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The below question was sent in from a 17 year old girl from Virginia.

– Timmy, 18 My mom remarried two and a half years ago and to say the least, I was not very happy.

Don't use friends for legal advice — meaning, don't hire a friend to handle the divorce even though your friend will cut you a break financially.

My ex and I started out this way, and the friend was truly lovely and magnanimous at heart to want to help two broke people divorce, but we ended up switching counsel (to mediators) for various reasons, which derailed finalizing the divorce.

My daughter was just turning 3 when her dad and I split, and no matter how often I googled toddlers and divorce, there wasn't a ton of information on how she might be affected by the experience.

I ended up pushing for her to try play therapy, and when my ex agreed, we had her attend for a while.

I’m not very close with my stepdad but I’ve been trying really hard to stay closer to my mom.

It’s not an easy transition when a parent starts dating again and there is unfortunately no formula to make it that way.I feel that marriage would be a bit extreme at this point, but all I can do is be happy for my mom, because if she’s happy, I’m happy.Make sure that you’re comfortable with the person that your Mom/Dad is dating, and if you feel a weird vibe off of them, tell your Mom/Dad. – Julia It can be really hard to talk to your Mom/Dad about dating after losing a parent.Just know that your Mom/ Dad is not trying to replace your loved one. – Joelle, 14 Talk to your Mom/Dad if you are feeling like they are trying to replace your loved one.Parents can be a great source of answers and confidence.I never thought that my mom would meet someone else that she feels extremely passionate towards other than my Dad.