Moms Moving On: Navigating Divorce, Single Motherhood & Co-Parenting.
By Michelle Dempsey-Multack
Letting go and moving on after divorce? That takes guts, strength, and a whole lot of support. Certified Divorce Specialist Michelle Dempsey-Multack, MS, and her guests are bringing you all three. Your divorce support village is waiting for you!
Imagine not knowing who you truly are or feeling like you're living life for everyone BUT yourself - that's exactly how Melissa Bernstein, co-founder of Melissa & Doug toys, felt for almost half of her life. In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, we had an in-depth conversation about her struggles with her own mental health, not being able to feel a sense of purpose or happiness, and what led her to writing her first book, LifeLines.
Since taking a journey inward, Melissa has not only been able to heal from her existential depression, she's built an entire community devoted to helping others heal as well. With her book, LifeLines, you'll be taken on a visual journey through a symphony of prose, poetry and photography.
This episode really dives deep into how we change as women, over time, once discovering who we really are, and Melissa's candid honesty is as refreshing as it is impactful.
Learn more about Melissa Bernstein, her new book, and her community, here.
No matter how much you might want a divorce, no one wants an all-out, knock-down, drag-out fight in the courtroom. That's where Erin Levine comes in, the queen of helping couples get divorced peacefully, with some really solid advice and insight that will challenge all of your misconceptions about what divorce might look like for you.
After 15 years advising clients, litigating, negotiating and mediating contested and cooperative divorces, and running a respected boutique family law firm in the Bay Area, Erin became a bit disenchanted with the family law process and how it it would pit spouses against one another. Not being one to shy away from a challenge and being comfortable as the “underdog,” she set out to create an online, ethically compliant, divorce process for uncontested divorces - Hello Divorce.
Hello Divorce has become the convenient, efficient, divorce option for (ex) couples who want to transition out of relationship without the expense and drama ordinarily associated with divorce. Learn more about their easy online process, here.
Oh, and don't forget to check out the amazingly honest and funny Hello Divorce Instagram account, here.
Wondering how to leave an emotionally and/or physically abusive marriage? There are some critical steps to take before you do, as explained by top Michigan divorce attorney, Sabrina Sheehan Cronin, owner and founder of The Cronin Law Firm.
After spending years as a prosecutor, Sabrina found her passion in helping, empowering, and protecting victims of crime. Sabrina truly desires to make a lasting and positive impact on every person who walks through the doors of her firm, which is why she was the perfect person to interview in regard to leaving an abusive marriage.
Her professional experience is distinctive and varied. She began as an associate attorney for a large civil litigation firm, where she practiced bankruptcy law, civil litigation, family law, and medical malpractice defense. From there she moved on to an insurance defense firm, where she continued to handle a variety of litigation matters, including medical malpractice and family law. She was also General Counsel for a Professional Employer Organization, handling human resources, employment law matters, and litigation. Sabrina then took on the position of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office before opening her namesake law firm.
Feel your righteous anger, own it, and learn how to deal with it so that you can move on from your divorce in a healthy, emotionally evolved way with none other than 'The Divorce Doctor' herself, clinical psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Cohen.
Dr. Cohen received her PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University. As part of her graduate training, she treated clients at the world-renowned Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Boston, MA.
Dr. Cohen was the recipient of the prestigious American Psychological Foundation Research Award for her doctoral research. Following her time at BU, Dr. Cohen completed her pre-doctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital Center and the New York University Child Study Center. After completing her training, she was asked to become the Director of the CBT program at Bellevue’s Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.
Dr. Cohen has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Women’s Health, Huff Post, Thrive Global and, Good Housekeeping.
Learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, AKA, the Divorce Doctor, her new book - out now, and her amazing online course, here.
We spend a lot of time worrying about how we'll cope with divorce and co-parenting, but, wait, how are we helping our kids cope with divorce an co-parenting?
The notion that kids are resilient and adaptable is great and all, but we have to give them the tools to be able to find their resiliency and adaptability, especially through divorce and co-parenting. We have to help them take the fear out of life's scary moments.
This is where Certified Child Life Specialist Randi Jaffe comes in. Randi has been helping children cope, adjust, and transition to all sorts of life changes for almost 15 years now - and she is as insightful and knowledgeable as she is warm and kind.
As the founder of Kid Cope Specialists, Randi hopes to positively influence her community and many others by providing practical and helpful tips for parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals working with kids.
Learn more about Randi's services here, and make sure to follow her on Instagram for helpful tips and strategies for your kiddos!
For four years now, author and co-parenting mom Katie Bingham-Smith has written for a multitude of motherhood publications on the struggles of divorce and what it's like to co-parent two tweens and a teen.
And now, she's sharing her whole experience with us on the podcast.
From how to have the difficult divorce conversation with your tweens and teens to making co-parenting work with new relationships in the mix, Katie talks open and honestly about her entire divorce experience.
Katie Bingham-Smith Is a single mom to three teenagers and freelance writer. You can see her work on Scary Mommy, Grown & Flown, Momdotcom, The Girlfriend, Momtastic, as week as many Maine magazines.
You can follow her on Instagram @katiebinghamsmith
How to Shelter Your Kids From the Effects of Divorce? "You have to vow to take the high road," Dr. Larry Waldman shares, and most importantly, "you must love your child more than you hate your ex.
In this episode of Moms Moving On, we talk about the importance of keeping the divorce drama between the adults only, and protecting our children at any cost - regardless of how high tempers are flaring or how bruised an ego may be.
If you want your children to survive divorce without long lasting trauma, it's the only way.
Dr. Larry Waldman is a top Phoenix-area psychologist and a 7x author. He conducted a highly successful private practice of 45 years working with children, teens, parents, couples, and adults in a solution-focused manner. He also consulted with family, personal injury, immigration and estate planning attorneys. His BS in Education/Psychology was from the University of Wisconsin; his MS in School Psychology was from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; his Ph.D. in Educational/School Psychology was earned at Arizona State University; and his Diplomate (ABPP) was received in 2003.
His latest book, Love Your Child More Than You Hate Your Ex, is a must-read for any co-parent new to the divorce game.
Learn more about Dr. Waldman, here.
Your most requested podcast guest EVER - Former Real Housewife of OC's Meghan King - joins us on the podcast to talk life after divorce, learning to trust after infidelity, and co-parenting three children with ex Jim Edmonds.
Divorce after earth-shattering infidelity is hard, but living it publicly? That seems downright impossible - yet our podcast guest has handled her transition into single motherhood after a painful divorce with nothing but class, grace, and realness - and we love her for it. Meghan King, formerly of the RHOC, lived a very painful and very public divorce from ex Jim Edmonds who she now co-parents three young children with - one having recently been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She's inspiring, hopeful, honest, and all of the things you love her for - and she bared it all for us while on vacation by herself in the jungles of Mexico in between diving, hiking, and even a visit from a raccoon in the forest.
Meghan King is a writer, podcaster, and lifestyle inspirer. She’s also a single mom, twin mom, and mom of a son with CP. Meghan is best known for her resilience, positivity, and ability to turn lemons into lemonade after experiencing drastic change and trauma in the public eye. She was also a former cast member on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County. Follow Meghan's incredible journey, here.
Understanding your triggers can mean the difference between a peaceful life well-lived and living in a constant state of anger and resentment. Does your ex seem to trigger you in all the worst ways, all of the time? Same, or at least this used to be the case, before I really did the work to honor my traumas and truly understand what had the power to trigger me. Like with anything else, when it comes to understanding your triggers, knowledge really is power.
That's why I had Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Ilene Cohen - 3x award-winning author, and mom - join us to talk about all things related to feeling triggered, how to stop feeling so triggered, and how to make sure your triggers don't ruin your post-divorce and co-parenting life. Trust me, this is good stuff.
Dr. Ilene S. Cohen, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, author, and mother of two animated young girls. She is one of the most respected voices in the psychology of people-pleasing and navigating the difficulty of living an intentional life while trying to maintain fulfilling relationships. She is the author of 5 books, all of which have received awards and 5-star ratings from her readers. These include her most famous book, When It’s Never About You, and her new book, Anxious for Answers. She’s a regular contributor to Psychology Today, with dedicated readers numbering in the millions. Her books and therapy practice are fueled by a passion for helping people achieve their goals, build a strong sense of self, and lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. As president of her family’s foundation, Dr. Ilene oversees various initiatives geared toward creating better opportunities for those in need.
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She founded the wildly popular Boss Mom community. Her business continues to thrive and grow and affect the lives of thousands of women. Somewhere in there, she got divorced - but that didn't throw her off course - it simply changed her and fueled her fire even more.
Dana Malstaff is a boss in every sense of the word, and in this episode, she's sharing with us how she has handled her recent divorce and continued on thriving, despite the transition into a whole new life with two children in tow.
Dana Malstaff is the founder and CEO of Boss Mom, a community of passionate moms and entrepreneurs. Dana is a mother but also a brand and content strategist, podcaster, author, speaker and coach. Learn more about this amazing woman, here.
How the hell am I going to survive after divorce? Can I do this? Can I take care of myself? And what about co-parenting? If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions, you've come to the right place, because Maria Hunt, the brains behind popular Instagram account Unicorn Moms, shares her story and more.
Maria is a single mama of two boys living in California. After leaving the corporate world, she founded Unicorn Moms, an online and real world social community conceived and created to give and get the real-scoop on anything and everything “Mom,” from the miraculous benefits of coconut oil to the number of shots it takes to ovulate. "It’s truly a movement of moms who fully support one another; we do not allow “judgeiness,” “mean-moms,” or negativity. More than just moms talking about mom-stuff, we also love to meet, have fun and laugh! We have grown to over 300K across all social media and have state wide groups as well. Come and join our community."
Talking to our kids about divorce is important - but also, slightly confusing and overwhelming, if we're being honest. That's why we're chatting with Chicago-based Family Law Attorney Eva Matela Kogut of Kogut & Wilson.
In this episode of Moms Moving On, we're talking about:
- How to broach these important conversations with our kids
- How to get on the same page with your ex when it comes to the kids
- What to say to your family
Eva is an award-winning family law attorney who is committed to helping people achieve the best possible results in their personal circumstances. She is available to address how unique family challenges may be resolved and what each path may look like by educating on the different approaches available in order to best meet a family’s unique needs.
Eva is trained in litigation, mediation and collaborative divorce, the latter of which is a process she believes is often a great alternative to the traditional divorce process. You can learn more about Eva, here.
Maybe you know her as the beautiful woman who first stepped onto the NJ housewife scene back in 2016. Or maybe you're intrigued by her amazing ability to stay out of the drama that doesn't involve her. Or maybe you're drawn in by her fierce loyalty and badass sense of humor.
For us divorced mamas though, it's always been her fierce commitment to co-parenting and putting her kids first that has kept her on our short list of favorite Bravo housewives. Her kids being the reason, she says, for choosing to let her ex-husband live with her despite his infidelity that ruined their marriage.
"Someone's always gotta be the bigger person in divorce," Dolores shared. And that might be the best co-parenting advice we've received yet.
Dolores Catania is a mother, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and the living embodiment of a modern-day housewife. She has worked tirelessly to ensure a cohesive family unit with her two children and ex-husband turned business partner, Frank. With her daughter, Gabrielle, studying in veterinary school and her son, Frankie, away at college aspiring to be an investment banker, “Dolo” keeps herself more than busy with work, her many rescue pets and by fueling her passion for helping the community. Staying true to her humble beginnings, she earned the key to her hometown of Paterson, NJ for her deep commitment to improving the city. Her involvement with organizations such as St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Maimonides Breast Center, Halfway Home Animal Rescue Team, Angels for Animals Network, multiple local women’s and children’s shelters helps her live out her motto of “everyone has something to give.”
The dating app profile picture - how much is too much? The dating app profile bio - less is more or tell all? How do I get past the fear of putting myself back out there again? In this episode of Moms Moving On, psychotherapist-turned-dating coach Melanie Hersch helps answer all of those online dating questions that so many divorced mamas and more.
Melanie Hersch is a psychotherapist turned dating coach who teaches singles how to rewire the unconscious patterns that have been preventing them from having the love they want.
Melanie believes that dating and relationships are some of the most powerful catalysts for personal growth. Her approach isn't focused on how to 'get' the person you want... but on how to become the person who easily attracts love in. Her unique approach blends psychology, spirituality, and energetics to help her clients increase their self esteem, know their worth, and easily attract healthy love into their lives!
Her work has been featured in Oprah's O Magazine.
Click here to learn more about Melanie!
New motherhood can be a scary world for some - even scarier if you're also facing divorce at the same time. Jen Schwartz, the postpartum depression warrior behind Motherhood Understood, joins us to chat about dealing with some pretty heavy emotions many women face as they ease into motherhood and divorce at the same time.
Jen Schwartz, also known as “the medicated mommy,” is the founder and CEO of Motherhood Understood, a platform, community, and story-sharing hub for women affected by pregnancy and postpartum mental health issues that she created after surviving postpartum depression and anxiety with the birth of her son, and realizing just how many mothers suffer in silence like she did. She built Motherhood Understood to provide women and their families with education, resources, connection, and support so that no mother has to experience a mental health illness in isolation and all mothers get the help they need to feel well and thrive in motherhood. Jen is a professional speaker, writer, moderator, consultant, spokesperson, and thought-leader committed to shining the light on the darkest of places, where maternal mental health taboos have been hiding out, trying to make mothers believe they are not enough and all alone. In addition to running Motherhood Understood, a highly-engaged community of over 93,000 women, Jen recently launched Maternal Mental Health in Minutes, an educational video library breaking down pregnancy and postpartum mental health illnesses and their treatments. Her work and expert commentary can be found all over the mommy blogosphere and on popular websites such as Forbes, Healthline, The Mighty, Romper, Motherly, The Bump, Happiest Baby, and more.
Follow Jen here.
For years, Dr. Jenn Mann, author, psychotherapist, and host of Vh1's Couples Therapy, has helped couples figure out how to heal, how to move on, or how to heal AND move on.
In this episode, she's sharing tips on when to salvage the relationship, when to let it go, and how to communicate through it all - even as co-parents. You'll love her honest advice - especially about how to drag a man to the couples counselor's couch!
Dr. Jenn Mann is one of the most well known psychotherapists in the country. Most known as the host and therapist for VH1’s long standing hit shows Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn and Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn, she has appeared as a guest expert on hundreds of other shows including: The Today Show, The Early Show, Dr. Oz, Wendy Williams, The Doctors, The Maury Show, Steve Harvey, Access Hollywood, The Insider, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. She has a weekly column in In Style Magazine called “Hump Day with Dr. Jenn” where she gives sex and relationship advice. Dr. Jenn is the author of many best selling advice books including: The Relationship Fix: Dr. Jenn’s Guide to Improving Communication, Connection & Intimacy, SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start In the First 3 Years and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids which have collectively spent five weeks on the best seller list.
In the media recently, we've seen endless news updates about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's impending divorce, due largely in part to his struggles with Bipolar Disorder. Making the decision to divorce is difficult enough, but what happens when you are considering leaving a marriage where there are mental health issues present? That certainly adds a whole other level of difficulty and stress to the decision.
That's why I invited on my friend and top Florida family law attorney Lauren Grondski of the Law Offices of Lauren Grondski for an in-depth chat on how to get divorced when a spouse has mental health issues. We covered best practices, how to handle co-parenting, and which resources to consider when going through the divorce process with a spouse who has mental illness.
Lauren Grondski is the owner and founder of Law Offices of Lauren Grondski, P.A. She is a Family Law Attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. In addition, Lauren dedicates herself as a Guardian Ad Litem, advocating for children in the legal system.
Lauren specializes in Family Law, representing clients and mediating cases in a wide array of matters. Whether someone is going through divorce or separation, Lauren Grondski has become synonymous with handling some of life’s most unpleasant bumps in the road with complete compassion, care, and understanding. Learn more about Lauren and how you can connect with her, here.
It's not hard to view your divorce as the "worst thing in the world," especially when everyone around us tends to treat divorce like an ugly, horrible life change. This is where our podcast guest. Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, thrives most - in helping women find the light on the other side of divorce.
Learn, heal, grow is her mantra and we're getting a healthy mix of all three in this episode of Moms Moving On.
Dr. Cohen received her PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University. As part of her graduate training, she treated clients at the world-renowned Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Boston, MA.
Dr. Cohen was the recipient of the prestigious American Psychological Foundation Research Award for her doctoral research. Following her time at BU, Dr. Cohen completed her pre-doctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital Center and the New York University Child Study Center. After completing her training, she was asked to become the Director of the CBT program at Bellevue’s Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.
Dr. Cohen has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Women’s Health, Huff Post, Thrive Global and, Good Housekeeping.
Learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, AKA, the Divorce Doctor, her new book, and her amazing online course, here.
Dating after divorce can be hard - harder if you're not clear on what to avoid this time around. Expert dating coach, Bela Gandhi, from the Today show and Steve Harvey shared some amazing ways to ensure you're breaking unhealthy dating patterns as you set out to date after divorce.
We covered everything from the top red flags to look fo when dating after divorce, to narcissists, love bombing, and even how to look your best for zoom dating during covid. You'll LOVE Bela's refreshing take on finding love again.
Bela is the founder of the Smart Dating Academy and she's helped thousands of people find love through 1:1 coaching and her popular "love lab" workshops. She has an uncanny sixth sense about people, and what they need. Her intuition has been responsible for several marriages (and children)! The Huffington Post and Steve Harvey call her "The Fairy Godmother of Dating!"
Bela has been connecting people all of her life. Prior to founding the Smart Dating Academy, Bela worked for 12 years as a top global executive for Akzo Nobel, a large multinational corporation. Bela has two degrees from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Finance & German), and has been happily married for 20 years with 2 children.
Learn more Bela and her Smart Dating Academy programs, here!
What often keeps a woman stuck in an unhappy marriage? Money - the fear of not having enough, the fear of not being able to live independently, and the fear that her ex will "take everything."
Karen Chellew and Catherine Shanahan are doing some very important (and impressive) work in the divorce space - they're helping women answer these questions and understand their finances and create a clear plan of action for being able to take that next step into their independence. I learned SO much from chatting with them and I know you will, too.
Through their professional and personal experiences, Karen Chellew and Catherine Shanahan founded My Divorce Solution and have created a unique and comprehensive process that greets divorce in a whole new way – a way that empowers those who experience this major life transition. Our mission is simple: to help people move through the divorce process with financial clarity and confidence so they can make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.
Click here to learn how you can take control of your finances and move on confidently into this next phase of your life.
After finding herself wearing some serious stepmama shoes just a few years back, Jamie Scrimgeour, a former Child Protection Worker, realized very quickly that there just wasn't enough resources for women who needed help learning how to do the stepmom thing. Fast forward a few years, three stepkids, and one biological child later, and Jamie is working with women all over the world to help them stepparent with ease and confidence.
In this episode we talk about:
How to overcome some of the more common challenges of stepparenting
How to not take the little things personally
Understanding your role in the mix of ex wives and their children
Advice for enjoying it all
Jamie is a proud wife, mother and stepmom who has always been passionate about supporting others in living the best life possible. With a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a diploma in Social Services, prior to taking time off to welcome her daughter into the world, Jamie enjoyed her career in Child Protection.
Upon becoming a stepmom, she was disappointed at the lack of positive, solution-focused support for stepmoms. This motivated Jamie to start her own method of supporting stepmoms. In her blog, podcast and videos Jamie talks candidly about all things motherhood, step-motherhood, entrepreneurship and living a KICK-ASS Life.
Jamie is on a mission to inspire women to thrive amongst the tough stuff in life - whatever that may be.
Jamie’s content has reached stepmoms internationally and has been featured on popular blogging websites including The Huffington Post Divorce, About.com, Mum.info and the Motherish.
Learn more about Jamie, and her exclusive Stepmom Community here!
For the last 2020 episode of Moms Moving On, I wanted to go out with a truly inspiring bang, which is why I invited this amazing single mom of 3 on for a chat. Sheva Ganz not only left her marriage, she left an entire country and religion behind in pursuit of finding her own values and true moral compass.
She is now a single mom coach, therapist, and reparenting coach, and I am so excited for you to hear her story!
Sheva believes in every individual's innate capacity to heal, and seek a path towards discovery and transformation, lined with dignity, respect, trust, creativity and open-minded exploration. She specializes in the following areas:
- Divorce Issues
- Coping Skills
- Trauma Resolution, and more!
To learn more about Sheva Ganz, check her out, here.
"I don't think I'm going to be able to handle this," most women tell me at the start of their divorce process. And I can totally sympathize. Dealing with anxiety during your divorce process takes special attention, care, and strategy, and our guest on this episode helps with all three.
Day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment - that's how Dr. Erika Velez guides her clients when it comes to handling their anxiety and fear related to the divorce process. Dr. Erika has joined us for a second time to help listeners unpack all that is worrying them about the divorce process after what has been a truly challenging year.
Dr. Erika Velez has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child Psychology. Her passion lies in helping people understand themselves and take control of their lives, teaching (and learning), and has enjoyed working as an adjunct professor at Barry University and Albizu University in Miami, FL.
You can connect and learn more about Dr. Erika, here, and be sure to follow her amazing Instagram account, here.
The divorce process can be a lengthy one, so what does that mean for the children in the meantime. Who will they be with? When? WHERE?!
This is where temporary parenting plans become a game changer. A temporary parenting plan or custody agreement contains information about where your child will live and how you and the other parent will care for your child during the divorce proceedings. A temporary plan lasts until the divorce is finalized and the permanent parenting plan is in place. But wait, there's more, and this is why I invited family law attorney Lauren Hunt on the podcast to share her knowledge on the benefits of a temporary parenting plan.
Lauren is an Attorney / Mediator in New York State and has practiced exclusively in the field of Family / Matrimonial Law for over a decade. She understands that family problems must be resolved quickly, cost-effectively, and in a way that addresses the client’s short- and long-term needs. Lauren works to craft individualized solutions that are practical, realistic, and account for each client’s unique facts.
Her practice includes direct representation in a wide variety of family law matters and she also maintains a state-wide mediation practice. Whether the matter is resolved in court or at the mediation table, Lauren works with her clients to ensure that their voices are heard and values understood. She truly enjoys the work she does and the clients that she has had the privilege to represent.
Lauren was named to the Super Lawyers list in the area of Family Law from 2014-2020 and has received several other awards in recognition of her professionalism and advocacy in the areas of Family and Matrimonial Law.
Lauren's other involvements in the legal and non-legal community include: serving on several committees for the New York State Bar Association, sitting on the Board of the Shaker Heritage Society, and volunteering her time as both a foster parent and pro bono legal counsel for a local dog rescue.
Her greatest treasure in life, though, is her family. In her downtime, she can be found exploring a new hiking trail with her husband and son, cooking up big Sunday breakfasts, and dancing to “Baby Shark” for the millionth time with her son – Jack.
Learn more about working with Lauren, here.
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The divorce process does not have to be an ugly one, even when it involves parentage and financial decisions. That's where today's guest, divorce attorney and family Mediator Alison Spirito, comes in.
As a divorce attorney, Alison realized very quickly the benefit of ditching the divorce battle and focusing on coming to an agreement designed completely by the couple looking to uncouple. It's called mediation, and it's far less scary than it sounds.
Worried that you can't make it to the mediation table because of covid? Have no fear - online mediation is a common speciality for Alison, providing a comfort and convenience for the couples she works with.
Alison Spirito is a divorce & family mediator and attorney in Los Angeles, California. She helps families stay out of court and create sustainable settlement agreements that actually work for them. She enjoys working with parents, learning about their children and financial goals, and educating them on their options so they can make informed decisions that are right for them and for their families.
Alison is an executive committee member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Barristers/Young Attorneys Section, where serves as a liaison to the Family Law Section. Alison is also co-chair of the South Bay Bar Association’s Family Law Section.
Alison believes that court-free approaches are the future of resolving family disputes and has written several articles published on the benefits of mediation and collaborative divorce, co-parenting, the mental health of children in divorce, and why millennials are drawn to the mediation and collaborative approaches. Learn more about Alison, here.
Divorce can be a tricky process, of course, but what happens if your spouse has substance abuse issues or is battling mental health struggles and you fear leaving them because you don't want them to have time alone with the kids? That's where Rebecca Amster Cantor, Esq. MS comes in.
What sets Rebecca apart when dealing with this topic is that fact she is both a family lawyer and a marriage and family therapist. Her wisdom, strategy, and compassion for the children and families involved in the divorce process put her at the top of her game. What's more, her attitude towards divorce is extremely refreshing.
Rebecca was raised in Philadelphia, PA, where she learned to love cheesesteaks and Italian water ice. Always a high academic achiever, Rebecca attended Cornell University, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Trading snowstorms for tropical breezes, Rebecca moved to Miami to attend the University of Miami School of Law, graduating a proud member of the Cane family in 2000.
Always interested in children’s issues, Rebecca opened her own law practice in 2003, concentrating on the needs of children in Family Court. She rapidly began building her caseload and her reputation as a strong voice for children as a Guardian ad litem in Dissolution cases.
Rebecca returned to school and received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Ever the academic achiever, Rebecca was the first student in Nova’s MFT program to receive a 100% on the Comprehensive exam.
Rebecca’s practice, as always, remains very focused on meeting the psychological and emotional needs of children, and of families in Family Court. Rebecca finds great joy and personal satisfaction in helping families seek new function and practical solutions so that parents can move on from the fatigue of litigation and move forward to enjoying their children every day.
When she is not working, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her own two children, training for long-distance races, and Zumba classes. You can learn more about Rebecca and her practice, here.
Healing after divorce is not a linear process. Healing after divorce can sometimes feel impossible. That's why I interviewed Author and podcast host Karen Millon to talk about what true healing after a divorce looks like, and the secret to her own amazing divorce - even after leaving her marriage of 17 years for another man.
Karen, after 17 years of marriage, found herself in a predicament - she had fallen in love with another man, and knew she had to end her marriage in order to be truly happy. She boldly tells the tale of her divorce journey in this episode, and what led her to writing her first book, "An Amazing Divorce: What you Can Do For Yourself, For Each Other and for The Children to Achieve it."
More about Karen:
Karen Millon is a successful business entrepreneur where among several accomplishments she was the Co-founder and President of LifeLike BioTissue, Inc. in Canada. At the end of the winter of 2013, while traveling for work, and completely out of the blue, she met her soulmate. He was her perfect match in every single marker, but there was just one problem… she was married to a good man with two small children. In a matter of one day, she made the difficult decision to leave her husband of 13 years (18 years together). This story had the potential to become another cliché marked by betrayal, anger, and hostility. But instead, she and her ex-husband created something amazing.
Listen to Karen's podcast, Healin with Karen Millon, here.
Dana Michelle and her positive attitude about divorce, co-parenting, and life in general brings a breath of fresh air to this episode of Moms Moving On, and there's no way you can avoid feeling inspired by her!
About Dana Michelle Davenport, Esq.: Dana Michelle is the host of radio and television talk shows Dana Being Dana, new television show Finding Common Ground and Co-founder and Director of The Homecoming Challenge, a non-profit alumni giving campaign. A full-time practicing attorney and mother of two, Dana Michelle divorced in 2015 and unleashed a new lease on life.
About Dana Being Dana: Dana Being Dana is a half-hour talk show airing monthly on Naperville Community Television, Channel 17, via simulcast and on-demand video at NCTV17.com and via Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Store, Sound Cloud and Stitcher. Dana Being Dana is also a weekly radio show live on Facebook andintellectualradio.com.
Dana Being Dana is a show about the human connection, and engages viewers by encouraging, connecting, and inspiring others to live their very best lives. Ultimately, Dana Being Dana serves our community by spreading love. The show covers topics that matter to real people, and focuses on the core of what makes us human. Dana Being Dana is an inviting, inspirational, and even humorous platform to discuss friendships, family, relationships, music, mental health (how do you spot a narcissist?), and raising children. The show’s monthly messages challenge viewers to consistently show-up in their daily lives, support their circles, and celebrate differences.
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If you haven't already gotten to know Author and Coach Shaunna Lee, you'll not only get to know her well now, you'll also fall in love with her attitude and perspective on co-parenting and divorce. Shaunna has been married and divorced 3 times, and co-parents with two exes, so she sure knows a thing or two about making the best out of co-parenting life and letting go of anger and resentment in order to focus on her kids. Shaunna also has a kick-ass sense of humor and recently authored one of the most beautiful divorce books - check it out!
Shaunna has helped single moms walk through heartbreak and loss to create a new plan for starting again. She transforms their chaotic, frazzled and stressful lives into mornings where they wake up excited about what they get to do. She helps them discover more freedom, control and flexibility in a life that feels easy and fun!
Learn more about Shaunna, here.
You know you have to leave your marriage, or maybe you've already left - but you're still riddled with fear and not sure what to do to quiet those fears. That's where Breakup/Divorce Coach Matina Singh comes in.
Matina was 35 years old, with three young children, who were counting on her for stability, when she was in one of the most unstable moments of her life. For the first time ever, her life was hers and she didn’t know how to deal with it. One day at a time, she started defining herself, her values, and what was a “MUST” for her and her children’s lives.
Today, coming out on the other side of that roller coaster ride, she stand strong knowing that she has REFLECTED, RESET and RECLAIMED her life and wants to help other women going through similar situations, do the same.
Learn more about Matina, here.
Laura Wasser has represented celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Jimmy Iovine, Maria Shriver, and Stevie Wonder, but she maintains that divorce is the great equalizer — it terrifies everyone.
Laura has made it her mission to change the uncontested divorce process by creating It’s Over Easy, an online divorce service that gives divorcing couples an accessible and affordable resource to dissolve their marriage. The platform guides couple through the process of completing their family law forms, negotiating child and spousal support, creating a co-parenting agreement, serving the divorce petition to their spouse and submitting the final settlement package to the court.
It's Over Easy is changing the face of divorce by providing education, tools and support for families going through the process and making them available to everyone. Laura believes that by simplifying the divorce process online and sharing her vast experience in family law with her audience, couples are empowered to reclaim control over their own destinies.
Attorney Laura Allison Wasser (LAW) is an author, entrepreneur, and Family Law expert with over 20 years of experience. Having handled a number of high-profile, high-net-worth divorce cases, Laura Wasser and her team have developed an intuitive and simple process for uncontested divorces available to everyone.
She attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned a law degree from Loyola Law School. Laura participates in continuing education programs as a lecturer and panelist. She has also been a guest lecturer at Loyola Law School, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and University of California Berkeley Hall School of Law.
Laura serves on the Board of Directors-Loyola Law School, Board of Directors-Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Board of Trustees-Oakwood School, Advisory Council-Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and is a Member of the Executive Committee-Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Section and Los Angeles Bar-Family Law Section.
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Yes, you can co-parent with a pathogenic parent (a narcissist, borderline personality, or other difficult personality disorder), and you can even find harmony and peace for the kids if you do it right.
Dorcy Pruter, shows us how to shift the entire co-parenting relationship and create better, healthier outcomes for the new post-separation family structure. Dorcy is the Founder and CEO of Conscious Co-Parenting Institute, a Dorcy Inc. Company. Through reunification coaching and co-parenting education, Dorcy provides strategies and solutions for parents and children to reconnect, or stay connected, during and after a high-conflict divorce.
The primary focus of Dorcy’s work at the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute is high-conflict custody disputes involving “Parental Alienation.” Her goal is to help establish custody plans and co-parenting roles that encourage positive relationships between children and BOTH parents.
Working with both mothers and fathers, as well as attorneys and therapists, Dorcy has spent the last several years as a Family Reunification Coach and Custody Consultant. She has worked on numerous cases, nationally and internationally, garnering positive results. For a list of services Conscious Co-Parenting Institute can provide, click here.
Dorcy has gifted our Moms Moving On Community members with a free step-by-step guide to release the pain from betrayal, break-up, or divorce. Check it out in our community now, and if you're not already a member, sign up, here!
Divorce is up 34% during the Coronavirus pandemic which has made for a very delayed divorce process for some people. Julie Burton, writer and all around hilarious mama, was not one of these people, as she recently finalized her divorce - from home - hence why she was without pants.
Listen to how the divorce process worked for Julie during the pandemic, and what co-parenting her two daughters looked like during this time.
She’s one of the funniest moms in Kansas City. The surprisingly quiet and introverted mom of two puts an end to the “perfect” highlight reel of parenting we all see on social media. Julie tells us how it really is raising two daughters as a single, divorced mom in Overland Park, Kansas. She gives comic relief to moms, wives, and women around the world with her blunt and often embarrassing real-life stories.
Julie is a contributing author to the NYT Best-Selling anthology humor series, “But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low,” by A Bunch of Know-It-Alls and “Will Work for Apples,” by the Teacher’s Pets.
Julie is named one of the funniest parents by NBC’s Today Show, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post Parents, Good Morning America and Buzzfeed. She is a regular contributing writer all around the Internet.
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What if I told you the divorce process didn't have to be ugly? That it wouldn't have to involve a long, drawn-out court battle full of contention and toxicity? That's the beauty of collaborative law, and why I interviewed Greenville, North Carolina's FIRST practicing collaborative law attorney, Ashley-Nicole Russell, P.A..
Did I mention that she is only 34 and was already named one of the 10 best female attorneys in client satisfaction by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys? Yea, she's something special and I am so excited for you to learn from her.
Ashley-Nicole is dedicated to understanding her client’s needs and protecting their interests. As a child of divorce, she knows first hand the hardship and long-term effects of the traditional litigation model. She is committed to the Collaborative Divorce process outlined in the North Carolina General Statutes as a healthier alternative to litigation. Ashley-Nicole used the Collaborative Process in her own divorce, and she knows the success of the process first hand to preserve relationships and set the tone for a life of peace after divorce. She opened The Law Offices of Ashley-Nicole Russell, P.A. to help families navigate the emotional and legal aspects of separation and divorce in the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina.
Ashley-Nicole Russell is the first practicing Collaborative Attorney in Greenville, NC. She graduated from Appalachian State University, Magna Cum Laude, with a BS in Political Science and a BSCJ in Criminal Justice. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law. There she obtained her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Dispute Resolution Institute. Ashley-Nicole received training in Wilmington, NC with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is now a member of IACP.
Learn more about Ashley-Nicole, here!
Feeling stuck in your marriage due to personal beliefs? Letting your co-dependency get the best of you? Full of shame for having left your marriage?
Author and Therapist Edit Alaverdyan breaks it all down for us in this wildly empowering episode, and reminds us that doing the hard work on ourselves is always worth it.
Edit Alaverdyan born and raised in Hrazdan Armenia came to the US at age 9, from then on, she had a passion for humanitarianism and Psychology. Edit graduated from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Child Therapy. Edit conducted two years of her training at BHC Alhambra Hospital working with Acute patients in mental health distress followed by extensive experience with Eating Disorder patients. While working at Reasons Eating Disorder Recovery Center, she gained extensive experience conducting various groups and Psychotherapy approaches. Edit has been invited to several schools such as Cal State University Northridge and University of Phoenix specifically for her Psycho-educational courses and Panel speeches on individuals struggling with Grief and Loss as well as Depression. Edit has been known for her psycho-educational courses on various research-based practices. Edit is continuing her education with a Doctorate in Health Administration. She has been helping various mental health organizations consulting and implementing various programs by adding the approach to advanced study and research in the applied science and practice of professional management.
Edit Alaverdyan’s goal is to create a safe environment, instill confidence and provide emotional support to anyone that is struggling with mental health dilemmas. Therapy can certainly help manage your emotional stressor (e.g., traumatic experiences). Her Psychotherapy approach is well known for its gentle and empathetic approach to solving problems and creating tools for the clients that want to overcome anxiety, depression, lack of self-compassion, confidence difficulties, and several other crises.
Find her amazing Instagram account, here.
Dating is scary enough as it is - throw in a divorce and a few kid to the mix and you're all like "how the hell do I do this?!"
That's where Lauren Peacock comes in, Author of the bestselling book "Female. Likes Cheese. Comes with Dog."
Lauren joined us to chat about her own dating life post divorce and some of the top tips she swears by when you're trying to get back out into the dating world after a divorce. She released her debut book titled, "Female. Likes Cheese. Comes with Dog.: Stories About Divorce, Dating, and Saying 'I Do’” on Valentine’s Day of 2020. When Lauren was 23 years old, she got her fairy-tale wedding, but she soon discovered that a dream wedding doesn’t guarantee a dream marriage and got divorced at 27. Having found her second (and current) husband on a British dating site, she is an expert at online dating, recovering from heartbreak, and going outside of your comfort zone and offers practical tips for socially distanced dating during the pandemic and has had lots of even younger fans in Gen-Z reaching out to her for dating advice.
Click here to buy the book and learn more about Lauren!
You know you're unhappy. You also know leaving a marriage can be a lot of work. So what is a gal to do? That's where Kate Anthony comes in, and on this latest episode of Moms Moving On, she's holding nothing back when it comes to determining your next steps before divorce.
Kate Anthony is the host of the critically acclaimed and New York Times recommended podcast, The Divorce Survival Guide Podcast and the creator of the groundbreaking online coaching program, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?' which helps women make the most difficult decision of their lives using coaching tools, relationship education, geeky neuroscience, community support, and deep self-work.
Kate empowers women to find their strength, passion, and confidence even in the most disempowering of circumstances and helps them move forward with concrete plans set on a solid foundation, putting their children at the center (not in the middle) of all their decisions.
In addition to her online programs, Kate works privately with clients all over the world. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her teenage son (whom she lovingly co-parents with her ex-husband), their two dogs, and a handful of fish.
Life after divorce is painful - there's no sugarcoating it. Sometimes, a push in the right direction, peppered with a positive outlook, is all you need to get you on the road to divorce recovery.
That's where Wendy Sterling comes in.
Wendy Sterling is the leading Divorce Recovery Specialist and founder of The Divorce Rehab™. Wendy helps divorced women go from “I Do” to “I Did” to “I’m Done” and confidently creates a roadmap they design for what’s next! Prior to founding her company and program, Wendy established her 18-year career as a top-level advertising sales executive in the digital space, at the world’s most progressive social and lifestyle website brands (such as Who What Wear and Refinery29). After learning of her own unexpected divorce, she realized her divorce was a GIFT. She wanted to make a more profound impact in the world so other women see their divorce as an empowering experience that happens FOR them not TO them. She’s worked with countless women to transform their lives and create their next best chapter!
Wendy is a graduate of UCLA and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from The Co-Active Training Institute. She is also certified by the International Coaches Federation and just launched her own podcast, The Divorced Woman’s Guide™. Wendy is an author as well as an Advanced ThetaHealer and has been featured on multiple podcasts such as Beyond Divorce, Lead Up for Women, Marketing to Millionaires, The Divorce Survival Guide, Doing Divorce Right and countless others! She lives in Los Angeles with her two boys and dog, Max.
The best gift you can give yourself after a divorce or break-up, is the ability to set boundaries to protect your emotional well-being and avoid keeping you stuck. That's why I invited on the queen of boundary setting, Julia Kristina - a master in helping people move forward in life.
"We don't set boundaries because we don't want other people to feel bad." Julia says, "It's time to find yourself after this relationship."
And this episode helps us all learn the key ways to get back on track post-divorce.
Julia Kristina & Associates are a team of Vancouver-based Clinical Counsellors who have specialties that include treating Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Overwhelm, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief & Trauma. Learn more about Julia, here, and make sure you check out her new membership program, Shift Society!
It's no secret that getting divorced can get EXPENSIVE. In fact, far too many people stay in unhappy marriages simply because they think they cannot afford to get divorced. Our podcast guest Nicole Noonan is debunking that myth.
She is CEO and Founder of New Chapter Capital Inc,, a company that specializes in divorce financing assistance by providing funds specifically for individuals involved in divorce proceedings. Included in our divorce financing assistance, we provide funding for legal fees, and reasonable living expenses by funding you a portion of your expected settlement, enabling you to engage qualified attorneys and experts for your case.
Yes, you read that right. Her company will help you pay for your divorce.
For over a decade, Nicole has been revolutionizing the practice of matrimonial law and divorce finance. Recognized by New York Magazine as New York’s Women Leaders in the Law 2014. Nicole holds a BA from Boston College and a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. As a former matrimonial attorney Nicole is very familiar with the issues facing the non-moneyed spouse. She remains a member of the New Jersey Bar.
Nicole is a nationally recognized divorce expert. Crowned the “Fairy Godmother of Divorce” by the New York Post’s Julia Marsh, Nicole is an advocate for the protection of women and their rights. Nicole is a frequent featured speaker on Bloomberg’s “Talking Stock with Pimm Fox”. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Bloomberg TV, and WLNY’s “The Couch”.
The scariest part of divorce is that fight to the finish - the one where you're hoping to get everything you want, but the thought of having to negotiate and argue your way through it sounds as daunting as can be.
Enter Susan Guthrie, Esq, top family law attorney and mediator with over 30 years experience. It's her experience, coupled with her commitment to helping uncoupling couples work through "divorce in a better way," that makes her a stand-out in the divorce community.
And lucky for us, she's sharing her tips on making it to the divorce finish line - negotiations an all - as smoothly as possible.
You're going to love these tips, especially Susan's outlook on divorce being an opportunity - a good one!
Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for 30 years. Susan provides online divorce mediation and legal coaching services to select clients around the world. As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee. Susan recently launched her fresh and inspiring new podcast, The Divorce and Beyond Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. (www.divorceandbeyondpod.com) which debuted on iTunes' “Top Podcasts” List for self-help podcasts! Divorce & Beyond is focused on pulling back the curtain on the mysteries of the divorce process and bringing tips and resources to help people to thrive and shine in their new future beyond divorce.
Imagine living a few doors down from your happily married ex. Having Sunday dinners with them and their new blended family. Taking a 2-week trip to Africa together. Writing a whole divorce and co-parenting book together.
That's the magic of this co-parenting duo, Ben Heldfond & Nikki DeBartolo. After a few years of post-divorce drama, they decided life would be much better for their child if they could only manage to get along. So that's exactly what they did.
Over a decade later, they're both remarried, live on the same block, and have co-founded the "Our Happy Divorce" brand which includes the book on how they turned this divorce happy. It's a success story I truly know you'll love and appreciate!
Is divorce messing up my kids? Can the trauma of divorce on our children be avoided?
This may be the top question in all of our minds as we begin our divorce journeys. We want to shield them, protect them, and find a way to make it through so that they remain unscathed, and, if we're being honest with ourselves, that's the goal of all parents - divorced AND married.
This is why I invited Professor and Author of "Conscious Parenting of Your Toddler," Mihaela Plugarasu on for a candid chat about "messing up our kids." Having lived through a tumultuous divorce herself, and working through the effects of it on her own child, there is no better resource for this topic!
Mihaela Plugarasu, M.S., is an educator with more than 15 years of leadership, self- development and teaching experience. She is a mom, a co-parent and a college professor in Miami, Florida, who lectures in the United States, Europe and Latin America. She became very intentional about conscious parenting ever since her son was born and her life changed profoundly as a result of looking within. Mihaela is the first certified parent educator for parenting –by- connection in Florida, by Hand in Hand Parenting. In this role, she facilitates parent support groups, workshops, classes and individual work with families. Mihaela uses her ABC of conscious parenting to help parents get started on this journey: self-Awareness, Be-ing Present and Connection. She teaches parents to use listening tools and self – inquiry to connect with themselves and their children, especially when parenting feels hard. Mihaela is the founder of www.parentingmadeconscious.com, a community of conscious parents who come together for the purpose of learning, personal evolution and creating a connection-based relationship with their children.
Learn more about Mihaela, here!
What happens when a bad marriage is failing and holding you back from your hopes, dreams, and reaching your full potential? You start to drown. But drowning wasn't an option for Christine Michel Carter, who chose to swim - fast and hard.
Christine Michel Carter is the epitome of the single mom success story. With two young children in tow, Christine left an unhealthy marriage and stopped at nothing to be the strong, successful, working mom that her children deserved. She's now a 2x author, has been featured in just about every major publication on the internet, runs a successful consulting business - and so much more.
Hear how she did it - and her invaluable advice for single moms - in this episode of Moms Moving On with Michelle Dempsey-Multack.
Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. She has been called a “working mom who’s changing the world,” “the mom of mom influencers,” a “branding mastermind,” “one of the funniest parents on social media,“ “the exec inspiring millennial moms,” and “the voice of millennial moms” for her above-average social media engagement rates.
Christine is also the associate editor for ModernMom and contributes to ForbesWomen as a senior contributor. She has written over 100 articles with 500K+ views for several publications, including TIME and Parents. Christine clarifies misconceptions about working mom consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal truths. From delivering consumer insights and brand marketing content to helping HR and diversity teams attract and retain these hardworking professionals, Christine works with advertising agencies, research firms and companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers.
Visit her website here to read her articles, buy her books, check out her merch, and be totally inspired.
After a heartbreak that shook him to his core, Keishorne Scott did what all of the most emotionally evolved people in this world do best - he turned his pain into purpose, becoming the "Heartbreak Coach," as he's known on social media. Keishorne coaches clients through some of the toughest times of their lives - emotionally traumatic break-ups - and helps them learn the power in healing, shedding, and moving on - for good.
Keishorne got candid with us and gave us some serious insight into what it means to leave a bad relationship for good, and what's waiting for you on the other side when you do. My favorite piece of advice from the episode? It has a little something to do with crying - but I won't spoil the surprise.
Keishorn is also known for his amazingly powerful break-up quotes:
“My heart breaks for anyone who lays in bed at night and wonders why they weren’t good enough for the one person they would give the world to. But here’s the truth, it’s better to break your own heart by walking away than sticking around where love doesn’t exist. Be strong!”
Keishorne Scott is a Brooklyn native; an award winning community activist, bestselling author, speaker, breakup & heartbreak coach, TV Personality, and founder of Your Love Experience Intl.
Mr. Scott has been seen on Forbes, Good Morning America, ABC News, ABC World News Now, MSN.com, Yahoo! tv, Newsday, News 12, Marriage.com, Canarsie Courier, Rolling Out Magazine, and many high profile media outlets.
You can learn more about this incredible human and all he has to offer, here, and be sure to follow his wildly inspirational Instagram account, here.
Co-parenting and communicating? Even oil and water could mix better than that.
The truth is, it's hard to find your groove as co-parents, especially when finding your groove as married parents didn't really work out for you. After personal experience through his own divorce, Michael Daniels realized very quickly that there needed to be a way to improve communication strategies between him and his ex - and then he did the same for the rest of us! This was where the idea for the Fayr app was born, and lucky for the rest of us, it's become the talk of the co-parenting community, especially after Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed the app and became a head advisor for the company.
Fayr will help you communicate constructively, eliminate burdensome legal fees and documentation, and free up your time and resources for what matters most: your children. And the best part? It's useful even if your ex doesn't agree to use it.
Now a little bit about our amazing guest:
As a separated father of two young children, Michael found himself overwhelmed by the legal, financial and emotional costs of divorce on his family. After 20 years in the homebuilding industry, Michael hung up his hard hat to create a tool that would not just improve his family’s life, but would also help the other 55 million divorced co-parents in the US. Despite his success on the Apple tv show "Planet of the Apps" and partnering with Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael's guiding light remains the same: working everyday to be his best self for his kids.
Learn more about Michael, here.
Want to download the app for yourself and start making your co-parenting life a heck of a lot easier? Click here and use code MICHELLE to save 20% off!
Overnight schedules. Decision making for the children. Birthdays. Holidays. Doctor's appointments. There are SO many factors to consider carefully when creating a parenting plan. - only many of us don't know what to consider when putting together a parenting plan. That's why I consulted the expert of all experts, my husband, family court Judge Spencer Multack.
Spencer is not only incredibly knowledgeable on all things "co-parenting," - he is FAIR and truly understands both sides and their needs when helping divorcing couples figure out the best way to create a parenting plan after their divorce.
I'm lucky to be married to him, and everyone who appears in front of him in court is lucky, too. He not only has the expertise in his profession as a former lawyer-turned-judge, he's lived the divorce process himself, and has been co-parenting for almost 5 years now.
The Hon. Spencer J. Multack, a graduate of Syracuse University and University of Miami Law School, once known for trying cases against public officials charged with corruption, was first appointed to the bench in 2011. Since then, he's presided over domestic violence issues, criminal cases, and now in the family court, all things divorce, co-parenting, and making the best decisions for the children involved.
You know her from Bravo's Real Housewives of NYC latest season. You know that she's outspoken, strong, and beautiful. You know that she loves to have a great time. But what you don't know, is that like so many of us, she is a devoted single mother who is steadfastly committed to positive co-parenting.
Was it always so positive for her? Of course not, it takes all of us years to get to that positive co-parenting point - even for women as strong as Leah. If you saw Leah's interactions with her daughter's father, Rob, in one of the latest episodes of Real Housewives of NYC, you'd never think that their relationship ever involved resentment, fighting, and sadness. Right now, their relationship is gold, and for lack of a better term, they are GOALS.
Hear all of Leah's secrets to maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationships with her daughter's father, and also enjoy her juicy little tidbits about their past (you'll laugh your ass off), in this episode of Moms Moving On.
Leah McSweeney is a streetwear pioneer, female entrepreneur, cultural provocateur, influencer, and mother living in New York City. Leah became notorious in New York City for launching Married to the Mob in 2004, one of the first streetwear brands for women, by women. For Leah, MOB was a direct response to the male domination of the streetwear scene at that time, and she set out to prove that women could not only establish themselves as innovators, designers and influencers in the arena, but as consumers as well. She successfully brokered exclusive partnerships for MOB with some of the world’s most desirable brands, like MCM, Kangol, Barbie, colette Paris, Reebok, Burton, and Nike to make MOB a cult classic brand. When she is not building fashion empires, Leah brings her strong female voice and viewpoint to debates about pop culture, feminism, and sex as an advice columnist for Penthouse magazine and the co-host of the popular podcast, Improper Etiquette, as well as a contributor to Hypebae, Office Magazine, and Mass Appeal. As Leah continues to advocate for female empowerment, street culture and creative entrepreneurship, she also leans into lifestyle topics like health, fitness and breaking the stigma around mental health. Leah is currently raising her 12-year-old daughter in New York City. Learn more about Leah, here.
How do you know when you're ready to move on from your relationship? What does that look like, feel like, sound like? Well, it may come at a different point for everyone, but one thing stands the same our guest Tanya Zuckerbrot shares; "When you know, you know."
In this episode of Moms Moving On, Tanya talks about having the courage to leave her marriage, how she did it, and all of the amazing things that have transpired since making that brave move. "Work on your marriage first, before you leave. Give it everything," Tanya shares. "But if you've exhausted every option and it cannot be fixed, then that is a time to explore leaving."
There are so many stellar and thoughtful pieces of advice in this episode. You'll gain clarity, feel inspired, and your heart will have more hope than you ever realized possible.
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Naturally, because we're humans and crave affection, we're going to wonder how and when we'll find love again after divorce. I wondered it, and I hear from women on a daily basis who are worried they won't be able to let go and find love again.
Of course you can find love again after divorce, but there's a process to it, and Relationship Expert Sofia Robirosa joined us on this episode to break it all down for us.
Sofia has worked with couples and individuals for over a decade now. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, she has helped endless people rekindle their relationships and also find confidence to find love again on their own.
"When it comes to working with my clients, my ultimate goal is not to create an ongoing dependency but to empower them to sustain the gains they make autonomously. I give singles and couples the tangible tools they need so that they can leave my office with confidence that they can achieve their dreams on their own." - Sofia Robirosa, LMFT
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Regardless of whether you wanted the divorce or if it was sprung on you at the last minute, it's common to wake up in the aftermath of your broken marriage feeling, well, sh*tty. It's normal, but it doesn't have to last forever.
You do NOT have to feel like a failure, you CAN lose the guilt, and you WILL move on happily and with love in your heart - it just takes a little work.
Here to help us with this work is Self Worth & Confidence Coach Danielle Stoltz. She is empowering, real, and gives GREAT advice when it comes to finding value in yourself after a divorce.
You can learn more about Danielle, here, or follow her on Instagram!
Pop Quiz: What's the fastest way to drive yourself insane as a co-parent? Yup, you guessed right - it's trying to control what you can't: Such as, all of the things your child does when they're not with you. Sure, it feels completely unnatural as a mom to have no say over what goes on with the child you grew in your body when they're not with you, but, hate to break it to you, that's co-parenting. As long as your kids are safe and out of harm's way, then you need to back off before you make yourself nuts.
In this incredibly informative episode of Moms Moving On, we have Clinical Psychologist Dr. Erika Velez of The Mindful Corner giving us the tools to let go and let live - a co-parent's greatest secret weapon.
Dr. Erika Velez received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child Psychology, where my interest in the parent-child dyad grew. She is located in Miami Lakes, Florida and also host an incredible podcast herself! The Mindful Corner is a series of candid conversations with everyday individuals from all walks of life, who share real life stories of the human experience. Guests share their accounts of struggles and triumphs through life's challenges while keeping mindfulness and mental health at the core of each conversation.
Parenting in a 2-parent household is hard enough, but imagine you're doing it all on your own - while locked in your house with no more "village" to rely on. Yup, that's single parenting in quarantine - and it has been growing increasingly harder for parents all over the world as we continue spending an unusual amount of time in our homes.
If you're worried you're messing up your kids, not giving them enough of your time, and using the iPad as your co-parent, not to worry. In this episode I interviewed Evelyn Mendal, LMHC - an early childhood expert with an impressive amount of experience. Evelyn's insight can make even the most stressed out parent take a step back and give themselves a little grace, because you deserve nothing more than a break.
Evelyn is the founder of Hatch & Bloom, the company she founded to be able to help parents through their children's earliest stages of life. She offers 1:1 sessions, group sessions, and workshops/webinars that will make you feel like you aren't totally messing up this whole parenting thing.
In Episode 9 of Moms Moving On Podcast, we talk to "Ten Steps to Finding Happy" author Lindsay S. Weisner , Psy.D, about our feelings post-divorce. "It's okay to not feel good, and feel like garbage," Lindsay says, because that's reality and you have to honor your feelings. But how do we feel happy again?
The first step, according to this podcast, is to choose to find happy, and we couldn't agree more. Listen now for the rest of the steps and a truly insightful conversation on the idea of happiness.
Dr. Lindsay Weisner is a psychologist, the host of the Neurotic Nourishment Podcast, and a blogger for Psychology Today. Dr. Weisner graduated from Georgetown University in 1999 and was awarded a fellowship in Child and Family Development with the NIH after graduation. She received her doctorate in 2005 and went on to pursue her post-doctorate education at the American Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Weisner lives in New York with her husband, two children, and two cats who are obsessed with sitting on the computer every moment that inspiration occurs.
You've been with the same partner for years. Your fittest days peaked way before you birthed a few kids. Now you're breaking up, getting divorced, or adjusting to being single again with less than stellar confidence levels. AND worse, you're faced with the gut-wrenching thought of having to be naked in front of someone new after ALL THIS TIME. Ugh!
I get it. For me, this podcast interview with Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Catie Lynch, is personal. Having struggled with my own body issues and eating disorder for years, nothing sparked these bad behaviors up again quite like getting divorced. I placed way too much emphasis on the physical parts of me, convincing myself that I had to be as skinny as possible again in order to find a new relationship.
This was not smart, yet so many of us revert to this thought process in times of stress. The incredible Catie Lynch, who works with countless women on their struggles with body image and eating disorders, helps us all see past the physical, and focus on what really matters - the unique beauty of what makes you, you.
Connect with Catie, here, and learn more about how you can work with her.
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Think mediation isn't for you? Think again. Aside from helping you save money, mediation has more benefits than you may realize.
This week's guest, mediator Dori Schwirtz breaks down the all of the benefits of mediation for us in a way that makes this process seems like a no-brainer. As a non-practicing Attorney, Dori is the ultimate referee between divorcing partners, as she helps them achieve peace throughout a really tumultuous time. Statistics show that when two parties have the right to make their own agreement, they are more likely to see the agreement through to the end, unlike in a case where the judge decides for them.
Dori has been featured in Forbes, US News, Chicago Tribune, the Daily News, and more. You can connect with her here for more information about the mediation process, and don't forget to check out her great Instagram account, @divorceharmony. Enjoy!
In this episode of Moms Moving On, we chatted with Rosalie, the brains and experience behind Instagram's @thecoparentingcollective. With 20 years of co-parenting experience under her belt, there was no better person to chat with when laying out the best ways to transition into a new co-parenting lifestyle for you, your children AND your ex.
To learn more about Rosalie and the wealth of knowledge she has to offer co-parenting families, click here.
How am I going to do this? What will single parenting be like? Will my child develop anxiety? What will people SAY?!
Any way we slice it, the end of a marriage or relationship of any kind, is going to cause a healthy amount of anxiety. It's only natural. But when we don't manage these anxieties, moving on becomes an almost impossible task to complete.
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Ilene Cohen; a psychotherapist, professor, blogger and award winning author of the popular self-help guides, When It’s Never About You and It's Within You. Her work regularly appears in top psychology publications including Psychology Today and PsychCentral.
After graduating from the University of Tampa with a B.A. in Psychology, Dr. Ilene obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Both her books and her practice are fueled by her passion for helping people achieve their goals, build a strong sense of self, and lead meaningful lives. She is also guided by a passion for service and lends her time to multiple charitable causes around the world. Dr. Ilene resides in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young daughters.
We hear from moms all the time about their perspective on co-parenting and divorce, but this time we're hearing it from Damon Darienzo, who has been a single father to a 9-year-old daughter for seven years now.
"I am a man of strong family values who lives honest, carefree and in the present," Damon shares with us on his popular blog, Single Dad Magic. A business professional who has spanned a career in the government, business and military, Damon has worked for one of the world’s premier relationship management and conflict resolution firms and is trained to help others gain value in their relationships. He have a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. All amazing experience to lead him on his way throughout co-parenting, as it is his love for being a dad that is a true guide in all that he does.
Check out his instagram page where he shares daily insight and advice into the life of a co-parent!
She was divorced when her son was an infant. She lost an entire career that she devoted a decade to. Yet regardless of all that, she has always found a way to come out on top - every single time.
Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and founder of Boss In Heels. Having successfully climbed the corporate ladder for nearly 20 years, Heather Monahan is one of the few women to break the glass ceiling and claim her spot in the C-suite. As a Chief Revenue Officer in Media, Heather Monahan is a Glass Ceiling Award winner, named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and Thrive Global named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018.
Heather’s new book Confidence Creator shot to #1 on Amazon’s Business Biographies and Business Motivation lists the first week it debuted on Amazon. Heather is a confidence expert and is currently working with Fortune 500 companies and professional sports to develop confidence in the workplace and on the court. She’s also a member of Florida International University’s Advisory Council to further serve as a mentor and leader in the South Florida Community. Heather and her son Dylan reside in Miami.
You may know her as @mimosaswithmoms on Facebook on Instagram, but did you know that Abbey Williams was also a single mom at just 22-years-old while she was still going through school? One Master's Degree, an amazing husband, and (almost) 4 kids later, Abbey just might know the secrets to a productive co-parenting relationship AND the secrets to moving on.
Abbey Williams, MSW, LSW is a child behavioral health therapist, founder of Mimosas with Moms, host of the Mimosas with Moms Podcast, content creator, speaker, and mom of four. She has been featured by Parents, PopSugar, SheKnows, and Romper. Abbey's platform is designed to connect, support, and empower moms in all stages of their motherhood journey through shared experiences and normalizing the highs and lows of motherhood. Abbey has experience as a young mom, single mom, coparenting mom, blended family mom, and much more which gives her the ability to connect with many. Abbey and her husband navigate this crazy blended family life with four young children in Cincinnati, Ohio.