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Back to School Strategies for Divorced or Divorcing Parents

Posted on Jul 17 2014 under Divorce, Previous Programs

Cheryl & Joe DillonOften times, and without even knowing it, divorced or divorcing parents will put their own self-interests ahead of their children’s. Or fail to recognize the impact their divorce will have on the kids. This can kick off a dangerous cycle that may have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences for both children and parents alike.

Poor school performance, increased drug or alcohol use and an ever deteriorating relationship between the parties are just a few of the many significant downsides to not properly recognizing and addressing the impact divorce will have on your family.

So what can you do to effectively co-parent your children and make their return to school as seamless as possible? Especially if your divorce was finalized over the summer like many divorces are?

Join us as we speak with Joe and Cheryl Dillon, Co-Founders of Equitable Mediation Services, a national Divorce Mediation and Coaching firm that serves clients in 14 states.   Having each been personally touched by divorce as both children and adults, Joe and Cheryl understand the impact divorce can have on families. They work together as a team, to take special care to put the needs of the client’s children first. And will share with you effective strategies divorcing parents need to implement in order to reduce the tension and potential conflict that may arise when co-parenting school-aged children.

Listener Challenge: Think about a typical week in the life of your school aged children and complete the planner. Review the helpful links for tools and ideas that can help you effectively co-parent your children and ease the transition from one house to two.


Equitable Mediation specializes in helping divorcing couples negotiate a fair settlement that is customized to their unique needs and puts their children first.

Founder and Divorce Mediator, Joe Dillon oversees the firm’s practice areas of mediation and divorce financial analysis.

Joe holds a Master’s degree in Finance, graduating first in his class, and is a member of both Delta Mu Delta – the National Honor Society in Business Administration, as well as the National Financial Management Honor Society. He has completed formal training in negotiation and mediation from Harvard University, MIT, Northwestern University, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Co-founder, Mediator and Certified Professional Coach, Cheryl Dillon oversees the firm’s Divorce Coaching practice area and coaches clients nationwide.

Cheryl  earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has completed formal training in life coaching at The Institute For Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

Joe and Cheryl are passionate about helping couples avoid the destruction of attorney-driven litigation and know first-hand that the right information, combined with the right expertise and the right kind of support can make the challenging process of divorce less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful for divorcing couples and their children.

They are contributors to The Huffington Post, DivorceSource.com, DivorceHQ.com, and DivorcedMoms.com and have recently co-authored four books:

For More Information:  Equitable Mediation

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