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Magic II

Sharing a secret happens more often than you would think in the collaborative divorce process, in which we have two folks parting ways. Perhaps they’re parting ways because one of them withheld a secret and now wants to unburden himself.

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Magic I

Magic! It permeates my life. It’s why the collaborative divorce process has affected me so deeply. I talk a lot about the fact that my parents were divorced when I was seven and about how my mother loaded us kids into the van and moved us 3000 miles across the country.

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The Break-Up Loop

I am an Enneagram Three (“The Achiever”) with a four-wing (“The Professional”). From a psychological perspective, this means that I thrive when people give me specific feedback.

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Paternity

Paternity is the legal relationship between a father and his biological or adopted child(ren). This area of law deals with a father’s and his child(ren)’s rights and obligations to each other, as well as to others. A man who is legally established to be a child’s father is held accountable for his share of support and responsibility for that child. If the father is unwilling to support the child voluntarily, he can be compelled to do so after a successful paternity suit.

If, on the other hand, the child was born out of wedlock and the mother wishes to give the child up for adoption, she will be unable to do so when the father asserts paternity and refuses his consent.

A father claiming paternity can also seek timesharing with and parental decision-making rights for the child.