Articles by Gary Direnfeld

Gary Direnfeld

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW is a Canadian Social Worker in private practice. He is recognized from his 65 episodes of the hit show Newlywed/Nearly Dead, to over 500 columns as the parenting expert of a major metropolitan newspaper, to more than 350 media appearances, to his book, Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters.

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Strategies To Reduce Conflict

Some relationships and homes are a mess, the result of conflict. When in the heat of conflict, most arguments get cast in an all-or-nothing debate. Something is totally one way or the other, […]

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What Happens at the Mandatory Information Program

In the Province of Ontario, parents who commence a court action must attend the Mandatory Information Program (MIP) prior to their first appearance at court. The MIP is a program required through the […]

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Parenting Plans in High Conflict Situations

Conflict between separated parents can be divided in to three levels: low, medium and high. Separated parents whose conflict is regarded as low can most often resolve their differences between themselves, or perhaps […]

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Communication and Co-Parenting

Parents often separate due to poor communication. However, co-parenting often creates conditions where more communication is necessary. So, the issue isn’t if you will communicate with your ex, but how you will communicate. We […]

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Contemplating Divorce? Consider Counselling

Like so many other things in life, divorce happens in stages. The first stage in any divorce begins simply by thinking about it. Truth is, the average time a person has thought about […]

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Mediation Explained

Mediation is about two parties in conflict meeting with a neutral facilitator who will help the two parties come to an agreement between themselves. Mediation can become confusing though when one considers there […]

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