Letting go and moving on after divorce? That takes guts, strength, and a whole lot of support. Author of the book Moms Moving On and Certified Divorce Specialist Michelle Dempsey-Multack, MS, and her guests are bringing you all three. Your divorce support village is waiting for you! Follow Michelle on Instagram @themichelledempsey
How to Have a 'Good' Divorce (Even If Your Ex Isn't On the Same Page) with Sarah Armstrong, Author & VP of Global Marketing at Google
As moms, we all want the same thing when it comes to divorce - a good one, if there even is such a thing. We want the amicable divorce, the friendly "I want the best for you," relationship with our exes because we know that will ultimately benefit our kids the most. But sometimes, it's only one parent who is in favor of a good divorce, while the other parent chooses anger and ego over anything else.
In this episode of Moms Moving On, good divorce proponent and author of The Mom’s Guide to a Good Divorce, Sarah Armstrong and I chatted about what it means to have a good divorce, what it takes to put your child first, and how you can still have a good divorce even if your ex isn't on the same page.
This conversation will have you breathing a sigh of relief as you realize that your good effort will not go unnoticed by your kids despite what your may do or not do. In fact, your efforts will make ALL the difference in the lives of your children.
Sarah Armstrong is vice president, global marketing operations, at Google and proud mom of Grace, who is graduating from high school in 2021. She is a mentor to other women in business, and longtime volunteer at various nonprofit organizations, including Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program and Trinity Table Soup Kitchen.
Prior to joining Google, Sarah was a partner at McKinsey & Co. and worked at The Coca-Cola Company in global marketing for twenty years, where she led Worldwide Agency Operations across 200 countries. Sarah started her career at Leo Burnett (Chicago) in Media. Sarah’s work has been recognized around the world, resulting in her being named one of Ad Age’s “Women to Watch” and included in Ad Age’s Book of Tens (“Top Ten Who Made Their Mark in 2009”).
Sarah was raised in Birmingham, Michigan with two younger brothers and happily married parents (for over fifty years and still going strong). She attended Georgetown University, as a scholarship athlete, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business Administration with a major in marketing. She was a four-year starter on the Georgetown University Volleyball Team.
Sarah loves traveling the world and has been fortunate to travel to 55+ countries. She enjoys exploring new cities with Grace whenever possible. Sarah lives in Atlanta.
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How to Handle Divorce and Co-Parenting When You Have a Child with Special Needs; with Therapist and Attorney Rebecca Amster-Cantor
Co-parenting a child with special needs take a little extra care and attention, and so does making sure your divorce papers and parenting plan reflect that.
In this episode of Moms Moving On, Rebecca Amster-Cantor, a therapist, attorney, and the GO-TO for all things divorce and family related here in Miami, helps break down how to handle divorce and co-parenting when you have a child with special needs. We spoke about a wide range of topics including:
- How to ensure both parents follow the IEP
- How to ensure the child's needs are met in both homes
- What to do if they're not met, and so much more.
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.
You can learn more about Rebecca, here.
Tips for How to Handle the Divorce Process (and Your Ex's Ego) with Family Law Attorney Seth Nelson
The divorce process may seem scary, but top Tampa family law attorney Seth Nelson of Nelson Koster Family Law and Mediation is sharing his tips for how to make an otherwise unhappy process much less dramatic.
On this episode of Moms Moving On, Seth and I chatted about:
- Making the divorce process work for you
- Dealing with high-conflict, ego-driven exes
- What's worth a fight, and what really could be let go
One of the best tips Seth shared on this episode? "Live your life, not your divorce."
Seth Nelson is a Tampa based family lawyer known for devising creative solutions to difficult problems.
“I have been through a divorce and have a young child. As difficult as the divorce process can be, especially when there are kids involved, things will get better,” he said when asked about the divorce process.
At Nelson Koster, the motto is “Helping good people through difficult times.” This is Mr. Nelson’s aim in every case, though how he works to achieve it varies greatly with each family’s unique situation.
From an early age, he has always wanted to help people. After law school he found that he could do the greatest good by helping people through one of the most difficult times of their lives. Being a divorcee himself, as well as a father, he understands what you’re going through.
Mr. Nelson focuses on Florida divorce law, Florida family law, and Florida family law mediation. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida’s College of Law. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable John C. Godbold, Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Returning home to Tampa, he then worked for other Florida law firms before establishing his own practice in South Tampa. Since 2008, he has been the sole shareholder of Nelson Koster.
How to Explain New Relationships to Your Children After a Divorce; with Early Childhood Expert Evelyn Mendal, LMHC of Hatch and Bloom Co.
Getting divorced is hard, no doubt, but no ever tells you about how it might feel when you or your ex spouse introduce your children to a new romantic partner. There are questions, lots of them, and you'll want to know just how to answer those - especially if things don't go as planned.
That's why I brought Evelyn Mendal, early childhood expert, back to the podcast - no one answers these tough questions quite like her. And in the process, she'll make you feel better, too.
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.
How Your 'Daddy Issues' Affect Your Relationship and Parenting Styles - And How You Can Heal From Them With Erin Morrison, Conscious Parenting Practitioner
If you've suffered a strained relationship with your father in your childhood, it's only natural that you may have some issues with your personal relationships in adulthood. Commonly known as 'Daddy Issues,' a term often thrown around for laughs, anyone who has said issues know that they are no laughing matter as they can be deeply painful and leave lasting wounds.
Conscious Parenting Practitioner Erin Morrison and I bonded over the fact that we both share these issues, and have worked really hard to overcome them in order to improve our parenting and personal relationships. In this episode, Erin gives GREAT insight into how we feel from these issues and how we can heal from them as well. She is trained by Dr. Shefali and brings a whole lot of love and passion to her profession.
Erin Morrison, MA, EDM, CPMCP is a Conscious Parenting Practitioner who helps moms uncover why they find themselves in recurring patterns of unhealthy relationships with their partners, their children and most importantly themselves. Erin received her degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and was trained in Conscious Parenting by the world-renowned Psychologist Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Erin uses a blend of western psychology, eastern mindfulness and a casual friendship-like partnership to help moms achieve the best feeling in the world: feeling comfortable in their own skin.
You can find Erin on instagram (@itstheconsciousmom) where she shares insights, support & her own personal experiences as it relates to conscious parenting.
Breaking the Toxic Relationship Cycle After Divorce with Psychologist and Couples Therapist Dr. Tracy Dalgleish
Breaking the toxic relationship cycle after divorce is critical to moving on in an empowered, productive way but can also be one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you've been in the toxic relationship cycle for years.
On this episode of Moms Moving On, I sat down with Dr. Tracy Dalgleish, psychologist and couples therapist to examine why we fall victim to unhealthy relationship patterns, and more importantly, how to break the cycle.
Because you deserve a happy, healthy, and fulfilling relationship after divorce!
Dr. Tracy Dalgleish helps empower women and couples to improve their communication and build strong and healthy connections with themselves and their relationships through therapy, wellness seminar, and her work outside of the therapy room.
In addition to hosting the podcast, “I’m not your shrink” where she dives deeper into clinical knowledge and research in a relatable and informal way, she has an online community, Be Connected, that helps women learn the key skills and tools she teaches her clients in her office every single day.
A mom of two young children and owner of Ottawa’s mental health clinic, Integrated Wellness, she knows what it means to balance the full load.
Follow Dr. Tracy's amazing Instagram account, here.