After many years or working with all types of parents - de facto, separated, divorced, married, and same-sex - I have some insight into the challenges of raising your kids to be happy and healthy. Of all the parents I've worked with, I have a special appreciation for single mums because I know it can be especially challenging to raise a child on … [Read more...] about How to Maintain Your Mental Wellness as a Single Mum
Most of us have been there before: you meet someone you have great chemistry with and they feel the exact same thing. Your connection is ‘electric’. You get to know each other some more, realise that there's no one else both of you would rather be with, and you enter into a relationship that brings you years of affection, laughter, fights, … [Read more...] about Relationship Pain: How Therapy Can Help You Heal
What are your relationship dealbreakers? When you’re asked about what you’re looking for in a relationship, you probably tend to list the qualities you’re looking for instead of the traits you’re hoping to avoid. While it’s good to pay attention to common dealmakers, dealbreakers should garner the same interest as well. If you’re looking for … [Read more...] about Relationship Dealbreakers: Study Reveals the Most Common
Is marriage counselling really worth it? If you’re thinking of giving marriage counselling a try, you’re likely wondering whether it’s worth the bother. That’s understandable; you don’t want to waste time, money, and effort on something that is probably not going to help the situation. Does marriage counselling work? Like many things, it works … [Read more...] about Does Marriage Counselling Work?
Divorce is costing Australia over $14 billion a year The end of a relationship is not something people enjoy thinking about. Nobody enters into a marriage with the expectation of divorce, and yet the fact is that a significant proportion of marriages dissolve eventually. Marriages are complicated. But, as with so many things in life, a little … [Read more...] about How to Save Your Marriage From Divorce
How do you deal with something as shocking as a divorce? The reasons for a marriage ending can be complicated and difficult. It could be because of communication and relationship breakdown after months or years of unresolved arguments, or sometimes a couple struggles to recover from an affair. Some couples stop putting time, energy, and love … [Read more...] about Life After Divorce: How to Deal with the End of Your Marriage
The split of Academy Award Winner Gwyneth Paltrow from Cold Play frontman Chris Martin recently has made news headlines. But not just because they are ending more than 10 years of marriage, but because of the way it was announced. Gwyneth announced the split on her blog Goop, under the headline 'conscious uncoupling'. The online reaction was a … [Read more...] about Conscious Uncoupling: Is This Just a Prettier Way of Saying “We’re Getting a Divorce”?
Emotional abuse and controlling behaviour in relationships is one of those things that tends to be hidden within the relationship and often not known about by friends and family of the victim. Simon Gittany was found guilty of murder this week after throwing his fiancee Lisa Harnum off the balcony of their upmarket Sydney inner-city apartment in … [Read more...] about Emotional Abuse: When Is It Time to Leave Your Relationship?
The high-profile divorce announced yesterday of Rupert Murdoch and his third wife Wendi Deng Murdoch has apparently shocked those closest to the couple. The couple have been together for 14 years and have 2 young children together, Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9. What's also being reported is their close friends had no idea they were having any marital … [Read more...] about Getting a Divorce? How to Divorce with Your Pride and Dignity Intact
One of the main issues that all couples struggle with is related to money. Money issues are particularly challenging when couples have differing levels of income and asset pools when they enter into a relationship. I recently spoke with Sydney solicitor Bhavesh Mistry about binding financial agreements and how they can help couples … [Read more...] about Couple Money Problems: Binding Financial Agreements [Video]