Drugs, Alcohol, and Divorce

Millions of people struggle with drug and alcohol addiction in the United States. Addiction has loads of negative effects on a person’s life. It also affects their family. So what happens when you mix drugs, alcohol, and divorce? Ben, Nikki, Susan, and Kate brought in Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience and one of NYC’s experts in Cognitive Behavioral Theory, to discuss just that in a recent livestream.Substance abuse and how it affects divorce hits close to home for Ben and Dr. Cohen. When Ben and Nikki filed for divorce, Ben was 13 years sober. Dr. Cohen was formerly married to an alcoholic whose addiction heavily affected their marriage and divorce. There is no doubt that there is a psychological element to addiction, but there are a lot of hurdles and misconceptions people wouldn’t expect when dealing with addiction. ... read more

Dating After Divorce

Making the choice to start dating again after your divorce can be tricky, emotional, and especially difficult if there are children involved. Ben, Nikki, Susan, and Kate were happy to have Bela Gandhi, dating expert and founder of the Smart Dating Academy, on their recent livestream to talk about the transition from divorce to dating.  ... read more

How to Handle the Beginning of Your Divorce the Right Way

As the country opens, a lot of experts are saying the amount of divorce rates are going to increase. We hope that is not the case, but regardless, divorce is still going to be around. The first couple of things ... read more

Men and Divorce: What’s Holding Us Back

In a recent livestream, Ben and Nikki talked to Kate Anthony and Susan Guthrie about the cultural implications of Men and Divorce. It’s no secret that men stereotypically have a harder time talking about their feelings and ... read more

The Road to Finding A Better Relationship with Your Ex

When family courts are drastically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, many are left with no choice than to find a happier and healthier approach to divorce. Ben and Nikki welcomed Susan Guthrie, Collaborative Divorce Attorney and host of read more

Co-Parenting During COVID-19

This is truly an unprecedented time in all of our lives. There is no roadmap for what COVID-19 means for families, co-parents, and those going through a divorce. But, one thing remains the same and will always remain the same ... read more

7 TV Shows That Show Positive Co-Parenting

Co-parents rejoice! Finally mainstream TV shows are showing positive co-parenting relationships more and more frequently. It’s taken a while, and a rocky parenting relationship definitely drives ratings, but co-parenting, blended families and step-parenting are becoming more than just supporting storylines. ... read more

What it Means to Eat The Frog After Your Divorce

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” Just like eating a frog, the first step toward co-parenting is often the hardest bite to swallow. But it’s worth it! ... read more

Blend by Mashonda and Why She Chose to Put Her Kids First

When Swizz Beatz married Alicia Keys, their approach to co-parenting their blended family made headlines. The couple partnered with Swizz’s first wife, Mashonda Tifrere, to provide a great example of a blended family where everyone is committed to co-parenting and doing what’s best for the kids. ... read more

Celebrating Mother’s Day After Your Divorce

Celebrating Mother’s Day after a divorce can bring up mixed emotions. At first, it can be overwhelming to celebrate Mother’s Day as a single mom. Instead of allowing these negative emotions to take over, use this day as an opportunity to check in with yourself and your kids. ... read more