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Getting Split Ready with Marya Carey Pleasant and Doug Katz

Getting Split Ready with Marya Carey Pleasant and Doug Katz

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Divorce is not an event, it is a process and, like many other processes, preparation and planning can make the difference between positive outcomes and disaster.

Getting SplitReady is your source for information on the issues and considerations that should be part of your plan. We bring you poignant, informative and sometimes humorous perspectives from top industry professionals and experts.

Join us for unscripted and honest discussions with our expert panels on top professionals and thought leaders about divorce and separation designed to get you SplitReady!
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Divorce is most often looked at as the end of something and the dismantling of a couple. That does not have to be the case. A change in perspective and intention can make divorce a time of growth and positive transition.Join us for a discussion on growth and positive change through divorce with Freddy Zental Weaver, co-founder of the TantraNova InstituteAlso joining the panel are Dr Elsbeth Meuth, co-founders of the TantraNova Institute, Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC and Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.comComments 
The concept of shadow work was introduced by Carl Jung as a valuable method for understanding the parts of our self that we keep hidden and suppressed. Divorce can often be associated with our darker, shadow selves and understanding and addressing this can be a valuable tool in healing. Join us for a discussion on the power of meditation during divorce with Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC. Also joining the panel are Freddy Zental Weaver and Dr Elsbeth Meuth,co-founders of the TantraNova Institute, and Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.comComments 
No matter how amicable a divorce may be, there is still stress. Add some conflict and the stress can go off the charts. Unfortunately, sometimes people can turn to destructive means for stress management. What if there was another way to cope? Well, there is. The power of meditation is amazingly effective and it can even help with post-divorce growth.Join us for a discussion on the power of meditation during divorce with Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law.Also joining the panel are Freddy Zental Weaver and Dr Elsbeth Meuth,co-founders of the TantraNova Institute, and Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.comComments 
Divorce is usually looked at as destructive and an ending. When looked at from a different perspective, it can be looked at as a transition and the creation of two new households, which may be a healthier.Join us for a discussion with Dr Elsbeth Meuth, co-founder of the TantraNova Institute, looking at divorce from a different perspective.Also joining the panel are Freddy Zental Weaver, co-founder of the TantraNova Institute, Patrick Kalscheur from Kalscheur Conscious Family Law and Theresa Beran Kulat from Trinity Family Law PC.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Divorce brings with it some major questions, especially with respect to housing.Is now the right time to list a home for sale?How much can I expect to get for my home if it sells?What can I expect want to buy a new home?Divorce Realty Pro, Josh Berngard, gave us some great info in this Getting Split Ready interview.
Like it or not, money is necessary to survive in a modern society. During life events such as divorce, however, the risk of compromising financial strategies or losing these assets can grow considerably. It is exceptionally important for divorcing couples to take the necessary measures to keep their assets safe and secure.Join us for a discussion on financial safety and security with Marya Pleasant CFP. Also joining the discussion is Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert, and Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral Health..Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
While it is important to manage the external factors during divorce such as finances, it is also essential to monitor and nurture mental safety and health. Join us for a discussion on internet safety and security with Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral Health. Also joining the discussion is Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
The internet can be a dangerous place, especially during times of change. The sheer amount of information in your digital footprint means that a breach or hack of your accounts can cause significant and widespread damage. You can be especially vulnerable during a divorce.Join us for a discussion on internet safety and security with Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert. Also joining the discussion is Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral HealthLet us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
The world can be a dangerous place, especially during times of change. There can be macro-change like the pandemic or micro-change like during a divorce. With a little awareness and understanding, you can greatly increase not only your safety and security, but your confidence as well.Join us for a discussion on personal safety and security with Divorce Safety Pro and SplitReady Co-Founder Douglas Katz. Also joining the discussion are panelists Joe Markovich, CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expert, and Angeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Vista Behavioral HealthLet us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
The Safety Show#Divorce is a tumultuous time and safety should be at the forefront of anyone's planning. These safety considerations should cover all aspects of your life as you navigate the divorce and transition to your new life.GUESTSJoe Markovich CEO of JCMA Inc and IT expertAngeline Schuller LCSW, MSW from New Visa Behavioral HealthTOPICSPhysical Safety and SecurityInternet and Technology Safety and SecurityMental SafetyFinancial Safety
There are memes galore popping up about the impact on COVID-19 and lock downs on marriage. Specifically, many are saying that there will be an imminent increase in divorces due to coronavirus.Join us for a discussion on the COVID effect with Sandra Crawford from Law Crawford P.C., Michele Traina from The Divorce Diaries and Hirsch Serman, MBA, CPA from Lifecycle Financial.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Limited sometimes means lesser, but not always. A growing trend in the divorce industry is in limited scope representation is actually providing divorcing couples different and sometimes more rich experience where they engage an attorney in critical points of their divorce, but handle much of the details themselves. This is especially popular when a budget is substantially constrained.Join us for a discussion with Sandra Crawford for Law Crawford P.C. on the merits and benefits of limited scope representation.Also joining the discussion are Michele Traina from The Divorce Diaries and Hirsch Serman, MBA, CPA from Lifecycle Financial.About Sandra CrawfordFor the past 29 years Sandra has dedicated her legal practice to educating and leading clients to the clearest path to resolution of their unique legal issues. She helps distressed families and partnerships move out of conflict using the most appropriate legal dispute resolution model, be that: the Collaborative Practice, mediation, limited scope representation or litigation. As legal disputes and status adjustments (like dissolutions of marriages or partnerships) can be costly in terms of money, time lost, and emotional stress, it is critical for people facing such life changing events to be educated about and understand clearly their legal options and the various paths to resolution available before proceeding.Sandra received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University in 1984 and her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in 1989. She has been a practicing mediator since 1994 and was among the first attorneys in Illinois to be trained in the Collaborative Law model of dispute resolution when the model was introduced here in 2001. Sandra’s areas of concentration are Family Law, Mediation, and Real Estate She works throughout Cook and the surrounding counties.Sandra has served on the nonprofit board of directors of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, where she has held the office of President. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Bar Foundation, which administers grants and funding for legal services agencies. She was a two term member of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly and Chair of the ISBA’s Women in the Law Committee. Sandra has been repeatedly nominated by her peers, evaluated and selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer – a group which includes only five percent of all the attorneys in her jurisdiction.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Although divorce and chaos often go hand-in-hand, it is very amazing how a strategic mindset can drastically change the divorce experience and provide much better outcomes. While this is exceedingly difficult, the payoff is well worth the effort.Join us for a discussion with Hirsch Serman, MBA, CPA from Lifecycle Financial for a conversation about planning and thinking strategically when facing divorce.Also joining the discussion are Sandra Crawford JD from Law Crawforn PC.and Michele Traina from The Divorce Diaries.About Hirsch SermanHirsch Serman, MBA, CPA founded Lifecycle Financial, LLC through his personal experiences related to divorce and an aging parent.  He has worked in finance for over 20 years (including financial planning and tax) and has taught on the university level as well as conducted seminars for high school youth on personal finances. Hirsch is a member of the American Institute of CPA's (AICPAs), the National Association of Divorce Professionals (The NADP), and the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM).Hirsch has been featured by several media outlets relating to work in and articles on Divorce, including: Inc., The Divorce Coaching Hour Radio show, DivorceMoms.com, DivorceMag.com, The New Southern, Funding Sage, and others. He was selected to be a New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Fellow. Hirsch has a passion to serve others and has worked with numerous non-profit boards including the United Way and is a trustee of Texas Collage.Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
The health and mental benefits of laughter and humor are irrefutable. Even medical professionals acknowledge that laughing can have an amazing impact of people dealing with stress and difficult times. Divorce is no different and the positive effect that humor can have on someone dealing with divorce can be astonishing.Join us for a conversation with comedian, performer and educator, Michele Traina, who brings humor to divorce through he show, The Divorce Diaries.Also joining the discussion are Hirsch Serman, MBA, CPA from Lifecycle Financial and Sandra Crawford JD from Law Crawforn PC.About Michele TrainaMichele is a performer and educator with over 15 years of onstage and offstage experience in using performance to help people, heal, grow, and learn. She earned a Theatre Degree from Adelphi University in 2003 and toured throughout the country for 5 years performing in various musicals and children's theatre productions and training at Upright Citizens Brigade. Michele earned a Master's in Educational Theatre from NYU in 2009, she was a teacher in Trenton for 3 years where she developed a performing arts program for urban youth in an alternative charter school. The school was shut down by NJ in 2012 and Michele took some time off to enjoy my newborn daughter Grace. Shortly after she started my own company Propbox Players designed to engage, excite, and educate using theatre for the youngest thespians. Geared towards infant to early childhood, Michele reshaped Propbox Players to be one of the only theatre companies that specializes in inclusion performances. This was inspired by my daughter's developmental delays and how cognitive development is enhanced through role play and movement. Propbox Players performances are interactive comedic retellings of fairy tales and original concepts. In going through a divorce, she took a theatre teacher position in Hoboken Public School district and earned a supervisor and principal certification in the state of New Jersey. As an educator, Michele has built relationships and collaborations with Broadway Licensing, McCarter Theatre, The State Theater, and multiple colleges that connected my students to artistic and academic opportunities. Recently Michele transitioned back to performing full time because of the success Divorce Diaries has had and opportunities to travel with the show throughout the country. Divorce Diaries is performed monthly in NYC and NJ and has been performed in Las Vegas, Chicago, Nashville, Huntsville, Birmingham, Naples, and Albany to name a few. It follows my post-divorce journey as a single mom teaching kids with special needs and dating men with special needs. The success of Divorce Diaries and Propbox Players offers with school districts and libraries showed me that it was time to leave a fulltime position as an educator for a school district and focus on my brands under my name. Michele is a performer and educator that uses humor to heal, grow, learn, and inspire one to live its best life.Also let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Divorce brings with it some major questions, especially with respect to housing.Is now the right time to list a home for sale?How much can I expect to get for my home if it sells?What can I expect want to buy a new home?Divorce Realty Pro, Josh Berngard, gave us some great info in this Getting Split Ready interview.
What can a women teach us about men and divorce? Apparently a lot.Listen to a replay of my discussion with Terrie Vanover about what she has learned about men and divorce through her practice and her support groups.Learn more about Terrie and her practice at Choosing to RiseLearn more about SplitReady at www.splitready.com#divorce #separation #mediation #collaborativedivorce
Technology shapes our behavior. As our devices gain more and more capabilities, we do more and more with them. What about divorce though? Can two people dissolve a marriage virtually?Join us for a great conversation about technology and divorce with our panel - Matt Carroll, Divorce Mediator Pro and Co-Founder of Keystone Mediation, Leslie Glazier, Divorce Realty Pro and Realtor from @Properties and Divorce Fitness Pro/Divorce Wellness Pro Meghan Kennihan.Also let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com Getting Split Ready is produced by Ernie Scatton and EAS Productions.For information on launching your own podcast, contact EAS Productions at 708.989.3985 or erniescatton@gmail.com
If the spring of 2020 has taught us one thing, it is that crisis can come quickly and it impacts everything. Getting through does not happen accidentally. It is through a deliberate and solution driven mindset that people can best emerge from crises like divorce and pandemics.Join us for a great conversation on crisis management with our panelists - Divorce Fitness Pro/Divorce Wellness Pro, Meghan Kennihan, Matt Carroll, Divorce Mediator Pro and Co-Founder of Keystone Mediation and Leslie Glazier, Divorce Realty Pro and Realtor from @Properties.Also let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
Stress takes a toll on the body. Divorce is consistently recognized as one of the most stressful events that a person can experience. Because of this, anyone going through divorce needs to plan for this and take measures to manage their wellness.Join us for a discussion about health and wellness during a divorce with Divorce Fitness Pro/Divorce Wellness Pro, Meghan Kennihan. Join us for a great conversation on dealing with complexity through hiring expertise withOther panelists include Matt Carroll, Divorce Mediator Pro and Co-Founder of Keystone Mediation and Leslie Glazier Divorce Realty Pro and Realtor from @Properties.About Meghan KennihanMeghan develops individualized custom training plans for EVERY client based uniquely on your health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Her goal is to help clients get in shape, improve metabolism, and have more energy leading to a longer, healthier and more productive life. Meghan works with her clients to identify their goals whether they be simply for weight loss or completing a marathon, then she uses all her energy and knowledge to help them achieve those goals.Meghan aims for open communication with clients, discussing any questions, concerns and celebrating successes.Meghan wants all her clients to enjoy running and exercise as much as she does and feels that the best reward is watching her clients improve their health, reach that race day distance or personal record, and achieve their goals.Meghan understands that it is hard to stay in shape, look great, and perform at your peak on your own. If it was easy, we would all look like super models or be top athletes.Whether you need to lose a few extra pounds, tone andstrengthen your body or prepare yourself for competition. Meghan can motivate you challenge you and train you to reach your goals!  Let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
During divorce there is a tendency to look for low cost and simplicity. These are admirable objectives, but, in areas of resolution such as the home, complexity is pervasive requiring divorcing couples to move beyond the commoditized and into the specialized.Join us for a great conversation on dealing with complexity through hiring expertise with Leslie Glazier, Divorce Realty Pro and Realtor from @Properties.Other panelists include Divorce Fitness Pro/Divorce Wellness Pro, Meghan Kennihan and Matt Carroll, Divorce Mediator Pro and Co-Founder of Keystone Mediation.About Leslie GlazierA lifelong Chicagoland resident, few Realtors know the city and its neighborhoods better than Leslie Glazier. Her in-depth understanding of the local real estate market has made her one of Chicago’s top brokers, and she is known for her uncanny ability to connect with her client’s vision and their needs.To Leslie, every client is a partner in every sense of the word, working together to achieve the ultimate goal. Whether they are selling or buying, she always puts herself in the client’s shoes and does her best to ensure a happy, positive, and stress-free experience.Leslie has been a Chicago Realtor for over 17 years. She started her career in luxury leasing, helping visiting celebrities find temporary housing while working in Chicago. Still, her love for real estate goes much deeper.Growing up, her parents would move and renovate their family home, only to sell a few years later. Carrying on the family tradition, Leslie now has renovated several such homes as well. She currently lives in an 1890’s three-flat that she and her husband remodeled into a single-family home, which has been featured in a multitude of publications, on Playboy.com, and in commercials.Leslie is a certified relocation agent, a Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE and RCS-D), and a skilled negotiator and an accredited home stager with a passion for design and architecture. Over the course of her career, she has sold over $100 million in real estate volume, applying a winning combining innovative marketing techniques and first-hand experience with some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.Having lived in some of the city’s most exciting and vibrant neighborhoods, including the Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and even Glencoe and Evanston on the North Shore, Leslie knows the Chicago real estate market at a cellular level. Markets aside, however, it’s all about the people. There is no greater honor to her than to be a part of a client’s journey into the next phase of their life.Whether you are seeking an investment property, are a transitioning empty-nester, or a first-time homeowner, Leslie will work tirelessly on your behalf.When she’s not showing a home, closing a deal, or giving advice based on the “gut” renovations she’s done on her own homes and investment properties, you might find Leslie trying out a new recipe (ask her about her Thermomix), doing Pilates, or practicing for a ballroom dance competition. She currently lives in Lincoln Park with her husband, two of her kids, and two dogs. Also let us know if there are questions on divorce, separation and starting over that you want our need answered at info@splitready.com.Are you considering divorce? Get split ready at www.splitready.com
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Reina Bittner

Limited scope representation: I have this type of representation and my attorney's fee is $425 hr. and a retainer of $2500 but I am afraid of using her services on matters other than her review of a proposed marital settlement agreement not yet drafted. I initially retained an attorney to respond to the petition and represent me but all he did was write a letter of proposal that took 6 months to write at the cost of $14,000 in legal fees. I fired him and retained an attorney on a limited scope and tried Mediation. Unfortubately my husband used the safe place of mediation to state his position which was completely different from what we had already agreed to. The changes of what was previously discussed was not made known to me before our first mediation meeting. It was a waste of money and time and further eroded my trust in the process.

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Reina Bittner

what happens when divorce papers have been filed with the court but no agreements have been reached by the parties? does the court step in to inquire why the case after a year has not been settled?

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Reina Bittner

divorce is too expensive. people don't have money!

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