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D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

A Roller Coaster of Emotions Sad, Mad, and Discouraged 10 Problems with Many Workable Solutions Anyone going through the process of separation and divorce needs to suit up, strap in, and put on a helmet. This is likely going to hurt. How long and how much is up to you. If you have children, may I suggest a Kevlar suit. Please join me for my latest blog series: problems and possible solutions to shared parenting entitled: D.I.V.O.R.C.E. A Roller Coaster of…

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Diagnosing Your EX – Bad Idea

Diagnosing Your EX – Bad Idea

I could not write a better synopsis of the dangers of diagnosing your spouse.  I might add, as I have stated over and over, anything that you ascribe to your EX, will stick to your children like “glue”.  Your children are half of each of you. Never, ever,  put the other parent one-down. by: Steven Stosny, Ph.D. April 5, 2014 A surefire way to destroy your relationship is to diagnose your partner—in your head, at least—with a personality disorder or other “character…

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10/11 – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Interventions: “What You Need to Know Now” 5:30 pm – MoCo Bar Association CLE

10/11 – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Interventions: “What You Need to Know Now” 5:30 pm – MoCo Bar Association CLE

What you Need to Know to Best Help Your Client Now Speakers: Mary Atwater, Psy.D, LLC, Licensed Psychologist, Executive Coach, Athena Morrow, LCPC Manager Behavioral Health & Crisis Services; and Honorable Marina Sabett, District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. Competency, Not Criminally Responsible, Mental Health Court, Involuntary Admission, Emergency Petition, Advance Directives for Mental Health, FACT team, JCAP, 8-507 Orders, etc. are all concepts/terms with which you may be familiar. The question is, however, how might these things apply…

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Discovery and Dealing with Adultery

Discovery and Dealing with Adultery

Discovery and Dealing with Adultery. Rockville Library 5:30 to 7 pm Panel – Dr Mary Atwater, Regina DeMeo, Esq, and Kenneth P. D’Angelo, Target Investigations & Personal Security Services, Inc.  

Not Your Parents’ Divorce

Not Your Parents’ Divorce

Relationship advice during separation and divorce. Have you heard this one? A couple comes into my office and says, “We don’t know what we are doing, please help us”.  They want a divorce, but they don’t want to hire lawyers and spend their life savings. They are afraid and need some advice on how best to proceed. I am an experienced mediator of child and family issues.  I am not a lawyer. There are a great many sources of advice…

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Tuesday May 8, 5:30 to 8 pm – Bar Association of Montgomery County

Tuesday May 8, 5:30 to 8 pm – Bar Association of Montgomery County

Tuesday May 8, 5:30 to 8 pm. Bar Association of Montgomery County Mental Health Interventions: What You need to Know Speakers: Dr. Mary Atwater, Jeffrey Hammond, Esq. of Hammond and Associates, LLC; and The Honorable Marina L. Sabett of the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. Competency, Not Criminally Responsible, Mental Health Court, Involuntary Admission, Emergency Petition, Advance Directives for Mental Health, etc. The panel will provide some practical information on dealing with your client’s mental health issues both…

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The Power of Shame

The Power of Shame

I confess… it has been months since my last… well, since I started this blog. My intention, going forward is to write each month or bi-monthly.  The good news is that I am busy… but, I also need to make time. I need to show up for this important work. Today’s blog post is about something we humans all struggle with. Some more often than others, but no one I know has escaped entirely. I’m talking about: the power of shame. Showing…

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uncoupling 101 – showing up for your divorce better than you did your marriage

uncoupling 101 – showing up for your divorce better than you did your marriage

I said it, uncoupling.  Not sure if it fits but it is one description of the deconstruction, dissolution, or separation of two souls who prior to this, made vows to hang out until the end of time.  Nice of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin to lead the way.  Those of us in the ADR, alternative dispute resolution, field are ecstatic when any celebrity decides to try something different and far from “the War of the Roses”, part deux. Prior to…

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