Category Archives: Divorce, Custody, and Parental Alienation

Should Maria Get Back with Arnold?


  If you don’t know that Arnold Schwarzenegger,Terminator and former California governor, fathered a child with the live-in maid who had been cleaning the mansion he shared with Maria Shriver and their four children, prompting Maria to hire a kick-ass … Continue reading

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Breaking Up is Weird to Do: A Guest Post by Janice Harper


Janice Harper is an anthropologist, blogger, and all-around smart cookie. I first discovered her on Open Salon, when I read her incredibly honest and insightful piece about her previous life in the 1%. Then I read her really funny Huff Po … Continue reading

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OMG, Heidi Klum and Seal Split: Our Cultural Obsession with Celebrity “Storybook Marriages”


Earlier this week Huffington Post announced what had been rumored for days: that Heidi Klum and Seal, the celeb couple touted as having perhaps the storybookiest marriage of them all, are splitting. When I scanned the “Heidi Klum and Seal” trending … Continue reading

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Dooce Divorce


“Dooce Divorce” was the search engine referral that began to appear on my site stats page a couple weeks ago. This was my first glimmer that the power-blogging husband and wife team Heather and Jon Armstrong, aka Dooce and Blurb, … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part Three


To read Part One, click here. To read Part Two, click here. “I’m going to visit you, wherever you are. You’re not going to get rid of me.” I was trying to assure Luca that the terms of the custody … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part Two


Read Part One here… I sidestepped unruly tufts of sage, stopping several times to swing that damn bullroar over my head, wincing as the rope burned through layers of skin on my right forefinger. As I stopped, again, to listen … Continue reading

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Mothers on Trial: a Book Review


When I started Perils of Divorced Pauline, I thought I was a freak of nature, the only mother I knew on the brink of losing custody of her child (which, in fact, happened this past June). During the course of … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part One


Last week I traveled to a fly-over state, a place where men still wear cowboy hats, where non-smoking hotel rooms reek of cigarette fumes, and people have three tow-headed children by the time they’re twenty-five. I sat in a conference … Continue reading

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On Not Being Crazy and Anne Lamott


“I know you’re not crazy,” Luca’s therapist at wilderness camp said to me during our phone conversation yesterday. “And when Luca goes to boarding school, I’ll tell the next therapist you’re not crazy, and that you need to be involved … Continue reading

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