Co-Parent Dilemmas

Co-Parent Dilemmas

There are at least two sides to every conflict, and when it's between divorced or separated parents, sparks can fly. In each episode, co-parenting experts Diane Dierks and Rick Voyles answer listener questions and talk about the benefits and risks of letting go vs. holding on to the conflict in a variety of complex topics facing co-parents today. Do you hold on for the sake of the children or let go for the same reason? Episodes are released every Sunday at noon. Listeners can email 1234Dilemma@gmail.com and pose a question/dilemma that may be answered on an upcoming episode. What do you do when the other parent won't be flexible with the parenting schedule? How do you respond to a co-parent who is constantly blowing up your phone with texts? Is it really important to talk to your children when they are at the other parent's house? And what about the parent who won't share important information with you about the children? Do you give in to the other parent's antics or should you hold your ground? Get answers to these questions and more on Co-Parent Dilemmas, wherever you get your podcasts.

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November 27, 2022 46 min

In this final discussion with a Dream Team member, Diane & Rick hear from Georgia Superior Court Judge Angela Duncan. Not surprisingly, as a former family law attorney and GAL, Judge Duncan has strong opinions about the professionals who let this family down. She also discusses the limitations of the court when the attorneys fail their clients.

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Diane & Rick explore the complexities of psychological child abuse with mental health expert Dr. Kelley Baker. Why did Sarah’s custody evaluator miss this tragic component? There are no clear answers, but important lessons to learn.

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Attorney Todd Orston joins Diane and Rick to break down what it means to zealously advocate for a client, and how Sarah’s attorney has missed the mark.

To reach Todd Orston, visit him on his firm’s website HERE. You can also listen to his podcast, Divorce Team Radio, HERE.

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Diane and Rick discuss the case with Guardian ad litem, Debra Hale. she talks about the role of the GAL, misconceptions about their jobs, and how a GAL in this case could have made a huge difference for the children.

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Diane and Rick host a special 6-part-series for Season 2 of the podcast, showcasing a real-life and extremely difficult custody case. In this episode, they present the timeline that spans 7 years of court documents, police reports, child protective services involvement, and numerous professionals who sadly do not help the children, as they are literally growing up under the cloud of the court. This episode is the case overview. The...

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Diane and Rick respond to a listener review that takes issue with the idea of giving difficult parents the benefit of the doubt. She wonders if that is encouraging further emotional abuse. They respond by explaining the difference between feeling a co-parent deserves the benefit and using it as simply a communication strategy for the child’s sake.

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Thomas from Ontario shares his dilemma about attending his toddler’s doctors appointments, while having to endure his co-parent’s drama or failure to inform him. Diane and Rick use the process outlined in their new journal (DRAGON) to unpack this complicated conflict and teach Thomas how to think differently about it.

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Tamika from Alabama wonders why her co-parent persists in finding the bad in her, especially since she is trying so hard to be a good co-parent. Diane & Rick break it down and discuss how grieving parents or high conflict people use cognitive distortions as a strategy to get sympathy or attention. They also talk about the I Am Non-Impossible journal and an exciting series of episodes coming in November, called the Case from Hel...

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Diane & Rick address a listener question about 50/50 custody and the nightmare of keeping track of clothing between houses, as well as how difficult the schedule can be for kids of high-conflict co-parents. They also talk about the BIG REVEAL and how it will help co-parents learn to develop a habit around managing their conflicts.

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Rhonda asks for advice about how to deal with a mom who is falsely accusing stepmom of abuse and who goes to extremes to destroy her life. Diane and Rick discuss various roles in the family system and how they need to be clear to protect the children.

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A listener wonders if it’s healthy to spend family time with her co-parent and her son, even though she considers her ex her enemy! If she keeps pretending to be nice, is that an insurance policy to keep him from taking her back to court? Diane and Rick explore the thin ice she might be walking on that assumes keeping up the facade will be sustainable in the long run.

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Diane & Rick addresses a listener’s question about how to help her upset daughter whose dad won’t let her go to a birthday party on his parenting time, unless mom agrees to take her. The real problem here is that both parents have put the daughter in the middle of the conflict by expecting her to deliver messages she was not equipped to handle.

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Diane & Rick pose a variety of questions, begging rational answers, about the role of Guardians ad litem in custody cases. Prompted by questions from a professional and a co-parent, they explore how professional delays and continuing court cases can do more harm than good.

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Diane & Rick address Patrick’s question about his fear of having structure and rules in his home. He worries that after a couple of years of being the fun house, setting rules now might make his house unattractive to the kids. Meanwhile, his co-parent is having to do the lion’s share of parenting and discipline, and she’s tired of it. Interestingly, both parents worry about losing the kids to the other, given their differences....

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Diane & Rick address Danielle’s dilemma about her co-parent trying to befriend her parents during the divorce process. She’s feeling stuck in the middle between her whining ex and her too-friendly parents. Also, discussed in this episode is adult children of parental alienation and the stories they have that might help professionals working with alienated children. If you have an alienation story to share, please join our AKA S...

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August 14, 2022 30 min

One of the most difficult situations co-parents have to deal with is when there are secrets kept between them. Secrets are usually pretty important topics and should probably be disclosed to the other co-parent, and if the children are involved in this secret, it creates a whole new layer of issues. Children can’t understand why secrets are kept, or why they’re being told to keep them. It puts them in the middle of the entire secre...

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Diane & Rick take a vacation break and replay one of the show’s most popular episodes - Narcissists in the Courtroom. They’ll return next week with an intriguing dilemma called Daddy’s Little Secret. Don’t miss it!

For more information about the High Conflict Institute discussed on the show, visit https://www.highconflictinstitute.com/

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Aaron asks an interesting email question about when it is best to reveal to a new dating partner that you have a very difficult co-parent. Diane & Rick not only address Aaron’s concerns, but talk about dating with children in general. Good co-parenting boundaries and protecting children from unnecessary loss are also explored.

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Rachel emails about various things her children report about their father’s house that she is not okay with. Diane and Rick explore the definition of good enough parenting and the importance of discerning the children’s feeling about what they report.

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This mid-week Bonus episode is an introduction to Bill and Jen Rogers’ podcast called Stepfamily Mission Possible. To listen to other episodes about blending families, find them on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

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