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Conversations About Divorce

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Divorce coach and mediator Mandy Walker shares compassionate, practical, expert advice on moving from we to me, featuring interviews with the leading divorce experts on every aspect of divorce: making the decision, parenting, money, healing and recovery, the STBX and the legal stuff ... we cover it all. You don't have to do this alone and you will get through this.

Divorce coach and mediator Mandy Walker shares compassionate, practical, expert advice on moving from we to me, featuring interviews with the leading divorce experts on every aspect of divorce: making the decision, parenting, money, healing and recovery, the STBX and the legal stuff ... we cover it all. You don't have to do this alone and you will get through this.
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Divorce coach and mediator Mandy Walker shares compassionate, practical, expert advice on moving from we to me, featuring interviews with the leading divorce experts on every aspect of divorce: making the decision, parenting, money, healing and recovery, the STBX and the legal stuff ... we cover it all. You don't have to do this alone and you will get through this.






You Can Embrace The Holidays While Dealing With Your Divorce

The Holidays are tough no matter where you are in the divorce process. And while you may feel like skipping them altogether, they are hard to avoid. Everywhere you go, there's a message about the holidays that hits you - on T.V., on the radio, at the grocery store, at work, in your neighborhood, at your kid's school .... There's no escape. So what are you supposed to do? Is there a way to change your thinking and instead of dreading them, embrace the holidays so you actually have fun and...

Duration: 00:38:08

The Things You Need To Know About Pets And Divorce

Pets are an integral part of daily life for many families. They're often seen and treated as family members. So when it comes to divorce, deciding what happens to the pets can be every bit as contentious as deciding how to co-parent together. While couples may want to create a plan for sharing, in the vast majority of places in the U.S. the law still treats pets as property. That means if you can't come to your own agreement, then a judge will decide what happens to the pets following the...

Duration: 00:36:16

How Much Help Are Online Resources In A Divorce

Almost everyone getting divorced these days goes online for help, whether that's looking for information to help avoid using attorneys or for emotional support. Nobody is relying solely on what their attorney tells them. The good news is that there is a ton of information and resources available now. The bad news is that some of these could harm you more than help you. So what are the pitfalls of going online? What are the risks? How can you tell which sources are trustworthy and...

Duration: 00:34:15

Communicating With Your Ex To Avoid Conflict And Resolve Disagreements

Disagreements are normal in any relationship so you have to expect that you and your ex are not going to agree on everything. If you're not comfortable handling disagreements, knowing this might make you groan, tense up and become anxious. You have choices. You could decide you're just going to say no to everything your ex asks. That will however lead to on-going unresolved conflict which is when divorce harms children the most. At the other end of the scale, you could choose to go along...

Duration: 00:38:31

What You Need To Know About Divorce And Your Credit Score

The data breach at Equifax has many of us monitoring our credit score more closely now but the data breach isn't the only threat to your credit score. Divorce is a common time when many people become aware of their score and the decisions that you make leading up to the end of your marriage and in your divorce settlement can have a significant impact on your score. Coming at a time when you may be applying for a credit, such as refinancing, a car loan or a new credit card, a lower credit...

Duration: 00:39:11

How To Negotiate Your Parenting Time Without Hurting Your Child

If you and your spouse have minor children, then you're going to need a plan for how you will parent together after you're divorced and this is an area with which many couples struggle. Part of the struggle is that the concept of successful shared parenting is relatively new. While people who are getting divorced now may have parents who were divorced and experienced living in two separate homes, the shared parenting they grew up with is very different from what we see today. Another...

Duration: 00:40:51

Sharing Your Child's Expenses With Your Ex Post-Divorce

Sharing your child's expenses with your ex post-divorce can be a minefield on so many levels. It leads to disputes over what expenses should be incurred, what should be shared, what's the fairest way of sharing them, how to get reimbursed and on it goes .... It can also fuel competition between parents with each parent having their preferred activity or their philosophy on what their child needs for school and and how much to spend. That competition is rarely good for the child. It's easy...

Duration: 00:36:04

Dividing Up Your Household Items In Divorce

Dividing up your household items in divorce can be contentious, plain awkward and anything in between. In most situations, attorneys will tell you that it isn't worth fighting over this and even if the legal folk tell you to value everything at what you could sell it for on CraigsList, it doesn't mean deciding who gets what is easy. These Conversations are riddled with emotions and hidden meanings. Quite aside from concerns about equity, some items are just plain difficult to let go. And...

Duration: 00:37:34

Is The Political Divide Threatening Your Marriage?

A fundamental part of the American political scene is the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans and in Presidential election years it always gets intense. Look back to Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Al Gore, Barack Obama and John McClain and Mitt Romeny. The list goes on. What's different now though is that even now, almost nine months aftter the Presidential election, the divisive political climate continues and that conflict is spilling over into...

Duration: 00:32:39

What Would Happen To Your Child If You Didn't Come Home?

We all want to be there for our children but what if you're not? What if you're travelling overseas and there's an event, that means you're stuck there and can't get home? What if you have a medical emergency that leaves you hospitalized, in intensive care, unable to communicate? What if the unthinkable happens and you die in a car accident? Without an emergency response plan, your child may be taken into protective custody or foster care, making an already traumatic event much worse. And...

Duration: 00:31:41

The Painful Truths About Custody Battles

In this episode of Conversations About Divorce, we're talking about child custody battles. We've all read about the ugliness and painful allegations that are made in celebrity divorces and those are mainstays of many custody fights. They're always ugly, always expensive and once started, there's rarely any backtracking. Once the accusations have been made, there's no taking them back. They can't be erased. The impact these battles have can spread far and wide. The children at the center of...

Duration: 00:35:55

Choosing A Divorce Recovery Program That's Right For You

How often have you read about someone reflecting back on their divorce, how awful it was at the time, how it wasn't their choice and yet, how they wouldn't go back to that marriage again, how much they've learned since then and how much they themselves have changed? Compare that to the person who talks bitterly about their ex, even years afterwards, the person who doesn't have a new circle of friends, doesn't have new interests and says that everything would have been OK if they hadn't...

Duration: 00:33:46

Taking Your Emotions Out Of Your Divorce Negotiations

Divorce professionals say it's best to approach your divorce negotiations as a business discussion but how do you take your emotions out of it? First, let's remember why these discussions need to be more business: the legal system is not set up to resolve disagreements based on moral arguments. The judges are bound by statutes and case law. That doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't pursue a resolution you feel is morally right but recognize that doing so is likely going to mean...

Duration: 00:38:01

How You Can Help Your Children Adjust To Your Remarriage

Blending a family is a huge, complex topic and this is only going to scratch the surface ... if you are dating again, thinking about getting married again then you're going to need to help your children adjust to your remarriage. We know that second marriages are not easy. The U.S. Census Bureau in 2006 found that 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce. It seems that third marriages are even harder, ending in divorce about 70 percent of the time. Experts cite a number of reasons for...

Duration: 00:33:42

How To Help Your Child Overcome Their Anxiety About Your Divorce

Your divorce is about you and your spouse ending your marriage but how you do this and how you parent with your STBX after your divorce will have a profound impact on your child no matter their age. One thing you can be sure of: your divorce WILL make your child anxious. One challenge is that your child may not express their true feelings to you and even if they do tell you it's no big deal because most of their friends' parents are divorced, or that they understand that life may be...

Duration: 00:37:05

What Is An Exit Affair And How To Survive One

Extra-marital affairs are not unusual - some studies have found that some 60 percent of married partners report having engaged in affairs. Some spouses do reconcile and recover from infidelity and may even report a stronger, closer relationship. There are some affairs however, where the exiting spouse already sees the marriage as over and in these case reconciliation is rare. For the victim or faithful spouse, the discovery of the affair comes as a brutal attack on what they often describe...

Duration: 00:32:56

What Is It With Divorce And Travel Adventures?

Post-divorce travel adventures became familiar with Elizabeth Gilbert's epic, "Eat, Pray, Love" and while such a long, exotic trip may be out of reach for many, with some creativity and imagination you could make it happen. Joining Mandy for this episode is world traveler, photographer, writer and historian, Chandi Wyant. Wyant embarked on a pilgrimage following her divorce and spent forty days walking to Rome on Italy's historic route, the Via Francigena. Listen in to hear Mandy and...

Duration: 00:34:11

What Is Divorce Etiquette And How Can It Help?

The words 'divorce' and 'etiquette' aren't often heard together. When we hear the word 'etiquette,' we think manners, politeness, courtesies - again not things typically associated with ending a marriage. And perhaps that's exactly why so many people struggle to achieve a good divorce. I'm not a fan of rule books but I do think being conscious about how you conduct yourself during divorce could help you better cope with the end of your marriage so you'll feel less conscious, less awkward...

Duration: 00:34:39

How To Protect Yourself From Getting Hurt After Divorce

It doesn't matter who decides to end the marriage, both parties are usually hurt (even if some are reluctant to admit it). Most people want to know how to protect themselves from getting hurt after divorce. The answer to that is boundaries. We use fences, doors, walls and locks to protect our property from others and we use similar devices to protect ourselves from harm from others. These boundaries however are not as simple or obvious as a gate or a padlock. They're much more complex....

Duration: 00:35:26

Making Sense Of Financial Planning After Divorce

There is always less money after divorce and ending a marriage means facing that reality. There's really no way to avoid it. Some people find themselves having to handle the household accounts for the first time either in a long time or sometimes, ever. It means there is no more shopping and buying things without knowing how they're going to be paid for. The spouse who took care of everything is gone and now you have to learn about budgeting. For some people, it means reassessing lifestyle...

Duration: 00:41:22

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