22 episodes

When you first consider changing your family configuration, whether it be divorce or legitimation or a custody action, and whether you've thought about it on your own or your spouse has raised the idea, your brain fills with an extraordinary amount of questions and emotions.
The purpose of this podcast is to answer as many of those questions as possible. We want to resolve some of the unknows you're wondering about, and alleviate the fear that comes from that.
You might not want people to see you listening to a podcast called “Untying the Knots” and we totally get that. For that reason, we are releasing this same podcast under a different title called The Knot Family Mystery. You can subscribe to and listen to that podcast and anyone who happens to see it on your phone will think that you’re a true crime lover and won’t know you’re listening to a podcast about divorce and family changes.
Our hope is that you use this podcast like a search engine by scanning through our show notes or on the podcast tab of our website to see a list of every question that we answer and exactly what episode and time you’ll find us answering your question. Our plan is to update this podcast several times a year, answering new questions (or adding to our answers from old questions) to create the ultimate podcast resource about changing families.
Between the two of us we have 45 years of legal experience and we've been involved in over 1,000 family law cases, including our own. We’ve handled same sex marriages, we’ve had clients who have been married and divorced to each other multiple times, we’ve helped people who’ve been married for two weeks and people who have been married for 30 years.
We practice law in Georgia and every state is different so we want to give you general information, not specific legal advice.
Welcome to Untying the Knots!

UNTYING THE KNOTS Dawn Smith & Kristen Files

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

When you first consider changing your family configuration, whether it be divorce or legitimation or a custody action, and whether you've thought about it on your own or your spouse has raised the idea, your brain fills with an extraordinary amount of questions and emotions.
The purpose of this podcast is to answer as many of those questions as possible. We want to resolve some of the unknows you're wondering about, and alleviate the fear that comes from that.
You might not want people to see you listening to a podcast called “Untying the Knots” and we totally get that. For that reason, we are releasing this same podcast under a different title called The Knot Family Mystery. You can subscribe to and listen to that podcast and anyone who happens to see it on your phone will think that you’re a true crime lover and won’t know you’re listening to a podcast about divorce and family changes.
Our hope is that you use this podcast like a search engine by scanning through our show notes or on the podcast tab of our website to see a list of every question that we answer and exactly what episode and time you’ll find us answering your question. Our plan is to update this podcast several times a year, answering new questions (or adding to our answers from old questions) to create the ultimate podcast resource about changing families.
Between the two of us we have 45 years of legal experience and we've been involved in over 1,000 family law cases, including our own. We’ve handled same sex marriages, we’ve had clients who have been married and divorced to each other multiple times, we’ve helped people who’ve been married for two weeks and people who have been married for 30 years.
We practice law in Georgia and every state is different so we want to give you general information, not specific legal advice.
Welcome to Untying the Knots!

    HOW TO START THE DIVORCE PROCESS

    HOW TO START THE DIVORCE PROCESS

    What are the warning signs a marriage is over? - 1:40
    I want a divorce. What now? - 6:59
    Is it really better to stay together for the kids? - 15:04
    What are the top divorce dos and don'ts? - 22:07
    How can I protect my family from an abusive ex? - 31:19
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    If you would like to listen to this podcast but do not want to have a podcast about this topic on your device, search KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY and you will find a podcast in the true crime category with artwork similar to this show. After about 30 seconds, the true crime intro to that show fades away and this exact podcast will play. Anyone who happens to see your device will not have any idea what the subject matter of KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY is.
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    We provide clients with rational, efficient, and effective guidance to resolve their legal disputes.
    We frequently meditate and reach agreement for our clients on any number of issues, including child custody, temporary and permanent support, post-divorce custody and support modifications and marital property division. We believe that people are more likely to abide by an agreement if they have a role in creating it. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your interests, our attorneys have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience and we are well prepared to stand up for you.
    If you are in Georgia and would like to talk about how we might be able to help you, please call us at 404-909-8300, or visit us online at smithfileslaw.com.

    • 35 min
    DIVORCE BASICS EXPLAINED - WHAT TO EXPECT

    DIVORCE BASICS EXPLAINED - WHAT TO EXPECT

    When will my divorce be finalized? 1:40
    How can I get a fast divorce? - 17:31
    What is the average cost of a divorce? - 18:43
    How do I protect my right to privacy during a divorce? - 20:51
    We moved to a new state, but I want a divorce. What now? - 24:19
    My spouse won't agree to a divorce. What should I do now? - 24:49
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    If you would like to listen to this podcast but do NOT want to have a podcast about this topic on your device, search KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY and you will find a show in the true crime category with artwork similar to this. After about 30 seconds, the true crime intro to that show fades away and this exact podcast will play. Anyone who happens to see your device will not have any idea what the subject matter of KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY is.
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    We provide clients with rational, efficient, and effective guidance to resolve their legal disputes.
    We frequently meditate and reach agreement for our clients on any number of issues, including child custody, temporary and permanent support, post-divorce custody and support modifications and marital property division. We believe that people are more likely to abide by an agreement if they have a role in creating it. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your interests, our attorneys have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience and we are well prepared to stand up for you.
    If you are in Georgia and would like to talk about how we might be able to help you, please call us at 404-909-8300, or visit us online at smithfileslaw.com.

    • 27 min
    DIVORCE BASICS, EXPLAINED: LAWYERS AND LEGAL FEES

    DIVORCE BASICS, EXPLAINED: LAWYERS AND LEGAL FEES

    How do I find the best divorce lawyer? - 1:40
    What are the best questions to ask a new divorce lawyer? - 4:57
    What should I expect from my divorce lawyer? How often should I expect updates from my attorney? What's the best way to get updates from my lawyer? - 9:10
    Can I use our joint account to pay for divorce fees? - 11:01
    Can I get my attorneys fees paid for by an ex? - 14:00
    Can I get divorced without a lawyer? - 15:27
    My divorce lawyer isn't doing their job. What now? - 16:49
    --
    If you would like to listen to this podcast but do not want to have a podcast about this topic on your device, search KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY and you will find a podcast in the true crime category with artwork similar to this show. After about 30 seconds, the true crime intro to that show fades away and this exact podcast will play. Anyone who happens to see your device will not have any idea what the subject matter of KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY is.
    --
    We provide clients with rational, efficient, and effective guidance to resolve their legal disputes.
    We frequently meditate and reach agreement for our clients on any number of issues, including child custody, temporary and permanent support, post-divorce custody and support modifications and marital property division. We believe that people are more likely to abide by an agreement if they have a role in creating it. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your interests, our attorneys have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience and we are well prepared to stand up for you.
    If you are in Georgia and would like to talk about how we might be able to help you, please call us at 404-909-8300, or visit us online at smithfileslaw.com.

    • 19 min
    DIVORCE BASICS EXPLAINED: WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU FILE

    DIVORCE BASICS EXPLAINED: WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU FILE

    Does it really matter who files for divorce first? - 1:40
    I’m ready to file for divorce, but what do I need to know about our finances? - 5:48
    I signed a prenup, but I want a divorce. Now what? - 11:58
    What percentage of divorces are settled out of court? - 16:21
    What is divorce mediation? - 20:31
    --
    If you would like to listen to this podcast but do not want to have a podcast about this topic on your device, search KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY and you will find a podcast in the true crime category with artwork similar to this show. After about 30 seconds, the true crime intro to that show fades away and this exact podcast will play. Anyone who happens to see your device will not have any idea what the subject matter of KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY is.
    --
    We provide clients with rational, efficient, and effective guidance to resolve their legal disputes.
    We frequently meditate and reach agreement for our clients on any number of issues, including child custody, temporary and permanent support, post-divorce custody and support modifications and marital property division. We believe that people are more likely to abide by an agreement if they have a role in creating it. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your interests, our attorneys have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience and we are well prepared to stand up for you.
    If you are in Georgia and would like to talk about how we might be able to help you, please call us at 404-909-8300, or visit us online at smithfileslaw.com.

    • 26 min
    NAVIGATING DIVORCE TOGETHER: HOW TO HELP KIDS COPE

    NAVIGATING DIVORCE TOGETHER: HOW TO HELP KIDS COPE

    We're divorcing, but I don't know the best way to tell the kids. Help? - 1:40
    We're separating, but need to tell our kids. What's the right thing to say? - 4:10
    What's the best way to tell our kids about a separation? - 7:04
    What should we consider when telling kids about a separation? - 8:49
    How will my kids react when I tell them about the divorce? - 16:16
    --
    If you would like to listen to this podcast but do not want to have a podcast about this topic on your device, search KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY and you will find a podcast in the true crime category with artwork similar to this show. After about 30 seconds, the true crime intro to that show fades away and this exact podcast will play. Anyone who happens to see your device will not have any idea what the subject matter of KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY is.
    --
    We provide clients with rational, efficient, and effective guidance to resolve their legal disputes.
    We frequently meditate and reach agreement for our clients on any number of issues, including child custody, temporary and permanent support, post-divorce custody and support modifications and marital property division. We believe that people are more likely to abide by an agreement if they have a role in creating it. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your interests, our attorneys have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience and we are well prepared to stand up for you.
    If you are in Georgia and would like to talk about how we might be able to help you, please call us at 404-909-8300, or visit us online at smithfileslaw.com.

    • 22 min
    MONEY CHECKLIST - HOW TO FINANCIALLY PREPARE FOR DIVORCE

    MONEY CHECKLIST - HOW TO FINANCIALLY PREPARE FOR DIVORCE

    Should I open a credit card in my name before filing for divorce? - 1:40
    Why is my soon-to-be ex asking for so much in the divorce? - 2:50
    Will my ex get to keep the engagement ring I bought? - 5:49
    Will I have to split my family inheritance during a divorce? - 7:19
    What's the best way to protect my assets during divorce? - 8:01
    I'm the family breadwinner. How much will my alimony payments be? (9:10)
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    If you would like to listen to this podcast but do not want to have a podcast about this topic on your device, search KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY and you will find a podcast in the true crime category with artwork similar to this show. After about 30 seconds, the true crime intro to that show fades away and this exact podcast will play. Anyone who happens to see your device will not have any idea what the subject matter of KNOT FAMILY MYSTERY is.
    --
    We provide clients with rational, efficient, and effective guidance to resolve their legal disputes.
    We frequently meditate and reach agreement for our clients on any number of issues, including child custody, temporary and permanent support, post-divorce custody and support modifications and marital property division. We believe that people are more likely to abide by an agreement if they have a role in creating it. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your interests, our attorneys have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience and we are well prepared to stand up for you.
    If you are in Georgia and would like to talk about how we might be able to help you, please call us at 404-909-8300, or visit us online at smithfileslaw.com.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Wm. Davis ,

Fantastic Podcast

As a family law attorney, Attorney Files and Attorney Smith have crafted a podcast that I’ve now recommended to 3 clients! The attorneys are knowledgeable, caring, and polished in their delivery on what is such tough issue for so many. Great work!!!!

LMKPR ,

Navigating parenthood without judgement

Stumbled across this gem of a podcast at just the right time in my life. It is so wonderful to hear two strong positive women talk about life as a parent navigating divorce successfully, through mistakes and all. You don’t have to be divorced, contemplating divorce or have come from a family of divorce to find value, laughter and strength from this podcast. Well done!

mbb Black ,

Excellent Advice and well thought out content!

While I am not considering a divorce, I find this content helps me gain perspective in my own marriage and dealings with our children. I recommend to all types of audiences!

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