The Pandemic of Divorce in 2021

Depression & sadness increase as co-parenting during the pandemic ignites more conflict and confusion.
By: Introspective Comprehensive Co-parenting
ALAMEDA, Calif. - May 20, 2021 - PRLog -- Divorce and family separations are wreaking havoc on families. When parents make the difficult decision to separate, all members of the family often experience depression and anxiety, including the children. Fortunately, parents can take steps to manage their emotional state and assist their children who show signs of depression or anxiety. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it is essential to highlight the emotional benefits of collaborative co-parenting.

The Pandemic of Divorce
U.S. Census shows that separated parents raise close to 33% of American children. This amounts to millions of children who respond differently to separation, all based on age, developmental stage, and most importantly, how the parents manage the break.

"COVID-19 has brought unique elements to family separations, which has only heightened the need to build stronger child-rearing partnerships," according to Dr. Janella Street, a renowned Bay Area forensic psychologist and founder of Introspective Comprehensive Co-parenting (ICC). "When parents learn to communicate and compromise early in separation, they save time and money. An average divorce can cost $15,000 and typically triples with a custody dispute. Co-parents can also reduce the stress on the co-parenting relationship that can impact mental health issues."

Co-parenting is the New Parenting
Families need information and support with co-parenting solutions to make healthy decisions. ICC is a co-parenting program led by Dr. Street that puts children first. It exists to help co-parents reduce stress by focusing on their individual ability to regulate emotions, communicate clearly, and practice conflict resolution techniques.

While these are critical skills to have in place, it's also imperative to be educated about effective parenting plans, mediation tactics, and the basics of Family Court.

"Co-parenting has unique challenges. Learning a specific set of skills can significantly improve your co-parenting experience," says Dr. Street.

Dr. Street's modern approach to co-parenting goes a long way in lowering temperatures and reducing tensions. By focusing on aspects of the relationship they can control, each parent assumes responsibility for what is ultimately best for the child.

"Co-parenting is the new parenting. It is difficult, but it does not have to feel impossible. Knowing you're not alone in this struggle is the first step." says Dr. Street.

About Dr. Janella Street
Dr. Street works with Bay Area families in the court system and specializes in high conflict cases as a Family Court mediator and custody evaluator. She has 20 years of practice and provides individual therapy specializing in depression and anxiety. Dr. Street is available for media interviews, seminar opportunities, and speaking engagements. To learn more about Introspective Comprehensive Co-parenting (ICC) resources and classes, please visit (

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Location:Alameda - California - United States
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