Break-ups or divorce usually mean complete separation, but for those with kids, this is rarely ever the case. As parents battle where the children live and share out holiday times as well as navigating the tricky area of step parents, conflict can easily emerge. However it is vital for children not to be caught in the middle of this and for their life to remain as stable as possible. By focusing on your children rather than dwelling on what your partner has done to cause a separation, parents can make sure a separation remains healthy.
Helen Fried remarried in 2006 and found the intricacies of dealing with a blended family and ex-spouses to be quite trying. She founded a monthly support group to allow others with similar divorce stories to vent, working together to grow from their hardships. Residing in Weston, Florida, Fried continues to write as she works to build a happy family with her husband Steve Fried, children Nicolas and Lexi, and step-children Matthew and Danielle.