If you and your former partner are having difficulty communicating with respect to parenting your children or discussing child and spousal support, the “BIFF” method may assist you. BIFF is taken from the book, “BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People” written by Bill Eddy. In short, BIFF stands for “Brief, Informative, Friendly and Firm”. Keeping these words in mind when preparing your texts or emails may help de-escalate conflict in difficult situations.

Parenting After Separation is a free seminar that addresses the financial, emotional, and legal issues with respect to children and parenting in separation and divorce. This seminar is completed online as a three-hour eCourse at http://pas.albertacourts.ab.ca.

This seminar offers information to parents about the separation and divorce process, the effects of separation and divorce on children, techniques for communication, and legal information that affects parents and children. There is no cost to complete the course.

There are other courses available which you may also find helpful, being Focus On Communication in Separation and Parenting After Separation for Families in High Conflict. These courses are also available at no cost to you.