Dear Marsha: Your Personalized Co-Parenting Column

A mother and her children prepare a meal together at their kitchen table.

In our Dear Marsha blog series, we pose relevant questions submitted by parents like you to Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett, a nationally-renowned expert in shared parenting matters.

Our goal for this series is to answer questions about co-parenting. Every family is unique, as is every shared parenting arrangement. Dr. Kline Pruett focuses her research on relationships before and after divorce, and she hopes to bring her one-of-a-kind expertise to help you better navigate co-parenting. 

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Assist Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett with her research on what shared parenting is like across different families by taking this survey. All submissions are entirely anonymous. 

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Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett

About Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett

Marsha Kline Pruett is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology, and masters’ degrees in psychological services in education and in legal studies, and she is a Board Diplomate in Couples and Family Psychology.

She has 30 years of practice experience, specializing in couples counseling and co-parenting consultation as well as intervention design and evaluation. She has published extensively for professional and lay audiences, including two books (Your Divorce Advisor and Partnership Parenting). Her research and writings center on couple relationships before and after divorce; coparenting; father involvement; and family conflict.

She is involved in consulting and research projects spanning supporting father involvement interventions; the evaluation of online parenting programs; and model alternative dispute resolution programs that help families resolve disputes outside of the adversarial system.

Dr. Kline Pruett consults on national boards and Task Forces and provides training nationally and abroad to mental health and legal professionals. She is Past President for the Association of Family and Conciliation Court Professionals (AFCC) and Social Science Editor for Family Court Review.