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Parenting and Children

Who gets the goldfish or the dog when separating?

When a relationship ends it’s often difficult for couples to decide who should keep the family pet.  We often have clients ask us if they can ‘share custody’.  Despite the love we have for our pets, under Relationship Property law pets aren’t treated the same way as children, they’re considered ‘family chattels’ and should be …

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Trusting your partner

Trusting your partner is not the same as being financially blind

Breaking up is hard to do, and it turns out a global pandemic makes it even harder. January is already known as “splitting season” in the lawyer world, because after the financial stress of Christmas, being cooped up with the family 24/7, trying and sometimes failing to have a good time, some of us simply decide …

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Clean break – the rise of divorce coaches

There’s a line in the multi-award-winning 2019 film Marriage Story where Alan Alda’s divorce lawyer says to his client, “Getting divorced with a kid is one of the hardest things to do. It’s like a death without a body.” Tell that to Kimberlee Sweeney and she’ll smile the smile of someone who’s probably said the same thing, …

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Filing for divorce spikes in the new year, but is there a better way to split?

Auckland entrepreneur Bridgette​ Jackson battled through a high-conflict divorce that cost $500,000 and five years to negotiate – the experience was so traumatic it prompted her to start a new business in divorce coaching. Jackson, a qualified lawyer with a post-graduate qualification in dispute resolution, founded Equal Exes and wants to turn the story of divorce into “the business of divorce”. SUPPLIED …

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Get a Grip On Parenting In These Challenging Times

  When: Mon 15 Jun 2020, 2:00pm–3:00pm Where: Virtual Location, Online, Virtual Restrictions: All Ages Registration Types: Registration : Free ($0.00) Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale Website: Equal Exes Listed by: bridgette3tn Bridgette Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Equal Exes and Equal Exes Online. She is an experienced entrepreneur, with many years …

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Best approach to deal with a high conflict partner/ex spouse?

When dealing with high conflict partner/ex people and situations, we might engage in aggressive, passive or assertive approaches. The latter is the most effective though it’s easy to be Aggressive if you’re being attacked by someone who might not be thinking rationally or Passive if your ex is controlling. The following describes each approach and gives tips …

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Memberships are here

I’ve got a big announcement to make about our online Membership I hope you are doing well in lockdown. I’ve got a big announcement to make about my new online membership programme. This lockdown has been such a blessing in disguise.  I know it shocked me when it first started but to be honest, the …

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How to positively & effectively co-parent during difficult times

I wanted to share these 2 informative articles with you at this difficult time, sourced from the UK as they have been dealing with the virus scenario longer than us Kiwis. Firstly an article about the legal situation in New Zealand as it relates to children in shared parenting situations during lockdown. And secondly some …

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Understanding the impact separation and divorce has on your teens

Leaving a relationship when you have children can be one of the most difficult decisions to make. Although we realise we might be in unhealthy relationships, we often stay longer than we should particularly when children are involved. We might think we’re doing the best by them if we stay but in fact, we expose …

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9 Tips For Protecting Children From Conflict During Divorce

It’s impossible to avoid conflict completely, but you can learn to control it. Here are nine useful tips for reducing the harmful effects of conflict during and after divorce. There are several things parents can do to protect their children from conflict and reduce the harmful effects of long-term conflict during and after divorce. Some …

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