and Dr. Federica Conrad.   Dr. Hausman and Dr. Conrad teach Next Step Coparenting 101 here in Marin.  Parents gain valuable information and tools to help them succeed in their new journey of shared parenting in two separate households. 
Research and our clinical experience tell us that most children experience distress for the
first year or two following parental separation. Although sadness, anxiety, anger,
resentment, confusion, loyalty conflicts, guilt, and somatic symptoms are common during
children’s adjustment to the separation of their parents, long-term outcomes for children
are more variable. Long-term outcomes for children are related to the parent’s ability to
provide protective factors for the child, such as being able to renegotiate the parental
relationship, encapsulate or shield the child from parental conflict, maintain a healthy
parent-child relationship, and engage in effective parenting. These protective factors
provided by the parent, foster a sense of safety in the child that promotes resilience and
adaptive coping over time.
To continue viewing this article written by Sheryl B. Hausman, Ph.D. and Frederica L. Conrad, Ph.D. please click below:

For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/ --

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