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Divorce doesn’t just affect the parents and children involved. From Co-workers and employees to friends, neighbors, and spouses, the toxic fallout of divorce and years of mismanaged conflict can touch us all, all over North Carolina and America, changing the way we approach the world. Veteran Divorce, Child Custody, & Family Law Attorney Ashley-Nicole Russell believes in a better way forward. Drawing on her personal and professional experience, Ashley-Nicole is changing the conversation around divorce and conflict resolution as a whole. Providing thoughtful insight into this culture of conflict and the statistical effect on children and adults while offering collaborative strategies at home and in the workplace. Divorce, Healthy! is your guide to mastering conflict resolution at home and in the workplace.

To inquire about speaking engagements, purchase your copy of Ashley-Nicole’s book “The Cure for Divorce Culture,” or to schedule your private orientation meeting, head to www.anrlaw.com. You can also find us on social media @ANRLaw. Find a better way forward, right here, on Divorce, Healthy!

Divorce Lawyer Ashely-Nicole Russell has law offices serving clients in Greenville, Raleigh, and Beaufort, North Carolina.

The insights and views presented in “Divorce, Healthy” are for general information purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information presented is not a substitute for consulting with an attorney, nor does tuning in to this podcast constitute an attorney-client relationship of any kind.

Divorce, Healthy‪!‬ Attorney/Author Ashley-Nicole Russell

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 13 Ratings

Divorce doesn’t just affect the parents and children involved. From Co-workers and employees to friends, neighbors, and spouses, the toxic fallout of divorce and years of mismanaged conflict can touch us all, all over North Carolina and America, changing the way we approach the world. Veteran Divorce, Child Custody, & Family Law Attorney Ashley-Nicole Russell believes in a better way forward. Drawing on her personal and professional experience, Ashley-Nicole is changing the conversation around divorce and conflict resolution as a whole. Providing thoughtful insight into this culture of conflict and the statistical effect on children and adults while offering collaborative strategies at home and in the workplace. Divorce, Healthy! is your guide to mastering conflict resolution at home and in the workplace.

To inquire about speaking engagements, purchase your copy of Ashley-Nicole’s book “The Cure for Divorce Culture,” or to schedule your private orientation meeting, head to www.anrlaw.com. You can also find us on social media @ANRLaw. Find a better way forward, right here, on Divorce, Healthy!

Divorce Lawyer Ashely-Nicole Russell has law offices serving clients in Greenville, Raleigh, and Beaufort, North Carolina.

The insights and views presented in “Divorce, Healthy” are for general information purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information presented is not a substitute for consulting with an attorney, nor does tuning in to this podcast constitute an attorney-client relationship of any kind.

    Female Divorce Attorneys Talk Collaborative Divorce and the Effective Modeling of Conflict Resolution Created for Children and Parents

    Female Divorce Attorneys Talk Collaborative Divorce and the Effective Modeling of Conflict Resolution Created for Children and Parents

    For decades, the family court system has done a poor job of showing children how to handle conflict and strife. In North Carolina, three women have set out to be generational chain breakers, modeling positive and effective communication through conflict resolution.
    On this episode of Divorce, Healthy!, host Ashley-Nicole Russell speaks with collaborative law attorneys Robin Mermans, owner of Road to Resolution, and Irene King, founder of King Collaborative Family Law. The trio delve into the significance of collaborative practices and the future of divorce law in general.
    Each attorney discusses her own tumultuous path with divorce and court proceedings that led them to study, pursue, and practice collaborative law. They all agree that collaborative practices don’t just help the separating couple remain civil, but also demonstrates to children and family circles how divorce can be handled with mutual understanding.
    “A divorce can be a way that you're able to move forward in a positive nature and in a healthy way for your family,” said Ashley-Nicole. “It can still be handled with respect. And I think that the respect aspect is such a large piece of this.”
    Tune in to this episode of Divorce, Healthy! with Ashley-Nicole Russell, Collaborative Attorney serving Beaufort, Raleigh, and Greenville, NC.
    💡 Featured Guest 💡Name: Robin M. Mermans
    What she does: Robin is an attorney, who runs Road to Resolution — Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Family Law in North Carolina. After going through her own relatively amicable divorce, Robin left her job at a Fortune 500 company to pursue law school and practice collaborative mediation.
    Words of wisdom: “Once I learned about collaborative [law], I was hooked. It was exactly what I was looking for. Two parties still have attorneys, so you're not in that unlawful-practice-of-law landscape. You're problem-solving, and helping people, ideally, close the chapter and start a new one in a healthy manner.”
    Connect: https://www.roadtoresolution.com (Website) | https://www.linkedin.com/in/robin-milo-mermans-b7b43723/ (LinkedIn) | https://www.facebook.com/roadtoresolution/ (Facebook)
    Name: Irene King
    What she does: Irene is the founder of King Collaborative Family Law. She found her way to collaborative law after decades of suiting up as a gladiator in family law each day and seeing families fall apart.
    Words of wisdom: “We can do really amazing things for families by keeping them out of the courtroom. We can keep them talking. We can ensure that their next chapter will be a viable one for the family, even if they have to reframe the way that they look as they move forward with their lives. It's completely possible.”
    Connect: https://kingcollaborativelaw.com (Website) | https://www.linkedin.com/in/irene-king-8829026/ (LinkedIn) | Email

    Connect with ANR Law⭐ To inquire about speaking engagements, purchase your copy of Ashley-Nicole’s book “The Cure for Divorce Culture,” or to schedule your private orientation meeting, head to http://www.anrlaw.com/ (www.anrlaw.com).
    ⭐ You can also find us on social media @ANRLaw.
    ⭐ Divorce Lawyer Ashely-Nicole Russell has law offices serving clients in Greenville, Raleigh, and Beaufort, North Carolina.
    ⭐ Find a better way forward, right here, on Divorce, Healthy! https://pod.link/1499736936 (Subscribe) in your preferred podcast app.

    • 39 min
    Why Collaborative Is the Most Effective Method for a Healthy Divorce With IACP President Lori Gephart

    Why Collaborative Is the Most Effective Method for a Healthy Divorce With IACP President Lori Gephart

    In this season of the Divorce, Healthy! podcast, we’re diving deep into the collaborative process. From mediation, to co-parenting, to top-notch resources for demystifying collaborative practice, this season is going to cover all corners of collaboration to help navigate divorce.
    Divorce can be a nightmare for all parties involved. That’s why Lori Gephart, President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), is on a mission to share the benefits of collaborative practice.
    There’s a great deal of fear and emotions that come with divorce. There are legal, financial, and emotional burdens that weigh down the people involved. Not only that, but many children face psychological issues after the process, often developing an ingrained fear of divorce. So what can people do to mitigate fear, find better co-parenting options, and foster a healthier, smoother process?
    This is where Collaborative comes into play. Collaborative practice is a healthier alternative to litigation. It promotes communication, builds on empathy, and works toward a shared goal. It also lowers conflict and addresses common fears that occur in the process. Lori says that “when fear walks into the room, we talk about what’s important to you.”
    So, how can you get involved in Collaborative practice? Through webinars, resources, conferences, and a global network of professionals, the IACP is educating people on the impact of Collaborative practice and why it’s so important.
    If you’re going through a divorce, the IACP can help you find mediation professionals in your area (like those at ANR Law) who can coach you through the process. If you’re a professional in the Collaborative space, you can become a member of the IACP and gain access to a vast network that is always willing to learn, teach, and work together.
    On this episode of Divorce, Healthy! host Ashley-Nicole sits down with Lori to talk about Collaborative practice and how it can foster a healthy divorce process.
    Tune in to this episode of Divorce, Healthy! with Ashley-Nicole Russell, Collaborative Attorney serving Beaufort, Raleigh, and Greenville, NC.
    💡 Featured Guest 💡Name: Lori Gephart
    What she does: Lori Gephart is a collaborative divorce coach, licensed psychologist, and the President of North Hills Psychological Associates, which is the first collaborative practice east of Raleigh. Lori was the first collaborative attorney to start directly out of law school in North Carolina, having studied under the first collaborative attorney in the state during law school. Now, she helps families separate and divorce without going to court for a healthier, more respectful divorce. Lori also started training with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) in 2011, eventually moving up to her current role as President.
    Words of Wisdom: “I do this work because I believe that it's healthier for children and families.”
    Connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-gephart-b203907/ (LinkedIn) | https://twitter.com/nhpawellness (Twitter) | https://nhpa.com/ (North Hills Psychological Associates) | https://www.collaborativepractice.com/ (IACP) | https://www.facebook.com/IACPCommunity/ (Facebook (IACP)) | https://twitter.com/IACPNews (Twitter (IACP)) | https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2936590/ (LinkedIn (IACP))
    Connect with ANR Law⭐ To inquire about speaking engagements, purchase your copy of Ashley-Nicole’s book “The Cure for Divorce Culture,” or to schedule your private orientation meeting, head to http://www.anrlaw.com (www.anrlaw.com).
    ⭐ You can also find us on social media @ANRLaw.
    ⭐ Divorce Lawyer Ashely-Nicole Russell has law offices serving clients in Greenville, Raleigh, and Beaufort, North Carolina.
    ⭐ Find a better way forward, right here, on Divorce, Healthy! https://pod.link/1499736936 (Subscribe) in your preferred podcast app.

    • 29 min
    Divorce by Website - Attorney Erin Levine Endeavors to Have Quality and Affordability With Hello Divorce

    Divorce by Website - Attorney Erin Levine Endeavors to Have Quality and Affordability With Hello Divorce

    The expense of divorce can be quite a burden, especially with today’s rising costs forcing us all to do more with less. Erin Levine, founder of Hello Divorce, is seeking to change that narrative.
    An experienced divorce attorney herself, Erin wanted to find a way to reduce the most expensive part of the divorce process — attorneys. She recognized that most divorces don’t require litigation. Instead, clients need a basic set of resources and support from compassionate professionals who can help make the legal divorce process as painless as possible.
    “The goal of Hello Divorce is to make divorce easier, friendlier, and a lot more affordable,” Erin says. “It doesn't mean that there won't be conflict. There's almost always conflict. But it doesn't mean that we need to ramp up the divorce such that we're battling it out in court.”
    She developed Hello Divorce to be a checklist and one-stop-shop for attaining divorce resources — from compiling documents, to mediation, to working with an attorney to draft and submit the final paperwork to court.
    Hello Divorce is customizable and can be tailored to fit each person’s particular needs. Its competitive pricing packages and à la carte services provide options that are typically out of reach for most people. Though the full suite of offerings is currently available in just a few select states, Erin plans to expand so she can serve more people.
    On this episode of Divorce, Healthy! host Ashley-Nicole sits down with Erin to discuss how Hello Divorce is driving change and creating space for more comfortable divorces.
    Tune in to this episode of Divorce, Healthy! with Ashley-Nicole Russell, Collaborative Attorney serving Beaufort, Raleigh, and Greenville, NC.
    💡 Featured Guest 💡Name: Erin Levine
    What she does: Erin Levine, Esq. is an experienced divorce attorney who developed her company, Hello Divorce, to help streamline, cut costs, educate, and reduce overwhelm for uncomplicated divorces. Her mission is to make divorce easier, friendlier, and more affordable.
    Words of wisdom: “[Divorce is] not an event. It’s a journey.”
    Connect: https://hellodivorce.com/ (Website) | https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinlevine/ (LinkedIn) | https://www.instagram.com/hellodivorce/ (Instagram) | https://www.pinterest.com/hellodivorce/_created/ (Pinterest)


    🗝️ Key Points 🗝️ Top takeaways from this Divorce, Healthy! episode
    Most divorces don’t need a litigating attorney. When there are two willing parties in a divorce, it’s often easier to come to an agreement without going to trial. Hello Divorce is a great option for those cases because it saves money and heartache.
    Reduce the overwhelm through education. It’s easy to feel lost when starting the divorce journey. Hello Divorce offers worksheets and checklists to help you work through the basics and manage the anxiety around the entire divorce process.
    Hello Divorce’s resources aim to democratize divorce in all 50 states. While Hello Divorce isn’t yet available across the country, you can use its worksheets to get organized no matter your location. Also, prospective clients can use Hello Divorce’s mediators, then use a local attorney to draft the needed documents.



    ⚡ Episode Insights ⚡[04:16] The goal for Hello Divorce: Erin wants people to leave her website with the ability to “reduce the overwhelm” and feel more comfortable with an uncomfortable subject.
    [07:03] Who can benefit from Hello Divorce: Erin gives an overview of the intended audience for Hello Divorce. It’s typically for uncomplicated divorces.
    [10:08] What to expect from a consultation: Erin breaks down the https://hellodivorce.com/our-process/ (Hello Divorce process) and how to best make use of the resources available.
    [14:43] The reach of Hello Divorce: Hello Divorce is not available in all 50 states yet, due to the different laws in each state. Currently, it’s available in California, Colorado, Texas, and Utah, with New Yor

    • 34 min
    Curing the Next Generation: Why We Need To Fix Divorce Culture

    Curing the Next Generation: Why We Need To Fix Divorce Culture

    Divorce, Healthy! was started to help people find a way to get through divorce in non-destructive ways. Ashley-Nicole Russell’s passion has inspired her personal mission statement: to change how divorce is handled in America.
    Ashley-Nicole launched the Divorce, Healthy! podcast with a monologue. In today’s episode, she shares a new reflection of her journey thus far in achieving her goals and changing divorce culture.
    “That statement grew over time. It started with my mission to change divorce in my small town, to my state, to my entire country. And I really want to make sure that I save families from the destructive effects of what happens during divorce,” Ashley-Nicole says.
    On this episode of Divorce, Healthy! Ashley-Nicole shares her personal experience as an adult child of divorce and as a divorcee, why she wrote her book “https://www.amazon.com/Cure-Divorce-Culture-Ashley-Nicole-Russell/dp/1732553807 (The Cure for Divorce Culture),” and how she’s a living example of what she writes.
    “As we say in the south, the proof is in the pudding, right? … In the book, you get a big view of what happened [in my divorce]. There are some things that are a bit unsaid. And then, of course, there's the finished product of me actually moving on, having my own family, and curing [divorce] in the ways that I can for the next generation,” Ashley-Nicole says.
    Ashley-Nicole reflects on child custody, support, the duty of HR and Alternative Dispute Resolution in divorce. Additionally, she touches on parental alienation, father’s rights, mother's rights and self-awareness.
    Through her own personal journey, Ashley-Nicole has learned how to heal past traumas and find her own way to a happy and healthy life.
    Tune in to this episode of Divorce, Healthy! with Ashley-Nicole Russell, Collaborative Attorney serving Beaufort, Raleigh, and Greenville, NC.

    💡 Featured Guest 💡Name: Ashley-Nicole Russell
    What she does: Ashley-Nicole Russell, Esq. is an award-winning family law attorney, author, speaker, and host of the podcast Divorce, Healthy!. She has created a new area of practice for family law in North Carolina and wrote the book, “https://www.amazon.com/Cure-Divorce-Culture-Ashley-Nicole-Russell/dp/1732553807 (The Cure for Divorce Culture),” which is helping to change the way couples divorce in the U.S. Her mission is to change how divorce is handled in this country over the next four years.
    Words of wisdom: “I have a beautiful passion that's fueling me. And that's to fix divorce in America.”
    Connect: https://anrlaw.com/ (Website) | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-nicole-russell-186ba844/ (LinkedIn) | https://www.instagram.com/anrlaw/?hl=en (Instagram)

    🗝️ Key Points 🗝️Top takeaways from this Divorce, Healthy! episode
    ★ Stigmas attached to divorce hurt children. Divorce as it has traditionally been viewed can have long-lasting negative effects on children that last into adulthood. This is why Ashley-Nicole knows it’s so important to change the culture of divorce.
    ★ Eliminate the battleground with divorce. Moving away from a litigation focus with divorce has opened up opportunities for parents to pursue shared parenting and allows families to come together and do what’s best for their children.
    ★ Model the behavior you want to see in your children. As a new parent herself, Ashley-Nicole has seen how important it is to model the behavior you want to see in your children.

    ⚡ Episode Insights ⚡[01:14] The monologue, part two: Ashley-Nicole reflects on the start of the Divorce, Healthy! Podcast. In this episode, she shares a follow-up monologue about her goal to cure divorce culture in America.
    [03:17] A personal passion: Ashley-Nicole opens up and shares her personal experiences as a divorcee and an adult child of divorce.
    [09:35] Divorce is evolving: Divorce is no longer a one-sided litigation-focused event. There are now many different options including...

    • 27 min
    Pay Attention, Corporate America: Custody Battles Could be Costing Revenue

    Pay Attention, Corporate America: Custody Battles Could be Costing Revenue

    The groundbreaking study is being released to addresses the impact that inequality in the United States Family Court System has on corporations. This is the most comprehensive research project of its kind that observes the effects that shared parenting and the court system has on not only families, but also corporations and communities.
    Companies are growing increasingly concerned about the negative effects of divorce litigation on their employees and families, including emotional hardship and mental health issues that lead to decreased productivity and time away from work. Additionally, subpoenas are causing taxing issues for companies to produce massive amounts of documents and testimony under these duress cases.
    Tune in to this episode of Divorce, Healthy! with Ashley-Nicole Russell, Collaborative Attorney serving Beaufort, Raleigh, and Greenville, NC.

    • 36 min
    How to Pick a Better Partner and Prevent Divorce with Bela Gandhi

    How to Pick a Better Partner and Prevent Divorce with Bela Gandhi

    On this episode of Divorce, Healthy!, dating coach Bela Gandhi discusses her successful career in matchmaking. Although it started as somewhat of a party trick, Bela’s ability to successfully match those around her eventually led to her passion. In 2009, she started the Smart Dating Academy, a coaching and consulting company that teaches people how to find the happiest and best loves of their lives.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
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13 Ratings

Truly Amused ,

So helpful

This podcast gets right to the heart of what you need to know when going through a divorce. Ashley Nicole asks such clear questions to her guests.

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Straightforward

I really enjoy the straightforward conversations and the approach to divorce that this podcast has.

But please, please, please stop referring to families of divorce as "broken." It is such an outdated and negative term.

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Insider Insights on Divorcing Healthy!

With so many podcasts talking about divorce out there these days, it’s hard to know which ones to listen to. This one should top of your list! Ashley-Nicole Russell is a leading collaborative divorce attorney who brings that insider knowledge and perspective to helping you divorce HEALTHY!

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