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If you are facing a break up, divorce or any other significant life change then the Divorce & Beyond® Podcast is what you have been looking for! Nationally recognized family law and divorce attorney and mediator, Susan Guthrie, shares her 30 plus years of experience in the field to help you navigate the choppy waters of change and to thrive and grow into your new future. Susan and her guest experts share their experience and expertise to provide you with the advice and insider knowledge that others pay thousands of dollars for and support you with all you need to know to get through this difficult time an on to your new life BEYOND!

The Divorce and Beyond® Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq‪.‬ Susan Guthrie

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If you are facing a break up, divorce or any other significant life change then the Divorce & Beyond® Podcast is what you have been looking for! Nationally recognized family law and divorce attorney and mediator, Susan Guthrie, shares her 30 plus years of experience in the field to help you navigate the choppy waters of change and to thrive and grow into your new future. Susan and her guest experts share their experience and expertise to provide you with the advice and insider knowledge that others pay thousands of dollars for and support you with all you need to know to get through this difficult time an on to your new life BEYOND!

    The Great Equalizer: Laura Wasser on Transforming Divorce for the Better on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #335

    The Great Equalizer: Laura Wasser on Transforming Divorce for the Better on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #335

    Susan Guthrie welcomes one of the world’s best-known divorce attorneys, Laura Wasser, to Divorce & Beyond! In this episode, Laura shares her insights into the #1 cause of divorce, why prenup conversations matter, how divorce is and needs to evolve, and the future of the process. The conversation is an enlightening one, so don’t miss a moment! 
    Laura Wasser is an LA-based attorney specializing in California Family Law.  She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a law degree from Loyola Law School.  She has two young sons and resides in Malibu, California.
    You’ll hear:
    Laura’s thoughts on the leading cause of divorce 
    “Divorce is the great equalizer.”
    Critical topics couples should discuss to avoid future disputes 
    A significant part of a divorce attorney's duty is to resolve issues 
    Future of Divorce Proceedings: With Laura’s role at Divorce.com, she shares what she sees as the future of divorce evolving
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    About this week's special guest: Laura Wasser
    Laura Wasser is an LA-based attorney specializing in California Family Law.  She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a law degree from Loyola Law School.  She has two young sons and resides in Malibu, California.
    She has been named one of the California Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers and Southern California’s Top 50 Women Attorneys every year for the last 10 years (2012-2022).  In June 2008, Laura received the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law Zephyr M. Ramsey Award.  In 2011, she was the recipient of the Century City Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Award. In 2013 St. Martin’s Press published and released Laura’s book “It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself.”  Laura received the Brady Center Advocate Award and was honored by A Place Called Home at their 2016 Gala For The Children.  In 2019 Laura received the Justice award from the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice.
    She has made it her mission to change the face of divorce by serving as the Chief of Divorce Evolution with Divorce.com an online divorce platform which gives divorcing couples an accessible and affordable resource to dissolve their marriage in all 50 states. 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.Visit Divorce.com for divorce resources and information.It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself
    Laura previously on Divorce and Beyond:A Conversation with Celebrity Divorce Attorney Laura Wasser
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    Why Audible? Because we know that sometimes, you don’t want a book on display for everyone to see. Whether for privacy or convenience, listening to books, like podcasts, is a great solution. And that's where Audible shines!
    Not only can you enjoy our episodes on Audible, but also a wide selection of books authored by our expert guests, like Christina McGhee's 'Parenting Apart' and Bill Eddy's 'BIFF' and 'Splitting.'
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    • 42 min
    Divorce Gets a Glow Up: The Positive Pivot in Society's Divorce Dialogue with Axios Journalist April Rubin on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #334

    Divorce Gets a Glow Up: The Positive Pivot in Society's Divorce Dialogue with Axios Journalist April Rubin on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #334

    This week on Divorce & Beyond, Susan Guthrie has a refreshing conversation about divorce, shedding light on its evolving perception in American culture. With guest April Rubin, a breaking news reporter for Axios, they explore Rubin's insightful article, Divorce in America gets a glow up. 
    Through statistics and anecdotes, they unpack the emerging trend of divorce parties, the normalization of divorce in society, and its positive impact on individuals.  
    Join Susan and April as they celebrate the notion that divorce can be a transformative opportunity rather than a societal stigma, offering hope and inspiration to those navigating post-divorce life.
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    About this week's special guest: April Rubin
    April Rubin is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at Axios.
    Divorce in America gets a glow up, April Rubin
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    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: 
    HEADSPACE
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    MEET OUR CREATOR AND HOST:
    SUSAN GUTHRIE®, ESQ., the creator and host of The Divorce and Beyond® Podcast, is nationally recognized as one of the top family law and divorce mediation attorneys in the country.  Susan is the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and is a sought-after keynote speaker, business and practice consultant, coach and trainer. You can find out more about Susan and her services here:  https://neon.page/susanguthrie
    Internationally renowned as one of the leading experts in online mediation, Susan created her Learn to Mediate Online® program and has trained more than 25,000 professionals in how to transition their practice online.  Susan recently partnered with legal and mediation legend, Forrest "Woody" Mosten to create the Mosten Guthrie Academy which provides gold-standard, fully online training for mediation and collaborative professionals at all stages of their careers.  
    Follow Susan Guthrie and THE DIVORCE AND BEYOND PODCAST on social media for updates and inside tips and information:
    Susan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susaneguthrie/
    Susan on Instagram @susanguthrieesq
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    We'd really appreciate it if you would give us a 5 Star Rating and tell us what you like about the show in a review - your feedback really matters to us! 
    You can get in touch with Susan at divorceandbeyondpod@gmail.com. 
    Don't forget to visit the webpage www.divorceandbeyondpod.com and sign up for the free NEWSLETTER to receive a special welcome video from Susan and more!!
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    DISCLAIMER:  THE COMMENTARY AND OPINIONS AVAILABLE ON THIS PODCAST ARE FOR INFORMATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE.  YOU SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR STATE TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE WITH RESPECT TO ANY PARTICULAR ISSUE OR PROBLEM.

    • 20 min
    Unlocking Love's Lasting Secret with Bela Gandhi: Beyond Profile Pics and Dating Tips on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #333

    Unlocking Love's Lasting Secret with Bela Gandhi: Beyond Profile Pics and Dating Tips on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #333

    In this episode of Divorce and Beyond with host Susan Guthrie, we're joined by the amazing Bela Gandhi, a leading relationship expert. Bela shares essential insights on sustainable, loving relationships as we wind down the peak dating season and approach Valentine's Day.
    Whether you're navigating the complexities of dating after divorce or seeking to enhance your current relationship, Bela offers invaluable advice and strategies for building lasting relationships. Discovering that perfect match can be akin to finding the lid to your pot. Bela’s insights will illuminate the path forward, empowering you to create meaningful connections and lasting love.
    Topics and Golden Nuggets:
    The four horsemen of conflict and how they can be predictive of divorce 
    What makes a relationship have longevity: turning toward each other instead of turning away
    Self-awareness can help communication between partners: “Understand yourself and your irritants, then be able to acknowledge and communicate those [to your partner] and have coping strategies too.”
    How to counter predictive outcomes of divorce or a breakup 
    “Lust is nature’s way of tricking you into attachments.”
    “Think about all the people who truly love you in your life. And know that number one, you are loved. And number two, you are loved by many people.  Bathe in that this Valentine's Day.” 
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    About this week's special guest: Bela Gandhi
    Bela Gandhi of Smart Dating Academy is a nationally acclaimed dating & relationship expert.  SDA offers the best tips to start to date smarter to help you find real and lasting love.  Bela is a sought-after correspondent and works with all major networks including Good Morning America, Steve Harvey, NBC, Harry Connick Junior, Kelly Clarkson, ABC, FOX, CNN, JET, Essence, Forbes, WGN, and more.
    Smart Dating Academy:  http://www.smartdatingacademy.comSmart Dating Academy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smartdatingacademy/
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    Episodes and Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Listen to Divorce and Beyond’s Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2023! These episodes have been a beacon of support and guidance for many, and now, you can easily access them, too!
    Ready to be inspired? Just head over to https://divorceandbeyondpod.com/top-episodes to listen to these transformative episodes. Don't miss out on these empowering discussions!"
    Researchers who have studied over 40,000 couples can predict divorce with 94% accuracy, largely based on this communication error | Fortune Well
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    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:
    Recommended Reading and Audible: Divorce & Beyond is now on Audible, and to celebrate, we've got a special offer: One Month Free of Audible Plus!
    Why Audible? Because we know that sometimes, you don’t want a book on display for everyone to see. Whether for privacy or convenience, listening to books, like podcasts, is a great solution. And that's where Audible shines!
    Not only can you enjoy our episodes on Audible, but also a wide selection of books authored by our expert guests, like Christina McGhee's 'Parenting Apart' and Bill Eddy's 'BIFF' and 'Splitting.'
    Say 'Alexa, play The Divorce & Beyond Podcast' and start listening to the podcast on your Amazon-Alexa-supported device! 
    Check out Divorce and Beyond’s recommended reading. And explore a world of audiobooks and music on Audible for a whole month, absolutely free!
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    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE!  https://divorcebeyond.com/Sponsorship-Info
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    MEET OUR CREATOR AND HOST:
    SUSAN GUTHRIE®, ESQ., the creator and host of The Divorce and Beyond® Podcast, is nationally recognized as one of the top family law and divorce mediation attorneys in the country.  Susan is the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section o

    • 41 min
    Disney Dads and Marvel Moms: The Hidden Battle of Parental Competition with Christina McGhee on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #332

    Disney Dads and Marvel Moms: The Hidden Battle of Parental Competition with Christina McGhee on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #332

    Susan Guthrie welcomes back favorite parenting expert Christina McGhee to explore the prevalent "Disney Dads and Marvel Moms" paradigm and its impact on co-parenting dynamics. Christina shares valuable insights on overcoming the competitive mindset to prioritize the well-being of children amidst co-parenting challenges.
    Join Susan Guthrie and Christina McGhee as they delve into the intricacies of co-parenting relationships, providing listeners with valuable tools to transcend competition and cultivate environments conducive to the emotional well-being of children.
    Topics and Golden Nuggets:
    Thoughtful advice for unpacking the emotional baggage of co-parenting
    How co-parenting competition undermines family bonds
    Real-life examples of co-parenting competition and how it affects children 
    Practical strategies for co-parents caught in the grip of competition
    Addressing competition and insecurities introduced by co-parent significant others
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    About this week's special guest: Christina McGhee
    Christina McGhee, MSW is an internationally recognized divorce parenting expert, speaker, and author. While splitting up is undeniably hard, Christina believes divorce doesn't have to equal devastation for families. She feels with the right kind of information and support, parents have the ability to be a child's absolute best resource when families change. 
    Throughout her career, she has educated both parents and professionals on how to minimize the impact of divorce on children. In her book, PARENTING APART: How separated and divorced parents can raise happy and secure kids,  Christina offers parents useful strategies for dealing with the “real-life” everyday challenges of coparenting.
     One of her core beliefs is that divorce doesn’t make you a bad parent, it makes you a parent going through a bad time.  Because she is passionate about helping parents get through that bad time, Christina also maintains an active coaching practice that allows her to work with Moms and Dads all over the world.
    Most recently, Christina launched an online program, Coparenting with Purpose. Designed to provide moms and dads with an easy, convenient way to access critical information, it’s filled with practical tools and solutions for managing the most common coparenting problems.
    Additionally, she has contributed to several other media projects as a featured expert, a content consultant, and a writer/producer. Currently, she serves as a consulting producer and subject matter expert for the documentaries SPLIT: A film for kids and their parents and Split UP: The Teen Years, two compelling films that let kids know they’re not alone and normalize the many feelings and experiences children and teens encounter when parents part.
    Over the years, she has been featured on television, radio, podcasts, and in print around the US and abroad. A few places you may have seen her are TODAY Parents, the BBC, The Times, and Parents Magazine.
    Married for over twenty-seven years, Christina and her husband live outside of Houston, Texas. As a mom of four (two bonus and two bio) children, she has acquired extensive on-the-job training as a chauffeur, negotiator, short-order cook, scheduler extraordinaire, and finder of all things lost. To find out more,  check her out at divorceandchildren.com
    Co-Parenting Specialist Certification Training Program with Christina McGhee: https://divorceandchildren.com/co-parenting-specialist-training/
    Christina’s book Parenting Apart, Christina McGhee
    Christina on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/divorceandchildren
    Christina on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/divorceandchildren/
    Christina on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinamcghee
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    Episodes and Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Listen to Divorce and Beyond’s Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2023! These episodes have been a beacon of support and guidance for many, and now, you c

    • 41 min
    Starting Off On the Right Foot Financially in Divorce with Heather Locus, CPA, CFP, CDFA on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #331

    Starting Off On the Right Foot Financially in Divorce with Heather Locus, CPA, CFP, CDFA on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #331

    Navigating the early stages of divorce or contemplating it can be daunting. Financial concerns often loom large, adding to the overwhelm and confusion.
    Financial Professional Heather Locus joins Divorce & Beyond to address these fears head-on this week. Susan and Heather share invaluable insights on protecting your money and starting your divorce on the right financial footing!
    Their conversation emphasizes the necessity of proactivity, organization, and knowledge, particularly concerning financial aspects, throughout the divorce process.
    Topics and Golden Nuggets:
    Why pausing and considering discernment counseling before contacting an attorney can lead to a faster and less costly divorce.
    Despite initial fear, learning about finances during divorce can be empowering and manageable.
    Heather offers a golden nugget by offering advice about setting up a separate email for divorce communication, exploring mortgage options early 
    Understanding changes in tax laws regarding alimony and other tax-saving strategies can optimize financial outcomes
    Checking credit reports can help you spot outstanding debts or any joint accounts opened without your knowledge.
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    About this week's special guest: Heather Locus, CPA, CFP, CDFA
    Heather founded the National Divorce Practice Group at Corient to help divorcing individuals consciously navigate their divorce’s emotional and business aspects. From hiring the right fit attorney through their SettleSmart™ analysis, then implementing the divorce decree and auditing it annually, Heather ensures you have the resources you need to start your next chapter on a firm footing.
    Heather founded our Women’s Service Team in 2006 to help female executives and business owners, widows, and women transitioning through divorce. After going through her own divorce in 2011, she realized how much more we could do to support divorcing women and men with a practice dedicated to serving their unique needs. Heather is driven by deep empathy to help divorcing individuals have clarity and confidence in finalizing their divorce.
    A Forbes “America’s Top Women Advisor,” Heather is a nine-time “Five Star Wealth Manager” according to Chicago magazine, was named an “Influential Women in Business” by The Business Ledger, a “Top 200 Wealth Advisor Mom” by Working Mother, and an InvestmentNews “Woman to Watch.” Heather is an author of two books on divorce and has contributed to leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, Family Lawyer Magazine, and Divorce Magazine on multiple topics. She is a CPA, CFP® practitioner, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) professional and has completed intensive executive coaching and divorce mediation training.
    Heather loves learning from her teenage son and daughter and working with organizations she is passionate about, including After School Matters, The Lilac Tree, Between Friends, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    Contact Heather:l heather.locus@corient.com.  
    Financial Issues in Divorce: A Client Handbook: Heather's latest book written for the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys.
    Listen to Heather's prior episode of Divorce & Beyond:  
    5 Smart Strategies to Save Money in Your Divorce with Leading Divorce Financial Professional, Heather Locus 
    Negotiating Your Financial Future: Key Factors to Consider with Leading Divorce Financial Professional Heather Locus
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    Episodes and Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Listen to Divorce and Beyond’s Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2023! These episodes have been a beacon of support and guidance for many, and now, you can easily access them, too!
    Ready to be inspired? Just head over to https://divorceandbeyondpod.com/top-episodes to listen to these transformative episodes. Don't miss out on these empowering discussions!"
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    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:

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    Day One with a Divorce Coach: First Steps with Kelly Myers on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #330

    Day One with a Divorce Coach: First Steps with Kelly Myers on The Divorce and Beyond Podcast #330

    This week, Susan is joined by Divorce Coach Kelly Myers, shedding light on the immediate benefits a divorce coach can bring to your journey. In this episode, Kelly and Susan delve into the crucial aspect of 'what now' when divorce is on the horizon. Gain valuable insights on how a divorce coach can clarify and guide you through the journey.
    Join Susan and Kelly as they explore the transformative power of divorce coaching in this episode filled with valuable topics and golden nuggets for anyone navigating the complex terrain of divorce.
    Topics and Golden Nuggets:
    How a divorce coach can help bring clarity about your decision to divorce
    Selecting the right divorce coach for you: things to consider and questions to ask
    The role of divorce coaching in dealing with fear 
    Curating your very own divorce team 
    Why it is important to get out of unproductive communication cycles and get on a better path
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    About this week's special guest: Kelly Myers
    Kelly Myers is a dedicated professional with extensive training in divorce coaching, mediation, and co-parenting. With a passion for helping individuals navigate the challenges of divorce and separation, Kelly has established herself as a trusted advisor and advocate for countless individuals and families. Her expertise lies in providing invaluable guidance, emotional support, and practical solutions during what is often a tumultuous and emotionally charged period.
    Kelly is a Certified Divorce Coach, mediator, and co-parenting specialist. She received her mediation training through Northwestern University, the Harvard Program on Negotiation and the acclaimed Mosten Guthrie Academy. Kelly has also been trained by Bill Eddy in High Conflict Mediation and as a New Ways for Families Coach. She is passionate in her advocation of developing balanced co-parenting strategies to build harmony within the new family dynamic and is a part of the Co-Parenting Specialist Certification training team at Mosten Guthrie Academy. Kelly’s a graduate of the University of San Diego and earned her paralegal certificate from USD’s ABA approved paralegal program. Kelly believes that helping people navigate the divorce process through managing their emotions, creating a divorce support team, and getting clarity around positions and interests, allows people to use their divorce to build a strong foundation for their future.
    Kelly's website: https://firststepsdivorce.com/
    Kelly on Instagram: http://instagram.com/firststeps_divorce
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    Episodes and Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Listen to Divorce and Beyond’s Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2023! These episodes have been a beacon of support and guidance for many, and now, you can easily access them, too!
    Ready to be inspired? Just head over to https://divorceandbeyondpod.com/top-episodes to listen to these transformative episodes. Don't miss out on these empowering discussions!"
    Get Ready to BIFF Your High Conflict Ex with Bill Eddy
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    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:
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The Divorce and Beyond podcast has been on my top must listen podcasts for some time now. I discovered this podcast in my Beyond part of my divorce. Even though I’m 5 years in, I am always looking for ways I can improve and learn more to be the best coParent I can be. This podcast is a must listen for any stage of your divorce process - lots of great advice from a legal and professional level, as well as for relatability

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