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"Start Making It Livable for Everyone"

Jackson County, Michigan —

What is SMILE?

SMILE — Start Making It Livable for Everyone — is an education program for separating or divorced parents with children under the age of eighteen. This program, along with all of the FOC programs, are held on the Second Floor of the Friend of the Court Office.

The goals of the SMILE program are:

  1. To provide information to help parents better understand the effects of divorce.

  2. To help parents understand the needs of their children.

  3. To promote children's healthy adjustment to divorce.

The information that will be provided to you at the SMILE program presentation has been drawn from the experience of the developers of the SMILE program, and other professionals in the field of divorce.

Each year over one million marriages end in divorce in the United States. When divorce happens, people feel along and wonder how anyone else lived through it. SMILE will provide information about the effects of divorce and what parents can do to make the divorce situation livable.

SMILE is important because:

  • It provides information to help parents better understand the effects of divorce.

It assists parents to understand the needs of their children.

  • It helps parents learn what they can do to create a nurturing and safe environment so that their children can recover from the divorce and feel good about themselves.

  • It provides information to prevent destructive game-playing that is so common among divorced couples and their children.

  • It helps parents gain problem solving skills.

  • It lets parents know that they are not alone.

  • It helps parents know how to be in touch with their children's pain and anguish.

  • It shows parents how to stop making children victims of the divorce.

SMILE helps soften the blow of divorce.

For dates and times of the SMILE presentations, contact the Jackson County Friend of the Court Office at: 517.788.4470.

 

Note: Information on this page has been extensively quoted from the Jackson County website which is "public domain." Updated on divorcePeers.com November 24, 2002.

 

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Attorneys' Roles in Mediation
Camps for Kids
Child Custody and the "100-Mile Rule"
Divorce Court - "Forget Me Not" Program for Never Married Parents
Divorce Court - "Reasonable" Parenting Time, Defined
Divorce Court - "SMILE" Program Description, Advice
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child"
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (A)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (B)
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Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (E)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (F)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (G)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (H)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (I)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (J)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (K)
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child," factor (L)
Divorce Court - Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau
Divorce Court - Parenting Time Make-Up Policy
Divorce Statistics - Children and Divorce, Effects of Divorce on Child
Divorce Statistics - How Do Child Custody Placements End Up?
Divorce Statistics - How Is Child Custody Decided?
Divorce Statistics - Visitation and Child Support, Divorced Parents
Eavesdropping between Divorced Parents
Explaining Your Divorce to Your Children
In Favor of Mediation
Not Divorcing - for the Sake of the Children
One Mediator's Life as a Parent
Parenting Time Coordination via Internet-Based Scheduler
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After Your Judgment of Divorce
Attorneys' Roles in Mediation
Child Custody and the "100-Mile Rule"
Divorce Court - "Forget Me Not" Program for Never Married Parents
Divorce Court - "Reasonable" Parenting Time, Defined
Divorce Court - "SMILE" Program Description, Advice
Divorce Court - Analysis of "Best Interests of the Minor Child"
Divorce Court - Legal Divorce Process
Divorce Court - Mediation Overview
Divorce Court - Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL)
Divorce Court - Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL)
Divorce Court - Michigan Court Rules (MCR), pro per advice
Divorce Court - Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau
Divorce Court - Michigan: One Court of Justice
Divorce Court - Parenting Time Make-Up Policy
Divorce Court - Property division precedents
Divorce statistics - Michigan Divorces, Wayne County (MI)
Eavesdropping between Divorced Parents
In Favor of Mediation
One Mediator's Life as a Parent
Title to Property: Words Determine Rights
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