What is Co-parenting?

When two parents divorce or separate, the parents divorce each other – the children will never, and can never divorce either parent. The original nuclear family structure (parents and children in one home), then moves into two homes. The emotional and physical well-being of each member of the family system impacts on the total family system. It is therefore important to assist every member of the family. Post divorce or separation, the system of co-parenting is then implemented to support the children (and parents). Children need consistency and stability while moving between the two homes. Divorce is not a war, it is a correction... Learn more

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A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their children after separation or divorce.  A parenting plan is created with input from both parents in the best interest of their children and can be made a court order. The cost to have a Parenting Plan drafted varies between R1000 to R5000 and includes registration.
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Telltale Signs You are Dealing With an Emotional Manipulator

2016-10-26 | It is precisely because emotional manipulation can be so destructive that it is important for you to recognize it in your own life. It is not as easy as you might think, because emotional manipulators are typically very skillful. They start out with subtle manipulation and raise the stakes over time, so slowly that you dont even realize it is happening. Fortunately, emotional manipulators are easy enough to spot if you know what to look for.

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What is divorce mediation?

2015-07-09 | Divorce mediation is an out-of-court dispute-resolution tool that helps people settle their differences sensibly and with the legal system having only minimal involvement. It provides a structured process that minimizes the defensiveness and friction that are normally present during spousal settlement conversations. It does this by creating a non-confrontational atmosphere that encourages the spouses to put their best foot forward when they are presenting their thoughts and concerns to one another.

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What Exactly Is “The Best Interest of the Child”?

2016-08-24 | For every need of children there is a corresponding responsibility. I suggest that a new approach, a responsibility-to-needs orientation to children’s best interests, is vital to the future well-being of children of separation and divorce. And it is the responsibility of social institutions such as the courts to support parents in the fulfillment of their parenting responsibilities to their children’s needs, and not to undermine them, which is exactly what is happening to children within the present adversarial, “winner-take-all” approach. 

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How Passive Aggression Hurts Children

2016-10-09 | For many couples, holding onto a grudge - smoldering but not letting a disagreement erupt into a fighting match - may seem like the best way to deal with a conflict. But research shows this kind of discord can significantly interfere with a child’s behavior and sense of emotional security. When exposed to prolonged unresolved conflict, kids are more likely to get into fights with their peers at school and show signs of distress, anger, and hostility. They may also have trouble sleeping at night, which can undermine their academic performance. In fact, according to various studies that measured children’s emotional responses to interparental hostility, disengagement and uncooperative discord between couples has shown to increase a child’s risk of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and aggression.

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Troubled Parent-Child Relationships and Parental Alienation

2016-09-21 | As a counselor, I believe the research and methods for treating children, adolescents, and young adults, who irrationally reject a parent, have and continue to make great strides forward. Even in light of all of our progress, we continue to have a long way to progress in treating children who are estranged and alienated from one or more family members. 

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Divorce Mediation

You do not have to spend thousands and battle in court for years to get divorced or separated. Divorce mediation is a family focussed way to get divorced. It is private (not in a public court), focussed on you and your children, includes a parenting plan and costs a fraction of the legal option.
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CoParenting SA is focused on Mediation, Education and Support. Divorce is a solution to a problem and if you understand why and have the correct information, your divorce will not cost you thousands and it will truly be the solution to a broken relationship.
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The challenge to implement the Children's Act unfortunately creates many challenges for parents and children. Please share you experiences with us. Do not mention any names of family members. Your information is posted 100% anonymously.

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The Divorce Library

The CoParenting South Africa Divorce Library is a collection of more than 304 accurate and up-to-date articles regarding all aspects of divorce or separation, co-parenting, divorce laws, blended families, parental alienation, managing an unresponsive ex and general good parenting.
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