High Conflict Exes


What Is (And Isn’t) Parental Alienation Syndrome?

Parental Alienation Syndrome or PAS is one of the most incorrectly used terms in the step-family world. It’s a word that can often send court-appointed officials running for the hills, or rolling their eyes so far back in the heads their eyes get whiplash. Why is this term so widely […]


Why Kids Should Not Be in Charge of the Visitation Schedule

Permissive parenting is something  I see a lot in the step-family dynamic. It’s custodial parents who think children should get to dictate to schedule, it’s non-custodial parents who are too scared to set boundaries. It’s when kids are put in the driving seat of the decision making in the family […]


What Two Ducks Taught Me About Motherhood

I never had my own children. They were my children.  The ones I laughed with and played with.  The ones I baked for and made new holiday traditions with. I was never going to birth my own children.  It was never going to be in the cards. So I made the most of it. […]


Parental Alienation Court Hearing

How Well-Meaning Community Professionals Assist in Parental Alienation

Recently, I was reminded of why I hate talking about parental alienation. A 30–minute session with the benefits rep at work left me feeling victimized and helpless all over again. Questions that ensued from such a simple interaction like –Did you call the police? or Why didn’t you call DFS?– left me feeling deflated and left her convinced that I’m not only crazy but also most likely a child […]


Q&A with Jenna Korf on the High-Conflict Ex-Wife – Part 1

Corinne Foote, Founder and Editor of Stepparent Magazine chats to Jenna Korf of StepmomHelp.com about the high-conflict ex-wife. Questions asked included: What does high-conflict mean and what behaviour can we expect some someone considered to have high-conflict behaviours? Is it better for stepmums not to have communication with the ex-wife, […]

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Pensive Stepmom

Stepping Above the Drama of His Ex

This article is a reader’s personal experience they have kindly shared with our readers… Being a stepmom in a newly blended family has been the hardest task of my life. For me, the most challenging part has been learning how to deal with my husband’s ex and controlling my feelings […]


The Guilty Stepmom

Being a stepmom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I find myself dealing with an HCE and dysfunctional situations on a constant basis. What happened to my once carefree life?  It is now burdened with complications, which cause guilt especially when things escalate between my husband, […]

Stepmom Feeling Guilty