Amplifying Impact

Hot Topics Amplifying Impact by: Malissa Tigges, PsyD. In a culture obsessed with resiliency, despite being mired in global hardship, the systems in place often make survival an individual effort. Yet so many families in our community are in desperate need of social...

How to Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season is such a special moment especially for children. Children are looking forward to celebrating, spending time with family, friends and mostly receiving gifts from loved ones. November and December are the hardest months of the year for most families experiencing a separation or divorce. Providing the right guidance and education in dealing with these life changes is critical for these families.

Co-Parenting: Sink or Swim by Dr. Laura LoBuglio-Vigil, Psy.D. &  Dr. Julio Vigil, Ph.D.

Co-Parenting: Sink or Swim by Dr. Laura LoBuglio-Vigil, Psy.D. & Dr. Julio Vigil, Ph.D.

It is becoming an all too familiar statistic that is quoted in most articles related to children and divorce: “About half of all American children will experience their parent’s divorce.” While divorce can be a stressful time for both adults and children, research demonstrates that the parent’s ability to effectively co-parent is of paramount importance in determining the children’s well-being and adjustment…

The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem by Cindi Kamen, Esquire

The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem by Cindi Kamen, Esquire

We have all had cases where the parents are so enmeshed in their own arguments, their child’s best interest takes a back seat in their case. When a case presents high-conflict issues regarding children, the Court will frequently appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate the allegations of the parties’ pleadings and motions and make recommendations to the Court that protect the child’s best interests. As described in Section 61.401, Florida Statutes, the guardian ad litem acts as “next friend of the children.”…

Parental Alienation: Child Abuse? Reportable? by Robert A. Evans, Ph.D.

Florida, as virtually every state, has a law that pertains to abuse of children. In Florida, it is referred to as Chapter 39 Proceedings Relating to Children. Within Chapter 39 is section 39.01(2) which provides the definition of Abuse, and it includes, among other things: “Abuse” means: any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical,
mental, or sexual abuse, injury, or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired.