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Letting go and moving on after divorce? That takes guts, strength, and a whole lot of support. Michelle Dempsey-Multack, MS, and her guests are bringing you all three. Your tribe is waiting for you.
35 Episodes
Dana Michelle and her positive attitude about divorce, co-parenting, and life in general brings a breath of fresh air to this episode of Moms Moving On, and there's no way you can avoid feeling inspired by her! About Dana Michelle Davenport, Esq.: Dana Michelle is the host of radio and television talk shows Dana Being Dana, new television show Finding Common Ground and Co-founder and Director of The Homecoming Challenge, a non-profit alumni giving campaign. A full-time practicing attorney and mother of two, Dana Michelle divorced in 2015 and unleashed a new lease on life. About Dana Being Dana: Dana Being Dana is a half-hour talk show airing monthly on Naperville Community Television, Channel 17, via simulcast and on-demand video at and via Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Store, Sound Cloud and Stitcher.  Dana Being Dana is also a weekly radio show live on Facebook Dana Being Dana is a show about the human connection, and engages viewers by encouraging, connecting, and inspiring others to live their very best lives. Ultimately, Dana Being Dana serves our community by spreading love.  The show covers topics that matter to real people, and focuses on the core of what makes us human. Dana Being Dana is an inviting, inspirational, and even humorous platform to discuss friendships, family, relationships, music, mental health (how do you spot a narcissist?), and raising children. The show’s monthly messages challenge viewers to consistently show-up in their daily lives, support their circles, and celebrate differences. About Finding Common Ground: Finding Common Ground is focused on important current events and how they impact our diverse population. We are many voices of one community, often with strong opinions on every side of an issue. Here, through courageous conversation in the interest of discovering collaborative solutions, we hope to find our common ground.
If you haven't already gotten to know Author and Coach Shaunna Lee, you'll not only get to know her well now, you'll also fall in love with her attitude and perspective on co-parenting and divorce.  Shaunna has been married and divorced 3 times, and co-parents with two exes, so she sure knows a thing or two about making the best out of co-parenting life and letting go of anger and resentment in order to focus on her kids. Shaunna also has a kick-ass sense of humor and recently authored one of the most beautiful divorce books - check it out! Shaunna has helped single moms walk through heartbreak and loss to create a new plan for starting again.  She transforms their chaotic, frazzled and stressful lives into mornings where they wake up excited about what they get to do.  She helps them discover more freedom, control and flexibility in a life that feels easy and fun! Learn more about Shaunna, here. 
You know you have to leave your marriage, or maybe you've already left - but you're still riddled with fear and not sure what to do to quiet those fears. That's where Breakup/Divorce Coach Matina Singh comes in. Matina was 35 years old, with three young children, who were counting on her for stability, when she was in one of the most unstable moments of her  life. For the first time ever, her life was hers and she didn’t know how to deal with it. One day at a time, she started defining herself, her values, and what was a “MUST” for her and her children’s lives.  Today, coming out on the other side of that roller coaster ride, she stand strong knowing that she has REFLECTED, RESET and RECLAIMED her life and wants to help other women going through similar situations, do the same. Learn more about Matina, here.
Laura Wasser has represented celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Jimmy Iovine, Maria Shriver, and Stevie Wonder, but she maintains that divorce is the great equalizer — it terrifies everyone. Laura has made it her mission to change the uncontested divorce process by creating It’s Over Easy, an online divorce service that gives divorcing couples an accessible and affordable resource to dissolve their marriage. The platform guides couple through the process of completing their family law forms, negotiating child and spousal support, creating a co-parenting agreement, serving the divorce petition to their spouse and submitting the final settlement package to the court. It's Over Easy is changing the face of divorce by providing education, tools and support for families going through the process and making them available to everyone. 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. Attorney Laura Allison Wasser (LAW) is an author, entrepreneur, and Family Law expert with over 20 years of experience. Having handled a number of high-profile, high-net-worth divorce cases, Laura Wasser and her team have developed an intuitive and simple process for uncontested divorces available to everyone. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned a law degree from Loyola Law School. Laura participates in continuing education programs as a lecturer and panelist. She has also been a guest lecturer at Loyola Law School, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and University of California Berkeley Hall School of Law. Laura serves on the Board of Directors-Loyola Law School, Board of Directors-Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Board of Trustees-Oakwood School, Advisory Council-Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and is a Member of the Executive Committee-Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Section and Los Angeles Bar-Family Law Section. Follow Laura on Instagram Listen to her podcast
Yes, you can co-parent with a pathogenic parent (a narcissist, borderline personality, or other difficult personality disorder), and you can even find harmony and peace for the kids if you do it right.  How?  Dorcy Pruter, shows us how to shift the entire co-parenting relationship and create better, healthier outcomes for the new post-separation family structure. Dorcy is the Founder and CEO of Conscious Co-Parenting Institute, a Dorcy Inc. Company. Through reunification coaching and co-parenting education, Dorcy provides strategies and solutions for parents and children to reconnect, or stay connected, during and after a high-conflict divorce. The primary focus of Dorcy’s work at the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute is high-conflict custody disputes involving “Parental Alienation.” Her goal is to help establish custody plans and co-parenting roles that encourage positive relationships between children and BOTH parents. Working with both mothers and fathers, as well as attorneys and therapists, Dorcy has spent the last several years as a Family Reunification Coach and Custody Consultant. She has worked on numerous cases, nationally and internationally, garnering positive results. For a list of services Conscious Co-Parenting Institute can provide, click here. Dorcy has gifted our Moms Moving On Community members with a free step-by-step guide to release the pain from betrayal, break-up, or divorce. Check it out in our community now, and if you're not already a member, sign up, here! 
Divorce is up 34% during the Coronavirus pandemic which has made for a very delayed divorce process for some people. Julie Burton, writer and all around hilarious mama, was not one of these people, as she recently finalized her divorce - from home - hence why she was without pants. Listen to how the divorce process worked for Julie during the pandemic, and what co-parenting her two daughters looked like during this time. She’s one of the funniest moms in Kansas City. The surprisingly quiet and introverted mom of two puts an end to the “perfect” highlight reel of parenting we all see on social media. Julie tells us how it really is raising two daughters as a single, divorced mom in Overland Park, Kansas. She gives comic relief to moms, wives, and women around the world with her blunt and often embarrassing real-life stories. Julie is a contributing author to the NYT Best-Selling anthology humor series, “But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low,” by A Bunch of Know-It-Alls and “Will Work for Apples,” by the Teacher’s Pets. Julie is named one of the funniest parents by NBC’s Today Show, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post Parents, Good Morning America and Buzzfeed. She is a regular contributing writer all around the Internet. You can find her at: Facebook/JulieBurtonWriter Instagram/ksujulie Twitter/ksujulie
What if I told you the divorce process didn't have to be ugly? That it wouldn't have to involve a long, drawn-out court battle full of contention and toxicity? That's the beauty of collaborative law, and why I interviewed Greenville, North Carolina's FIRST practicing collaborative law attorney, Ashley-Nicole Russell, P.A.. Did I mention that she is only 34 and was already named one of the 10 best female attorneys in client satisfaction by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys? Yea, she's something special and I am so excited for you to learn from her. Ashley-Nicole is dedicated to understanding her client’s needs and protecting their interests. As a child of divorce, she knows first hand the hardship and long-term effects of the traditional litigation model. She is committed to the Collaborative Divorce process outlined in the North Carolina General Statutes as a healthier alternative to litigation. Ashley-Nicole used the Collaborative Process in her own divorce, and she knows the success of the process first hand to preserve relationships and set the tone for a life of peace after divorce. She opened The Law Offices of Ashley-Nicole Russell, P.A. to help families navigate the emotional and legal aspects of separation and divorce in the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina. Ashley-Nicole Russell is the first practicing Collaborative Attorney in Greenville, NC. She graduated from Appalachian State University, Magna Cum Laude, with a BS in Political Science and a BSCJ in Criminal Justice. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law. There she obtained her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Dispute Resolution Institute. Ashley-Nicole received training in Wilmington, NC with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is now a member of IACP. Learn more about Ashley-Nicole, here!
Feeling stuck in your marriage due to personal beliefs? Letting your co-dependency get the best of you? Full of shame for having left your marriage?  Author and Therapist Edit Alaverdyan breaks it all down for us in this wildly empowering episode, and reminds us that doing the hard work on ourselves is always worth it. Edit Alaverdyan born and raised in Hrazdan Armenia came to the US at age 9, from then on, she had a passion for humanitarianism and Psychology. Edit graduated from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Child Therapy. Edit conducted two years of her training at BHC Alhambra Hospital working with Acute patients in mental health distress followed by extensive experience with Eating Disorder patients. While working at Reasons Eating Disorder Recovery Center, she gained extensive experience conducting various groups and Psychotherapy approaches. Edit has been invited to several schools such as Cal State University Northridge and University of Phoenix specifically for her Psycho-educational courses and Panel speeches on individuals struggling with Grief and Loss as well as Depression. Edit has been known for her psycho-educational courses on various research-based practices. Edit is continuing her education with a Doctorate in Health Administration. She has been helping various mental health organizations consulting and implementing various programs by adding the approach to advanced study and research in the applied science and practice of professional management. Edit Alaverdyan’s goal is to create a safe environment, instill confidence and provide emotional support to anyone that is struggling with mental health dilemmas. Therapy can certainly help manage your emotional stressor (e.g., traumatic experiences). Her Psychotherapy approach is well known for its gentle and empathetic approach to solving problems and creating tools for the clients that want to overcome anxiety, depression, lack of self-compassion, confidence difficulties, and several other crises. Find her amazing Instagram account, here. 
Dating is scary enough as it is - throw in a divorce and a few kid to the mix and you're all like "how the hell do I do this?!"  That's where Lauren Peacock comes in, Author of the bestselling book "Female. Likes Cheese. Comes with Dog."   Lauren joined us to chat about her own dating life post divorce and some of the top tips she swears by when you're trying to get back out into the dating world after a divorce. She released her debut book titled, "Female. Likes Cheese. Comes with Dog.: Stories About Divorce, Dating, and Saying 'I Do’” on Valentine’s Day of 2020. When Lauren was 23 years old, she got her fairy-tale wedding, but she soon discovered that a dream wedding doesn’t guarantee a dream marriage and got divorced at 27. Having found her second (and current) husband on a British dating site, she is an expert at online dating, recovering from heartbreak, and going outside of your comfort zone and offers practical tips for socially distanced dating during the pandemic and has had lots of even younger fans in Gen-Z reaching out to her for dating advice. Click here to buy the book and learn more about Lauren!
You know you're unhappy. You also know leaving a marriage can be a lot of work. So what is a gal to do? That's where Kate Anthony comes in, and on this latest episode of Moms Moving On, she's holding nothing back when it comes to determining your next steps before divorce. Kate Anthony is the host of the critically acclaimed and New York Times recommended podcast, The Divorce Survival Guide Podcast and the creator of the groundbreaking online coaching program, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?' which helps women make the most difficult decision of their lives using coaching tools, relationship education, geeky neuroscience, community support, and deep self-work. Kate empowers women to find their strength, passion, and confidence even in the most disempowering of circumstances and helps them move forward with concrete plans set on a solid foundation, putting their children at the center (not in the middle) of all their decisions. In addition to her online programs, Kate works privately with clients all over the world.  Kate lives in Los Angeles with her teenage son (whom she lovingly co-parents with her ex-husband), their two dogs, and a handful of fish.
Life after divorce is painful - there's no sugarcoating it. Sometimes, a push in the right direction, peppered with a positive outlook, is all you need to get you on the road to divorce recovery. That's where Wendy Sterling comes in. Wendy Sterling is the leading Divorce Recovery Specialist and founder of The Divorce Rehab™. Wendy helps divorced women go from “I Do” to “I Did” to “I’m Done” and confidently creates a roadmap they design for what’s next!  Prior to founding her company and program, Wendy established her 18-year career as a top-level advertising sales executive in the digital space, at the world’s most progressive social and lifestyle website brands (such as Who What Wear and Refinery29).  After learning of her own unexpected divorce, she realized her divorce was a GIFT. She wanted to make a more profound impact in the world so other women see their divorce as an empowering experience that happens FOR them not TO them.  She’s worked with countless women to transform their lives and create their next best chapter! Wendy is a graduate of UCLA and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from The Co-Active Training Institute.  She is also certified by the International Coaches Federation and just launched her own podcast, The Divorced Woman’s Guide™.  Wendy is an author as well as an Advanced ThetaHealer and has been featured on multiple podcasts such as Beyond Divorce, Lead Up for Women, Marketing to Millionaires, The Divorce Survival Guide, Doing Divorce Right and countless others!  She lives in Los Angeles with her two boys and dog, Max.
The best gift you can give yourself after a divorce or break-up, is the ability to set boundaries to protect your emotional well-being and avoid keeping you stuck. That's why I invited on the queen of boundary setting, Julia Kristina - a master in helping people move forward in life. "We don't set boundaries because we don't want other people to feel bad." Julia says, "It's time to find yourself after this relationship." And this episode helps us all learn the key ways to get back on track post-divorce. Julia Kristina & Associates are a team of Vancouver-based Clinical Counsellors who have specialties that include treating Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Overwhelm, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief & Trauma. Learn more about Julia, here, and make sure you check out her new membership program, Shift Society!
It's no secret that getting divorced can get EXPENSIVE.  In fact, far too many people stay in unhappy marriages simply because they think they cannot afford to get divorced. Our podcast guest Nicole Noonan is debunking that myth.  She is CEO and Founder of New Chapter Capital Inc,, a company that specializes in divorce financing assistance by providing funds specifically for individuals involved in divorce proceedings. Included in our divorce financing assistance, we provide funding for legal fees, and reasonable living expenses by funding you a portion of your expected settlement, enabling you to engage qualified attorneys and experts for your case. Yes, you read that right. Her company will help you pay for your divorce.   For over a decade, Nicole has been revolutionizing the practice of matrimonial law and divorce finance. Recognized by New York Magazine as New York’s Women Leaders in the Law 2014. Nicole holds a BA from Boston College and a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. As a former matrimonial attorney Nicole is very familiar with the issues facing the non-moneyed spouse. She remains a member of the New Jersey Bar. Nicole is a nationally recognized divorce expert. Crowned the “Fairy Godmother of Divorce” by the New York Post’s Julia Marsh, Nicole is an advocate for the protection of women and their rights. Nicole is a frequent featured speaker on Bloomberg’s “Talking Stock with Pimm Fox”. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Bloomberg TV, and WLNY’s “The Couch”.
The scariest part of divorce is that fight to the finish - the one where you're hoping to get everything you want, but the thought of having to negotiate and argue your way through it sounds as daunting as can be. Enter Susan Guthrie, Esq, top family law attorney and mediator with over 30 years experience. It's her experience, coupled with her commitment to helping uncoupling couples work through "divorce in a better way," that makes her a stand-out in the divorce community. And lucky for us, she's sharing her tips on making it to the divorce finish line - negotiations an all - as smoothly as possible. You're going to love these tips, especially Susan's outlook on divorce being an opportunity - a good one! Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for 30 years. Susan provides online divorce mediation and legal coaching services to select clients around the world. As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee. Susan recently launched her fresh and inspiring new podcast, The Divorce and Beyond Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. ( which debuted on iTunes' “Top Podcasts” List for self-help podcasts!  Divorce & Beyond is focused on pulling back the curtain on the mysteries of the divorce process and bringing tips and resources to help people to thrive and shine in their new future beyond divorce. 
Imagine living a few doors down from your happily married ex. Having Sunday dinners with them and their new blended family. Taking a 2-week trip to Africa together. Writing a whole divorce and co-parenting book together. That's the magic of this co-parenting duo, Ben Heldfond & Nikki DeBartolo.  After a few years of post-divorce drama, they decided life would be much better for their child if they could only manage to get along. So that's exactly what they did. Over a decade later, they're both remarried, live on the same block, and have co-founded the "Our Happy Divorce" brand which includes the book on how they turned this divorce happy. It's a success story I truly know you'll love and appreciate!
Is divorce messing up my kids? Can the trauma of divorce on our children be avoided? This may be the top question in all of our minds as we begin our divorce journeys. We want to shield them, protect them, and find a way to make it through so that they remain unscathed, and, if we're being honest with ourselves, that's the goal of all parents - divorced AND married. This is why I invited Professor and Author of "Conscious Parenting of Your Toddler," Mihaela Plugarasu on for a candid chat about "messing up our kids."  Having lived through a tumultuous divorce herself, and working through the effects of it on her own child, there is no better resource for this topic! Mihaela Plugarasu, M.S., is an educator with more than 15 years of leadership, self- development and teaching experience. She is a mom, a co-parent and a college professor in Miami, Florida, who lectures in the United States, Europe and Latin America. She became very intentional about conscious parenting ever since her son was born and her life changed profoundly as a result of looking within. Mihaela is the first certified parent educator for parenting –by- connection in Florida, by Hand in Hand Parenting. In this role, she facilitates parent support groups, workshops, classes and individual work with families. Mihaela uses her ABC of conscious parenting to help parents get started on this journey: self-Awareness, Be-ing Present and Connection. She teaches parents to use listening tools and self – inquiry to connect with themselves and their children, especially when parenting feels hard. Mihaela is the founder of, a community of conscious parents who come together for the purpose of learning, personal evolution and creating a connection-based relationship with their children. Learn more about Mihaela, here!
What happens when a bad marriage is failing and holding you back from your hopes, dreams, and reaching your full potential? You start to drown. But drowning wasn't an option for Christine Michel Carter, who chose to swim - fast and hard. Christine Michel Carter is the epitome of the single mom success story. With two young children in tow, Christine left an unhealthy marriage and stopped at nothing to be the strong, successful, working mom that her children deserved. She's now a 2x author, has been featured in just about every major publication on the internet, runs a successful consulting business - and so much more. Hear how she did it - and her invaluable advice for single moms - in this episode of Moms Moving On with Michelle Dempsey-Multack. Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. She has been called a “working mom who’s changing the world,” “the mom of mom influencers,” a “branding mastermind,” “one of the funniest parents on social media,“ “the exec inspiring millennial moms,” and “the voice of millennial moms” for her above-average social media engagement rates. Christine is also the associate editor for ModernMom and contributes to ForbesWomen as a senior contributor. She has written over 100 articles with 500K+ views for several publications, including TIME and Parents. Christine clarifies misconceptions about working mom consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal truths. From delivering consumer insights and brand marketing content to helping HR and diversity teams attract and retain these hardworking professionals, Christine works with advertising agencies, research firms and companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers. Visit her website here to read her articles, buy her books, check out her merch, and be totally inspired.
After a heartbreak that shook him to his core, Keishorne Scott did what all of the most emotionally evolved people in this world do best - he turned his pain into purpose, becoming the "Heartbreak Coach," as he's known on social media. Keishorne coaches clients through some of the toughest times of their lives - emotionally traumatic break-ups - and helps them learn the power in healing, shedding, and moving on - for good.  Keishorne got candid with us and gave us some serious insight into what it means to leave a bad relationship for good, and what's waiting for you on the other side when you do. My favorite piece of advice from the episode? It has a little something to do with crying - but I won't spoil the surprise. Keishorn is also known for his amazingly powerful break-up quotes:  “My heart breaks for anyone who lays in bed at night and wonders why they weren’t good enough for the one person they would give the world to. But here’s the truth, it’s better to break your own heart by walking away than sticking around where love doesn’t exist. Be strong!” Keishorne Scott is a Brooklyn native; an award winning community activist, bestselling author, speaker, breakup & heartbreak coach, TV Personality, and founder of Your Love Experience Intl. Mr. Scott has been seen on Forbes, Good Morning America, ABC News, ABC World News Now,, Yahoo! tv, Newsday, News 12,, Canarsie Courier, Rolling Out Magazine, and many high profile media outlets. You can learn more about this incredible human and all he has to offer, here, and be sure to follow his wildly inspirational Instagram account, here.
Co-parenting and communicating? Even oil and water could mix better than that. The truth is, it's hard to find your groove as co-parents, especially when finding your groove as married parents didn't really work out for you. After personal experience through his own divorce, Michael Daniels realized very quickly that there needed to be a way to improve communication strategies between him and his ex - and then he did the same for the rest of us! This was where the idea for the Fayr app was born, and lucky for the rest of us, it's become the talk of the co-parenting community, especially after Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed the app and became a head advisor for the company. Fayr will help you communicate constructively, eliminate burdensome legal fees and documentation, and free up your time and resources for what matters most: your children.  And the best part? It's useful even if your ex doesn't agree to use it. Now a little bit about our amazing guest: As a separated father of two young children, Michael found himself overwhelmed by the legal, financial and emotional costs of divorce on his family. After 20 years in the homebuilding industry, Michael hung up his hard hat to create a tool that would not just improve his family’s life, but would also help the other 55 million divorced co-parents in the US. Despite his success on the Apple tv show "Planet of the Apps" and partnering with Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael's guiding light remains the same: working everyday to be his best self for his kids. Learn more about Michael, here. Want to download the app for yourself and start making your co-parenting life a heck of a lot easier? Click here and use code MICHELLE to save 20% off!
Overnight schedules. Decision making for the children. Birthdays. Holidays. Doctor's appointments. There are SO many factors to consider carefully when creating a parenting plan. - only many of us don't know what to consider when putting together a parenting plan. That's why I consulted the expert of all experts, my husband, family court Judge Spencer Multack. Spencer is not only incredibly knowledgeable on all things "co-parenting," - he is FAIR and truly understands both sides and their needs when helping divorcing couples figure out the best way to create a parenting plan after their divorce.  I'm lucky to be married to him, and everyone who appears in front of him in court is lucky, too. He not only has the expertise in his profession as a former lawyer-turned-judge, he's lived the divorce process himself, and has been co-parenting for almost 5 years now.  The Hon. Spencer J. Multack, a graduate of Syracuse University and University of Miami Law School, once known for trying cases against public officials charged with corruption, was first appointed to the bench in 2011. Since then, he's presided over domestic violence issues, criminal cases, and now in the family court, all things divorce, co-parenting, and making the best decisions for the children involved.
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