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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 mediation attorney, 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, Esq.

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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 mediation attorney, 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!

    Set Yourself Free with Forgiveness with Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, “The Divorce Doctor” on Divorce & Beyond #261

    Set Yourself Free with Forgiveness with Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, “The Divorce Doctor” on Divorce & Beyond #261

    The Divorce Doctor, Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, returns to the Divorce & Beyond podcast! Join Dr. Elizabeth and Susan Guthrie, Esq., for a conversation about the greatest gift that you can give to yourself – forgiveness.

    Forgiveness is a topic that everyone, divorce or not, needs to know more about because it is so powerful, yet so misunderstood. When the topic comes up, it can often sound like nails on a chalkboard. But, did you know that there are demonstrable mental health benefits to forgiveness?  It has been shown to elevate mood, and guard against anger, stress, or even depression.  Also, when you seek to forgive, it can have positive effects on all facets of your life. 

    Dr. Elizabeth joins Susan for an impactful conversation about how to forgive yourself (and others), let go of resentment, embrace compassion, and create a new beginning. Forgiveness helps you let go of a past that no longer serves you, and helps you move toward a more joyful future.

    Dr. Elizabeth Cohen is the CEO and founder of the online divorce course and membership Afterglow: The Light at the Other Side of Divorce. 

    Golden Nuggets from Dr. Elizabeth Cohen include:

    Dr. Elizabeth shares the amazing story about forgiveness that inspired this episode
    Forgiving is a process - it’s not linear,  it’s not fast;  it is work
    Stay away from JADE: Justify, Argue, Defend, and Explaining
    Forgiveness and resentment are not about the OTHER person, they are about YOU. You have the power to shift how you feel about the other person
    We acknowledge there are some things that are not forgivable - such as criminal acts or sexual assault
    You don’t have to forgive a perpetrator - but you may be able to release the power of resentment in your life
    Forgiveness is about your future

    This episode is an invitation to give yourself a chance to live anger or resentment free. Listen to give the gift of forgiveness to yourself today!

    About this week's special guests: Dr. Elizabeth Cohen

    Dr. Elizabeth Cohen is the CEO and founder of the online divorce course and membership Afterglow: The Light at the Other Side of Divorce. This 14-week course teaches women how to heal, grow and thrive after divorce no matter how difficult the process has been. Dr. Cohen also offers a monthly membership program. Dr. Cohen is also the CEO and Director of Dr. Elizabeth Cohen and Associates, a group private practice in the heart of New York City serving children, adolescents, and adults.

    Get more information on Dr. Elizabeth's Online Program:  AFTERGLOW:  The Light on the Other Side of Divorce here:  https://drelizabethcohen.com/afterglow/

    GET HER BEST-SELLING BOOK   "The Light on the Other Side of Divorce on AMAZON!  You can also purchase the book on the "Beyond Reading" page of the divorceandbeyondpod.com website which has links to ALL of Susan's recommended reading!

    Dr. Elizabeth's Podcast - https://drelizabethcohen.com/podcast/

    Dr. Elizabeth’s Website: http://www.drelizabethcohen.com

    Dr. Elizabeth on Instagram: http://instagram.com/thedivorcedoctor

    Dr. Elizabeth on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethCohenPhD

    Also mentioned in this episode:


    Moms Moving On Method - Apply Today for Michelle Dempsey-Multack’s Training for Divorce Coaches Program

    Rainbows For All Children
    The Divorce Doctor is in the House: Dealing with the Emotions of Divorce

    The Perfect Storm: What You Need to Know About Anxiety, Depression, Divorce, and COVID with Dr. Elizabeth Cohen

    TOXIC MASCULINITY: The Untold Cost For Men AND Women with Dr. Elizabeth Cohen

    RelationshipsOne Year of Covid: Dealing with Difficult Anniversaries with Dr. Elizabeth Cohen CohenLight on the Other Side of Divorce from Dr. Elizabeth Cohen

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    The Divorce & Beyond September Headlines Roundup with Susan Guthrie #260

    The Divorce & Beyond September Headlines Roundup with Susan Guthrie #260

    Ready to dive into the next installment of our Bonus Divorce & Beyond Headlines Round Up Monthly episode? Of course we had to touch on the cheating scandal surrounding Adam Levine that just broke yesterday.  We also share some insights into Valerie Bertinelli's sale of her wedding rings and shoes and the finalization of Dancing with the Stars, Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence's divorce.  The ongoing ugly custody battle between Jesse Williams and his ex rounds out our cases as the battling exes are at it again.  Susan shares the latest on these cases as well as some insights that might apply to your divorce. Think you have nothing in common with these celebrity divorces?  Think again!  Stars are people too!

    This month, Host and Leading Divorce Attorney, Susan Guthrie reviews some of the top stories from recent headlines and news about divorce, parenting, relationships, adultery and cheating, post-divorce co-parenting, high-conflict and more and shares some insights and lessons that you can learn from, and use, in your journey though divorce and BEYOND! 

    Get a behind the scenes look at some celebrity splits, high profile break ups and the stories behind the headlines from the Voice You Can Trust.

    In this month's Headline Round-up Susan discusses:

    Everything to Know About Adam Levine’s Cheating Scandal: The Accusations, His Statement and More.
    Valerie Bertinelli Selling Rings, Shoes She Wore in 2011 Wedding to Tom Vitale: 'Bad Memories Attached'


    Dancing With the Stars ’ Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence Settle Divorce
     
    'I Have Stayed Quiet For Far Too Long': Jesse Williams' Ex-Wife Says She Has 'Receipts' Ready After Actor Accuses Her Of Custody Games

    Listen in and you will never look at the Headlines and Divorce the same way again!

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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 a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and is the Founder of Divorce in a Better Way® which provides a curated selection of resources and information for those facing divorce and other life changes. 

    Internationally renowned as one of the leading experts in online mediation, Susan created her Learn to Mediate Online® program and has trained more than 20,000 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 career.  

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    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

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    Uncovering Buried Treasure: Finding Hidden or Missed Assets in Divorce with Financial Professional, Olivia Summerhill on Divorce & Beyond #259

    Uncovering Buried Treasure: Finding Hidden or Missed Assets in Divorce with Financial Professional, Olivia Summerhill on Divorce & Beyond #259

    Top financial expert Olivia Summerhill joins Susan Guthrie, Esq, on The Divorce & Beyond podcast. Together they discuss how to dig up the “buried treasure” of divorce and find those hidden or forgotten assets!  This is the episode that will pay you back for listening!

    Many people have items in their homes that are taken for granted. When was the last time you took an inventory of what you own?  There might be items you never considered that end up being marital assets. 

    Financial expert Olivia Summerhill returns to the podcast to share insight, information, and tips on how to search for the buried treasure of divorce. She invites you to hop on board her treasure-hunting boat and cruise the shoreline (and beyond) to find not only hidden assets but assets that may have been overlooked or forgotten. 

    Susan and Olivia also discuss why you should disclose all assets and liabilities before and during divorce, and explore how working with a professional divorce team can help you find valuable items sitting around or in plain sight. 

    Olivia Summerhill, CFP, CDFA, CMC founded a financial consulting firm dedicated to helping women maintain their lifestyles and thrive post-divorce by educating and empowering them financially.   Although Olivia's niche is celebrity and ultra-high net worth clients, she works with clients in diverse financial situations through her extensive pro bono work. 

    Some of the Golden Nuggets from Olivia include:

    Forgotten or hidden assets are usually right in front of you! Take photos around your house to jog your memory of what you have or were given
    Easily forgotten assets can include IRAs, season sport event tickets, gift cards, and even airline miles!
    Why you should know if there is equity in your home
    Today, there is more opportunity to hide assets AND more resources to help you find them
    What to know about cryptocurrency as a possible hidden asset
    Trust your “Spidey” sense! You know more than you think you do.
    What you need to know and consider about bank accounts for your children
    Be aware! Who may be involved in actively hiding assets 
    Why you want to disclose all assets before and during divorce

    This is an episode you’ll want to listen to more than once. Tune in to hear valuable information about how to uncover easily forgotten or hidden assets! 

    About this week's special guests: Olivia Summerhill

    Olivia Summerhill is the founder of a financial consulting company called The Summerhill Firm. She helps affluent women maintain their lifestyles and thrive post-divorce by educating and empowering them financially. 

    Her niche serves famous and high-profile women who need help navigating the financial complexities of divorce. Having a decade of experience in wealth management and private banking, Olivia dedicates her time to protecting women. She consults with financial advisors and works with their clients to help them avoid divorce mistakes. 

    Among numerous other designations in finance, Olivia is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Certified Divorce Specialist, and Certified Money Coach. 

    Olivia is often highlighted in Forbes, US News, MSN, and other media. She hosts a money coaching podcast called 'Divorce for Wealthy Women.' And currently, she is training for an Ironman to raise money for a non-profit that helps women take control of their finances. 

    *** GET Olivia’s Buried Treasure: Hidden and Forgotten Assets Worksheet! ***

    Website: https://www.summerhillfirm.com/

    Divorce for Wealthy Women Podcast:  https://www.summerhillfirm.com/resources/

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    Also mentioned in this episode:


    Rainbows For All Children
    What Impact Does Your ”Standard of Living” REALLY Have On Your Divorce with Top Divorce Financial Expert, Olivia Summerhill
    Your Favorite Guest Experts Share Their Most-Memorable Divorce Cases Part Two

    If you want to see the video version of the podcast episodes t

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    Why Divorcing with Respect is Your Key to a Better BEYOND with CCND’s Deborah Noonan and Jennifer Luise Champagne of CCND on Divorce & Beyond #258

    Why Divorcing with Respect is Your Key to a Better BEYOND with CCND’s Deborah Noonan and Jennifer Luise Champagne of CCND on Divorce & Beyond #258

    It’s Divorce with Respect Week! Attorney Deb Noonan and Therapist, Jennifer Luise Champagne of CCND join Susan Guthrie, Esq. to share insights into why divorcing with respect is essential to your BEYOND! 

    As families move through the divorcing process, parents are often focused on their emotions over their soon-to-be ex. Respect and kindness are the furthest things from their minds. Yet, the reality of divorce is that it’s not just about what is happening today. It’s also about looking toward the future. How you divorce today will have so much to do with how you live your life beyond divorce. 

    Leading divorce professionals from The Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce join Susan for this impactful conversation about respect, integrity, and divorce.  Deborah Noonan, JD, is an experienced family law attorney who for the past 20 years has limited her practice to divorce mediation and Collaborative Divorce.  Jennifer Luise Champagne, MA, is a licensed professional counselor whose career has been devoted to the emotional and parenting issues of divorce. 

    Respectful insights from this episode include:

    Deb and Jennifer share their thoughts about what a respectful divorce looks like
    The challenges of maintaining respect during divorce 
    Re-establishing integrity with your ex-partner and co-parent after separation
    Some helpful interventions or tools for when parties are having a hard time remaining respectful
    What you can expect from Divorce with Respect week from CCND, including online events and workshops

    Respect can be in short supply throughout the divorce process. But, it is possible to obtain. Listen to this episode to hear how to divorce in a respectful and dignified way! 

     

    Access Episode Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/003WnBcyxZ0

     

    About this week's special guests: Deborah Noonan, JD, and Jennifer Luise Champagne, MA

    Deborah Noonan, JD is an experienced family law attorney who for the past 20 years has limited her practice to divorce mediation and Collaborative Divorce.  After spending a number of years litigating divorces, and witnessing firsthand the harm contentious divorces cause families, especially children, Deborah decided to focus her family law practice on alternative methods of dispute resolution. As a mediator and collaborative attorney, Deborah works with clients to assist them in working out a settlement agreement in a cooperative and mindful problem-solving process that places great emphasis on reducing conflict, keeping children the focus, and empowering the parties to control the outcome of their divorce.  Deborah helps clients create quality solutions to meet their and their family’s individualized needs, bringing outside professionals, such as therapists and divorce financial specialists, into the process to promote a more holistic result. Deborah has had extensive mediation and Collaborative Divorce training and has presented on both topics at seminars and conferences.

    Website: http://divorcemediatect.com

    The Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce: https://gooddivorcect.com

    CCND’s Divorce with Respect Week: https://gooddivorcect.com/divorce-with-respect-week/

    Jennifer Luise Champagne, MA is a licensed professional counselor whose career has been devoted to the emotional and parenting issues of divorce. Over the past 35 years, she has focused her work with parents as they address the changing needs of their family; coaching parents as they share the decision to divorce with their children, creating parenting plans for the time of separation, and addressing communication challenges that impact parents and their children. Jennifer has received extensive training in mediation and collaborative divorce, as well as in co-parenting and parenting coordination. She is in private practice with offices in Shelton and on the shoreline in Madison and is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law.   Jennifer is the current president of

    • 40 min
    The Incredible Tale of One Mom’s Successful 10-Year Battle to Be Free of a Narcissist with Tina Swithin on Divorce & Beyond #257

    The Incredible Tale of One Mom’s Successful 10-Year Battle to Be Free of a Narcissist with Tina Swithin on Divorce & Beyond #257

    This week, Tina Swithin, author of Divorcing a Narcissist: One Mom’s Battle, re-joins Susan Guthrie, Esq. on The Divorce & Beyond podcast.  Tina shares her 10-year journey to protect herself and her daughters from an abusive ex-husband and her mission to help other women do the same! 

    In this episode, Susan highlights the value of Tina’s books, work, and journey.  There are so many lessons to be learned from her ten-year battle in a high-conflict divorce.  One of the most enduring lessons was how hard it was to protect her children’s safety and best interests in the family court system. But with tenacity and creativity in bringing proof about her ex-husband to the court, she was able to finally end her court battle and have a positive outcome. 

    Tina Swithin is the author of Divorcing a Narcissist (series), founder of One Mom’s Battle, and the High Conflict Divorce Coach Certification Program. Tina continues to champion children’s rights through her family court advocacy. Tina is working to raise awareness of the issues in the family court system and to educate the general public on post-separation abuse and narcissistic abuse. Tina is remarried and resides in San Luis Obispo, California with her husband and two daughters.

    Golden Nuggets and takeaways from this episode include:

    It only takes one person to create a high conflict case 
    Children are often the abuser’s pawns during a divorce
    Some of the most challenging times for Tina were when she had to learn the system, play nice while trying to maintain boundaries, and have her voice heard 
    In family court, it’s not what you say, but what you can prove. Tina shares how she was able to prove one of her ex’s lies while they were both under oath
    The paradigm of being the safe parent and handling the sometimes explosive feelings and emotions your children express in your presence
    The power is in understanding the narcissist’s patterns so that you can manage their behaviors

    Tune into this episode to hear Tina’s amazing journey and for examples of how you can promote child safety advocacy in custody decisions! 

    About this week's special guest: Tina Swithin



    Tina Swithin survived a “Category Five Divorce Hurricane” while acting as her own attorney in a high-conflict custody battle that turned her family’s life upside down for over a decade. While divorces are never easy, Tina quickly learned that divorcing a narcissist or other high-conflict individual escalates family law cases to levels that few can comprehend.


     


    During her ten year journey through the family court system in pro per, Tina went through a two-day trial, over 40 court dates and two full child custody evaluations. During this time, minor’s counsel was appointed, over twelve police reports were generated and a total of three child welfare reports determined that her ex-husband was a “moderate risk” yet did nothing to protect her children.


     


    In 2020, Tina Swithin founded, “Family Court Awareness Month.” Tina is the author of Divorcing a Narcissist (series) and founder of the High Conflict Divorce Coach Certification Program. Tina Swithin has been awarded honors such as the “Top 20 Professionals Under 40” and the “Top 40 Professionals Under 40” in several regional California newspapers. Tina resides in San Luis Obispo, California with her husband and her two daughters.


     

    Website: http://tinaswithin.com

    Books: https://www.onemomsbattle.com/tinas-books

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/onemomsbattle

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/onemomsbattle

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onemomsbattle

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tinaswithin

    National Safe Parents Organization: https://www.nationalsafeparents.org/

    Also mentioned in this episode:
    Rainbows For All Children
    How One Mom‘s Battle is Changing the Face of High Conflict Divorce with Tina Swithin

    If you want to see the video version of the podcast episodes they are available on The Div

    • 53 min
    Get Wise to the Tricks and Traps of Toxic People: Avoiding Narcissists and Sociopaths in Your Life with Former Investigative Journalist and Divorce Coach, Amy Polacko #256

    Get Wise to the Tricks and Traps of Toxic People: Avoiding Narcissists and Sociopaths in Your Life with Former Investigative Journalist and Divorce Coach, Amy Polacko #256

    Susan Guthrie, Esq. is joined by Freedom Warrior and Divorce Coach Amy Polacko on this episode of The Divorce & Beyond podcast.  Together they discuss critical information you need to know about the dangers that exist as you look for love.

    Amy Polacko is on a mission to teach women about the dangers of online dating and about the devastation toxic relationships can cause. The goal of this episode is to help listeners avoid toxic relationships, know the signs if you are in one, take steps to escape the toxicity and get to a place of healing.  Susan and Amy also discuss how to be your own investigative reporter when dating; including resources and strategies, you can use to research new potential partners and spot red flags.

    Amy Polacko is a Freedom Warrior committed to helping women live life on their own terms during/after a toxic relationship or divorce. As a divorced single mom, she is passionate about coaching women one-on-one and founded the empowerment group Strong Savvy Women to provide support, inspiration, and guidance to single women. Amy is also an award-winning journalist who sheds light on women's issues including divorce, domestic abuse, coercive control, and singlehood.

    Golden Nuggets from this episode include:

    There is a growing awareness of toxic personalities and relationships depicted in today’s media  
    Gaslighting: what it is and what it looks like in relationships
    Amy shares several red flags of a toxic relationship or personality 
    Distinguishing between love bombing versus someone trying their best 
    The importance of being your own investigative reporter when dating online
    Why boundary setting is an essential step in protecting yourself
    If you need some love bombing in your life, “Love bomb yourself.”  

    This episode will help you avoid toxic people, use your intuition, and be your own pitbull investigative reporter in love and in life!

    About this week's special guest: Amy Polacko

    Amy Polacko is a Freedom Warrior - and is committed to helping women live life on their own terms during/after a toxic relationship or divorce. As a divorced single mom, she is passionate about coaching women one-on-one and founded the empowerment group Strong Savvy Women to provide support, inspiration, and guidance to single women. Amy is also an award-winning journalist who sheds light on women's issues including divorce, domestic abuse, coercive control, and singlehood. 

    Her recent journalistic work has appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, NBC News THINK, and Ms. Magazine. After graduating from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Amy worked as a newspaper reporter for Newsday and was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team covering the TWA Flight 800 crash. She then transitioned to television journalism, working as a writer and producer in New York City. Amy was an award-winning on-air reporter in Fargo, ND, where she traveled to Kosovo for a series on the North Dakota National Guard, and in Philadelphia, where she covered the national D.C. Sniper story. She also headed up an investigative reporting unit in Albany, NY, where she uncovered consumer scams, crime, and government corruption as part of her I-Team Investigations -- one of which exposed a loophole in the state's sex offender registry. 

    Amy has spoken publicly on women's issues, empowerment and entrepreneurship at Yale University, the Women's Forum in Ridgefield, CT, the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, CT, the Hayvn co-working space for women, the Believe Inspire Grow national empowerment organization for women, and many other groups both virtually and in person. 

    Website:  www.freedomwarrior.info 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freedomwarriortribe/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freedomwarriortribe/

    Also mentioned in this episode:

    Rainbows For All Children
    Tindler Swindler
    Bad Vegan
    Inventing Anna
    How One Mom‘s Battle is Changing the Face of High Conflict Divorce with Tina Swithin
    TinEye Revers

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