Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Class Helps Divorced Parents Work Together for Kids' Sake

One man’s ex-wife denies him access to their 10-year-old child out of spite. A woman’s 9-year-old daughter has taken on the adult role of peacemaker and mediator, passing messages between father and mother.

The stories told during a recent Saturday morning class at the Gainesville Civic Center spoke to the biggest underlying problems between divorced parents that affect their children: a lack of communication and unwillingness to work together for the best interest of the child.

“Joint legal custody does not work unless the parents cooperate and communicate,” said Arline Kerman, a lawyer and educational psychologist who led the frustrated parents through discussions. “The main issue that these parents need to address is the best interests of the child, rather than focus on their own negative feelings they have toward one another.”

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For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at


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