Co-Parent Dilemmas

By Diane Dierks & Rick Voyles

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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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S2.E6. Case from Hell: Sarah speaks out and a listener discussion
4027

Diane and Rick talk to a group of listeners about theCase from Hell and how it related to their own situations. Also, Diane speaks to Sarah, as she describes the hell she has been in for several years and the toll it has taken on her and her entire family.

To view the Case from Hell timeline details and notes, follow this LINK.

To read more about Bill McGee and his book, Half the Child, visit his website. The book is also available in our Non-Impossible store.

FIND GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR YOURSELF, OR THE CO-PARENT IN YOUR LIFE, AT OUR STORE!

DON’T FORGET!

The print-version of theI Am Non-Impossible journal is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon for a limited-time price of only $9.95 (Kindle version is $2.99). This is a great holiday gift for those in your life who are seeking co-parenting peace. ORDER YOURS NOW!

Want your friends to listen to this series? Send them to www.CPDilemmas.com/hell

To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit
www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma

We’ve created a special Facebook DISCUSSION GROUP to talk about this case since there is SO much to unpack and analyze! Co-parents AND professionals are welcome.

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com or access us on our  NON-Impossibles Facebook group.

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
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Dec 04, 2022
S2.E5. Case from Hell: Our Dream Team Judge Slams the Gavel!
2831

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.

Want your friends to listen? Send them to www.CPDilemmas.com/hell

To view the Case from Hell timeline details and notes, follow this LINK.

To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit
www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma

We’ve created a special Facebook DISCUSSION GROUP to talk about this case since there will be SO much to unpack and analyze! Co-parents AND professionals are welcome.

For more info, in-depth information about our show, and a cool merchandise store for co-parents, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com/store/

DON’T FORGET!
The print-version of theI Am Non-Impossible journal is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon for a limited-time price of only $9.95 (Kindle version is $2.99). This is a great holiday gift for those in your life who are seeking co-parenting peace. ORDER YOURS NOW!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com or access us on our  NON-Impossibles Facebook group.

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout is the best host for all your podcasting needs


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Nov 27, 2022
S2.E4. Case from Hell: Our Dream Team Custody Evaluator Gets Real about Abuse
2616

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.

Want your friends to listen? Send them to www.CPDilemmas.com/hell

To view the Case from Hell timeline details and notes, follow this LINK.

To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit
www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma

We’ve created a special Facebook DISCUSSION GROUP to talk about this case since there will be SO much to unpack and analyze! Co-parents AND professionals are welcome.

For more info, in-depth information about our show, and a cool merchandise store for co-parents, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com/store/

DON’T FORGET!
The print-version of theI Am Non-Impossible journal is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon for a limited-time price of only $9.95 (Kindle version is $2.99). This is a great holiday gift for those in your life who are seeking co-parenting peace. ORDER YOURS NOW!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com or access us on our  NON-Impossibles Facebook group.

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout is the best host for all your podcasting needs


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Nov 20, 2022
S2.E3. Case from Hell: Our Dream Team Attorney is On Fire
2811

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.

Want your friends to listen? Send them to www.CPDilemmas.com/hell3

To view the Case from Hell timeline details and notes, follow this LINK.

We’ve created a special Facebook
DISCUSSION GROUP to talk about this case since there will be SO much to unpack and analyze! Co-parents AND professionals are welcome.

Join Diane & Rick LIVE on
Monday, November 14th at 6:30 to talk about this case via Zoom.  All you have to do is become a Patreon VIP to gain free access.

For more info, in-depth information about our show, and a cool merchandise store for co-parents, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com/store/

DON’T FORGET!
The print-version of theI Am Non-Impossible journal is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon for a limited-time price of only $9.95 (Kindle version is $2.99). This is a great holiday gift for those in your life who are seeking co-parenting peace. ORDER YOURS NOW!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com or access us on our  NON-Impossibles Facebook group.

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout
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Nov 13, 2022
S2.E2. Case from Hell: Our Dream Team GAL Goes Deep
2592

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.

Want your friends to listen? Send them to www.CPDilemmas.com/hell2

To view the Case from Hell timeline details and notes, follow this LINK.

We’ve created a special Facebook
DISCUSSION GROUP to talk about this case since there will be SO much to unpack and analyze! Co-parents AND professionals are welcome.

Join Diane & Rick LIVE on
Monday, November 14th at 6:30 to talk about this case via Zoom.  All you have to do is become a Patreon VIP to gain free access.

For more info, in-depth information about our show, and a cool merchandise store for co-parents, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com/store/

DON’T FORGET!
The print-version of theI Am Non-Impossible journal is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon for a limited-time price of only $9.95 (Kindle version is $2.99). This is a great holiday gift for those in your life who are seeking co-parenting peace. ORDER YOURS NOW!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com or access us on our  NON-Impossibles Facebook group.

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout is the best host for all your podcasting needs. 


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Nov 06, 2022
S2.E1. The Case from Hell: Introduction and Overview
2872

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 following four episodes will feature a different professional each week who analyzes and comments on what went wrong. Want your friends to listen? Send them to www.CPDilemmas.com/hell

To view the Case from Hell timeline details and notes, follow this LINK.

We’ve created a special Facebook
DISCUSSION GROUP to talk about this case since there will be SO much to unpack and analyze! Co-parents AND professionals are welcome.

Join Diane & Rick LIVE on
Monday, November 14th at 6:30 to talk about this case via Zoom.  All you have to do is become a Patreon VIP to gain free access.

For more info, in-depth information about our show, and a cool merchandise store for co-parents, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com/store/

DON'T FORGET!
The print-version of theI Am Non-Impossible journal is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon for a limited-time price of only $9.95 (Kindle version is $2.99). This is a great holiday gift for those in your life who are seeking co-parenting peace. ORDER YOURS NOW!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com or access us on our  NON-Impossibles Facebook group.

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast?
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Welcome to the Fit, Healthy and Happy Podcast hosted by Josh and Kyle from Colossus...

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Oct 30, 2022
S1.E66. Benefit of the Doubt? You don’t know MY ex!
1975

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.

For more info and in-depth information about our show, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com

To access the GAL article discussed on the show,
CLICK HERE.

Want to know more about the DRAGON process? Order  I AM Non-Impossible journal for a limited-time price of only $9.99 by going to this LINK ($2.99 for the Kindle version). The print version will be available on November 1st to everyone at a special limited-time price AND at a 25% off discounted price to all Patreon VIPs! Keep listening for more ordering info!

Become a CPDilemmas VIP patron and support our work with co-parents. Visit our
Patreon page to get special listener perks like VIP access to our monthly live Q&A sessions and discounted merchandise!

Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the
NON-Impossibles Facebook group

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout is the best host for all your podcasting needs. 

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Oct 23, 2022
S1.E65. Doctor Office Drama - Slaying the conflict DRAGON!
1824

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.

For more info and in-depth information about our show, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com

Want to know more about the DRAGON process? Order the Kindle version of the I AM Non-Impossible journal for a limited-time price of only $2.99 by going to this LINK. The print version will be available on November 1st to everyone at a special limited-time price AND at a 25% off discounted price to all Patreon VIPs! Keep listening for more ordering info!

Become a CPDilemmas VIP patron and support our work with co-parents. Visit our
Patreon page to get special listener perks like VIP access to our monthly live Q&A sessions and discounted merchandise!

Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the
NON-Impossibles Facebook group

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout is the best host for all your podcasting needs. 

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Oct 16, 2022
S1.E64. “Why does he turn everything positive into a negative?”: Distorted cognitions as a strategy
1847

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 Hell.

For a list of Cognitive Distortions discussed in this episode, see this LINK.

For more information about our show, visit our web site at https://www.CPDilemmas.com

To PRE-ORDER the Kindle version of the I AM Non-Impossible journal for a limited-time price of only $2.99, go to this LINK. It will be delivered as an eBook on October 15th to those who pre-ordered.  The print version will be available on November 1st to everyone at a special limited-time price AND at a 25% off discounted price to all Patreon VIPs!

Become a CPDilemmas VIP patron and support our work with co-parents. Visit our
Patreon page to get special listener perks like VIP access to our monthly live Q&A sessions and discounted merchandise!

Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the private NON-Impossibles Facebook group 

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 

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Oct 09, 2022
S1.E63. 50/50 Pitfalls, Managing Clothing, and the BIG REVEAL!
1924

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.

To PRE-ORDER the Kindle version of the I AM Non-Impossible journal for a limited-time price of only $2.99, go to this LINK. It will be delivered as an eBook on October 15th to those who pre-ordered.  The print version will be available on November 1st to everyone at a special limited-time price AND at a 25% off discounted price to all Patreon VIPs!

Become a CPDilemmas VIP patron and support our work with co-parents. Visit our
Patreon page to get special listener perks like VIP access to our monthly live Q&A sessions and discounted merchandise!

Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the private
NON-Impossibles Facebook group 

Connect with Diane and Rick:
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
Twitter
TikTok
Reddit

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email
1234Dilemma@gmail.com

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma

Want to know how to use the weekly email protocol?
REGISTER SOON!

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL FOR HIGH CONFLICT
CO-PARENTS  (parents & professionals are invited)


October 10, 2022   6:30 PM -8:00 PM (eastern time)


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Oct 02, 2022
S1.E62. Rage and Revenge: A mom’s campaign against stepmom
1489

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.

To listen to more episodes, head to Apple Podcasts!

Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the
NON-Impossibles Facebook group 

Connect with Diane and Rick:
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
Twitter
TikTok
Reddit

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email 1234Dilemma@gmail.com

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • Become a CPDilemmas VIP patron and support our work with co-parents. Visit our Patreon page to get special listener perks like VIP access to our monthly live Q&A sessions!
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout is the best host for all your podcasting needs. 

REGISTER SOON! Workshop is filling up.

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL FOR HIGH CONFLICT
CO-PARENTS :


October 10, 2022   6:30 PM -8:00 PM (eastern time)


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Sep 25, 2022
S1.E61. The Double Bind: Damned if you do…or don’t
1743

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.

To listen to more episodes, head to Apple Podcasts!

Become a CPDilemmas VIP patron and get special perks, like $10 off the upcoming Communication Protocol training AND first look at our October reveal!. Visit our Patreon page to get your special listener perks!


Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the
NON-Impossibles Facebook group 

Connect with Diane and Rick:
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
Twitter
TikTok
Reddit

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email 1234Dilemma@gmail.com

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 

REGISTER SOON!

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL FOR HIGH CONFLICT
CO-PARENTS
(two dates to choose from):


September 23, 2022  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (eastern time)
Passcode: Dilemma


October 10, 2022   6:30 PM -8:00 PM (eastern time)

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Sep 18, 2022
S1.E60. Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Why kids suffer as the go-between
1696

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.

To listen to more episodes, head to Apple Podcasts!

Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the
NON-Impossibles Facebook group 

Connect with Diane and Rick:
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
Twitter
TikTok
Reddit

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our monthly podcast email to get a sneak peak into upcoming topics!

Have a co-parent dilemma? Email 1234Dilemma@gmail.com

Our podcast exists because of the support of listeners like you.  Here are ways you can offer your continued support:

  • SOBERLINK is an ongoing sponsor of Co-Parent Dilemmas. If you are concerned about substance abuse issues with your co-parent, Soberlink can help. Follow this LINK to get a $50 discount on Soberlink products. 
  • Become a CPDilemmas VIP patron and support our work with co-parents. Visit our Patreon page to get special listener perks like VIP access to our monthly live Q&A sessions!
  • To get a special discount on therapy through BetterHelp,  visit www.BetterHelp.com/Dilemma
  • Shop for cool NON-Impossible merchandise and purchase something fun! Producing a podcast takes hours of work, so support from our listeners makes us able to keep providing valuable content. 
  • Think you might want to start a podcast? Buzzsprout is the best host for all your podcasting needs. 

REGISTER SOON!

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL FOR HIGH CONFLICT
CO-PARENTS
(two dates to choose from):


September 23, 2022  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (eastern time)

October 10, 2022   6:30 PM -8:00 PM (eastern time)

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Sep 11, 2022
S1.E59: My Favorite Guardian: Do they really care about the best interests of children?
1994

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.

LINK for Georgia Rules for GALs

To listen to more episodes, head to Apple Podcasts!

Want to talk about this episode with Diane and other parents? Be part of the conversation on the
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S1.E58. Too Cool for School: The parenting style clash
1694

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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Aug 27, 2022
S1.E57. “My Parents are Cozying Up to My Ex!”
1796

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 Survivors group.

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S1.E56. Daddy's Little Secret
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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 secret, and naturally they internalize the blame, which can be detrimental to their emotional development. So what do you do if your child comes home with a secret from your co-parent?

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What to do when your ex asks your child to keep a secret
  • Why you should take the world “why” out of your vocabulary when co-parenting
  • The effects on the child when keeping a secret from your co-parent
  • How your reaction to finding out a secret can affect children
  • Importance of asking how the child feels about the situation
  • How to take the children out of the middle of the secret keeping
  • Benefits of giving the benefit of the doubt

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S1.E55. Narcissists in the Courtroom Revisited
2554

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/

Information regarding the book, The Narcissistic Parent: A Guidebook for Legal Professionals Working with Families in High-Conflict (Dr. C. A. Childress) can be found HERE.

Visit the Center for Navigating Family Change to learn more about the Advanced Issues in Co-Parenting online workshop to help co-parents work through their issues with a narcissistic co-parent.

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Aug 07, 2022
S1.E54. When Do You Tell Your Date about Your Crazy Co-parent?
1683

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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Jul 31, 2022
S1.E53. The Revolving Door of Girlfriends (and other things Mom is not okay with)
1885

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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Jul 24, 2022
BONUS Episode: Stepfamily Mission Possible
2154

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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Jul 20, 2022
S1.E52. Get Over It! Why so bitter after all these years?
1944

Diane & Rick address Carolina’s email about her hateful ex-husband, who is remarried with a new baby five years after the divorce - but still has a major axe to grind with her even though she is trying to include him in major decisions.  What causes some people to hang on to their vengeful attitudes many years after the divorce? Find out in this episode!

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Diane talked about research regarding how the well-being of the custodial parent is vital to good outcomes in children (and why torturing or making your other parent's life miserable is not going to fare well for your kids). Here is more info on the subject:

  •  Functioning of the primary residential parent is important. According to Lye (1999),  “Children of divorce do better when the well-being of the primary residential parent is high. Primary residential parents who are experiencing psychological, emotional, social, economic, or health difficulties may transfer these difficulties to their children and are often less able to parent effectively.” However, she also found that well-being improves with time since the divorce. According to Furstenberg & Cherlin (1991), “It is likely that a child who alternates between the homes of a distraught mother and an angry father will be more troubled than a child who lives with a mother who is coping well and who once a fortnight sees a father who has disengaged from his family.” Further, Johnston (1995) said that “Joint custody is especially harmful when one of the parents is abusive, rigid, manipulative, or angry that he [or she] is divorced.”  Kelly and Emory (2003), in their research review article, conclude that “When custodial parents provide warmth, emotional support, adequate monitoring, discipline authoritatively, and maintain age-appropriate expectations, children and adolescents experience positive adjustment compared with children whose divorced custodial parents are inattentive, less supportive, and use coercive discipline.” 
    • Furstenberg, F.F., Jr., & Cherlin, A.J. (1991), Divided Families: What Happens to Children When Parents Part. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
    • Johnston, J.R. (1995), Children’s adjustment in sole custody compared to joint custody families and principles for custody decision-making, Family and Conciliation Courts Review, 33, 415. 
    • Lye, D.N. (1999). What the experts say: Scholarly research on post-divorce parenting and child well-being, Report to the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission and Domestic Relations Committee. 
    • Kelly, J.B. & Emery, R.E. (2003). Children’s adjustment following divorce: risk and resilience perspectives.
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S1.E51. Don’t Take the Bait: Avoiding the violence trap
1590

Rodney has a two-year-old with his ex-girlfriend. He ended the relationship because she was constantly taunting him into a violent interchange, which he refused to do. Now, she won’t let him see the child unless he comes to her home, which makes him understandably wary. Diane & Rick talk about the dangers of being in close proximity to someone who is determined to end things in violence.

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Jul 10, 2022
S1.E50. Listener Mashup: Big questions, short answers
2068

Diane & Rick tackle some big questions they’ve been asked on social media that are common, but don’t have simple solutions. They attempt to give their best foundational assessment  of each one, and get personal while they’re at it!

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Jul 03, 2022
S1.E49. Nothing Left to Give
1638

Attorney, Lauren, emails about her client, who continually gives into his co-parent out of fear she will turn the kids against him. Lauren worries this is going to ruin his new marriage if he doesn’t stop catering to his ex. Diane & Rick talk about the risks of thinking this will fix her anger.

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Jun 26, 2022
S1.E48. Surviving the Overcommunicator
1599

Jake emails about how to get his co-parent to follow the weekly email protocol. He’s tired of answering her multiple texts each day and wants to have some peace. Diane & Rick discuss the importance of setting the boundary and staying consistent and kind until the other parent has no choice but to follow the structure.

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Jun 19, 2022
S1.E47. I’m Tired of Adjusting to My Co-Parent!
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Diane & Rick answer Dena’s email questions about her co-parent who tells their 9-year-old that the divorce is all mom’s fault. She is exhausted that he won’t listen to their co-parent counselor or take responsibility for his substance abuse issue. She is tired of adjusting to his lack of accountability and wonders how long she will have to keep adjusting. .

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S1.E46. Summertime Blues with the Impossible Co-Parent
1738

Colin writes that his co-parent’s purposeful resistance to anything he wants or suggests is driving him nuts. He wonders how he will stand to deal with her for the next 15 years! Diane & Rick discuss how to prioritize issues and learn to give the other parent the opportunity first to correct a possible misunderstanding before attributing motives to her behavior or words.

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Jun 05, 2022
S1.E45. The Importance of Research and Trained Professionals
2046

Diane and Rick talk about listener reviews and discuss what they learned in their trip to Chicago, attending the AFCC (Association for Family and Conciliation Courts) annual conference. They report on themes learned at the conference about high-conflict divorce research and the need for divorce professionals to be appropriately trained before jumping into these complex cases.

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May 29, 2022
S1.E44. Teen Heartbreak: An estranged father’s dilemma
2015

Andy writes in about his alienated 16-year-old daughter and the hurt and pain of not having a relationship with her. He wonders if she is becoming a narcissist like her mom and if it would simply be better to give up on her. Diane & Rick discuss this very painful and difficult situation, offering advice about how to keep the door open without having to experience the constant rejection.

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S1.E43. Narcissists and the Court: A conversation with Judge Warren Davis
2666

Judge Warren Davis, a Georgia County Superior Court judge, visits the show to discuss how he views narcissistic co-parents and the tactics he uses to sanction them when their controlling behavior is out of control. Diane & Rick share a listener’s email with the judge to get his insights from the bench.

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

Information regarding the book, The Narcissistic Parent: A Guidebook for Legal Professionals Working with Families in High-Conflict (Dr. C. A. Childress) can be found HERE.

Visit the Center for Navigating Family Change to learn more about the Advanced Issues in Co-Parenting online workshop to help co-parents work through their issues with a narcissistic co-parent.

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S1.E42. But What If I Can’t Stand My Ex?
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Diane & Rick answer a listener’s question about co-parenting with someone she can’t stand. Is it possible to be a “good” co-parent when you have such negative feelings, or are the feelings simply part of the natural grief process? They also discuss her question about accessing the kids by phone while they are at the other parent’s home. 

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S1.E41. The Know-It-All Step-Mom
1900

Diane & Rick address Gillia’s email about a complicated dilemma. Her ex-husband remarried a behavioral specialist, who now thinks she should take mom’s place with the special-needs daughter AND take dad’s place as mom’s co-parent! How do you deal with an overbearing step-parent, who doesn’t understand the boundaries of her role? Should you hold on and put her in her place, or let go of this conflict?

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S1.E40. Don’t Make Me Go There! Remarriage and visitation resistance
2056

William emails to ask what to do when his 12-year-old consistently complains about having to go to mom’s house. Diane & Rick speculate on the many possibilities for the resistance, including the mother’s recent remarriage. They help the listener with skills to discern the truth and respond appropriately.

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S1.E39. Judge Me by What You Know about Me…
1816

Diane & Rick address Anna’s voicemail questions regarding what her young daughter reports dad is saying about mom. Anna has chosen to journal the comments, rather than address them with her co-parent. Is there value in journaling or documenting? How should she respond to her daughter’s reports an teach her to set boundaries with dad?

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S1.E38. The Disengaged Parent: Is it narcissism or something else?
1642

Diane & Rick tackle a difficult listener dilemma of a father refusing to engage with his two-year-old son. They discuss how to help a child when a parent is absent and what could be going on with a parent who is not interested in parenting.

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S1.E37. Know What You’re Going to Do When…
1932

Sean writes in with a concern that his co-parent may flee to another country with his children. Diane & Rick discuss the importance of focusing on the present and what Sean can control. They offer tips on how to reduce anxiety by having a plan B.

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S1.E36. The Two Faces of My Child
1858

A second voicemail from Lydia illuminates a common issue -- a child who acts one way at home, but quite differently on a phone call while at the other parent's home. What is really going on here? Diane and Rick discuss the phenomenon of the Chameleon Effect in children of divorce.

Read more about the chameleon effect on children in the book, Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce  by Elizabeth Marquardt

More resources about child development and divorce:
DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN OF DIVORCE
AGES AND STAGES: HOW TO MONITOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: MILESTONES AND PARENTING TIPS

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S1.E35. Does My Child Need Counseling?
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Lydia from North Carolina calls in to ask what to do for her 10-year-old, who seems to be in distress about events happening at her other parent’s home. Diane & Rick unpack when it is appropriate to speak to the other parent about what a child is reporting or when it is best to maintain confidences. They also discuss four signposts to look for in deciding if counseling is needed for a child.

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S1.E34. Don’t Expect in Divorce What You Didn’t Get in Marriage!
1446

Diane & Rick address an email from listener, Anthony, who feels powerless to improve his co-parent relationship. They discuss the importance of taking care of his own emotions so he doesn’t use his child as a sounding board.  Diane questions why parents seem shocked that their co-parent is acting (after divorce) much like they did in marriage!

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S1.E33. High-Conflict Litigation: An interview with Dr. Ben Garber
2350

Diane & Rick talk to expert and researcher Dr. Ben Garber about the necessity of family law professionals approaching family law litigation from a systems perspective, using a Sherlock Holmes method of elimination to understand the dynamics of each case.

Dr. Garber’s website is at https://familylawconsulting.org/

The book (The Family Law Professional’s Field Guide to High Conflict Litigation) can be purchased at:
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www.gagal.org/retreat. The retreat is scheduled for September 9-11, 2022, at the King & Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Dr. Garber will be the full-day speaker/trainer on day one of the retreat. Early bird fee is offered until June 1st.

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S1.E32. When the Cure is More Destructive than the Disease
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Diane talks with Rick about her frustrations with how the court system often works against the high-conflict family in litigation. Too many cooks (professionals) in the kitchen (on the case) can prove to be a cure that is worse than the disease.

Diane plugs the organization, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC):
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S1.E31. “Disneyland Dad”: What really matters in parenting?
1923

Tara emails a question about her co-parent, who she thinks spoils the children and is too permissive. What is the best parenting style in divorce? Will the kids reject  you if they don’t like your style? Diane & Rick discuss four parenting styles and the importance of balance in all situations.

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S1.E30. Never Married vs. Divorced Co-Parenting: What’s the difference?
1921

Travis writes in and asks about the nuances of co-parenting an infant when he and the other parent were never married. Is co-parenting after divorce different than if you were never married? What does the research say about sharing time with very young children? Diane & Rick answer these and other questions about this sensitive topic.

Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children (article by Richard Warshak, mentioned in this episode)

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S1.E29. Long-Distance Parenting: Can it Work?
2059

Diane & Rick unpack the risks and benefits of using social media in long-distance parenting, as well as what details should be included in a long-distance parenting plan.

RESOURCES discussed on this episode:

https://cnfc.org/wp-content/uploads/Family-Court-Review-2016-Stahl-Critical-Issues-in-Relocation-Cases-A-Custody-Evaluator-s-Response-to-Parkinson-and.pdf



Creating the Perfect Long Distance Parenting Plan | OurFamilyWizard

How Having a Distance Parent Affects a Child - distanceparent.org

 https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1126&context=extensionhist

Long-Distance Parenting: A Co-Parenting Guide for Divorced and Separated Parents | MU Extension

https://www.sessumsblack.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/12th-Judicial-Long-Distance-Parenting-Plan.pdf

https://www.delta.com/us/en/children-infant-travel/unaccompanied-minor-program

Family Law Attorney, Max Berube
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxberube

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S1.E28. The Passive-Aggressive Co-Parent
1820

Tom emails a question  about how to respond when his co-parent goes silent on a time-sensitive decision and how to react to the children, who seem to be using the same passive-aggressive techniques with him. Diane & Rick discuss how to resolve time-sensitive conflicts and talk to teenagers who are clearly stuck in the middle of the adult conflict.

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S1.E27. Let’s Fight about Semantics! Defining parenting plan terms
1962

In this episode, Diane & Rick answer a question from a parenting coordinator about how to define a medical expense and an extracurricular activity, especially as it pertains to financial reimbursement from one co-parent to the other. What might seem simple to address when parents create a parenting plan can become very complicated if you are working with an impossible co-parent. Setting things up for success requires a more detailed framework in the parenting plan than using simple terms.

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S1.E26. Kids Who Protect the Alienating Parent
1703

David asks if he should ask the court for more time with his kids because of alienating behaviors he suspects their mom is encouraging. Diane & Rick discuss the risks of making an already insecure parent more insecure by further court action and how that may affect the children. They also provide advice about the importance of the non-custodial parent creating an environment where the children can be themselves and simply be children, regardless of what the other parent is doing.

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S1.E25. Infidelity & Identity
2138

Diane & Rick help a mom with a daughter who is angry at her because she had an affair on her dad. How much detail do kids need about their parents’ breakup? What value is the “truth” in these situations? Listen to a discussion about how children form their identities through what they believe about their parents and how to protect a child’s self-esteem by limiting negative information about the divorce.

Diane mentioned a 2018 study about how adult children of divorce struggle with the parent who badmouthed their other parent when they were children. We couldn’t locate the exact study mentioned, but here is an article that discusses this topic in detail (with various studies cited).

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S1.E24. Life Ain’t Fair
1652

Emma from Atlanta thinks one of her co-parent’s decisions isn’t fair to their child, who is experiencing anxiety and nightmares. How much of it is connected to the dad’s decision, and what part does the co-parent conflict play? Diane & Rick unpack this complicated, but common, dilemma.

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S1.E23. What is a “Good” Co-Parent? Defining the NON-Impossible
1590

Diane & Rick respond to an email from Janelle who struggles to please her co-parent without being walked on, and at the same time is afraid to set boundaries for fear her ex and the court will see her as a "bad" co-parent. They discuss what kids really need the co-parent relationship to look like in order to be okay.

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Dec 26, 2021
S1.E22. Co-Parent Holiday Blues
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This time of year presents unique challenges for co-parents that those who don't understand (like extended family members) struggle to grasp. Diane and Rick talk about how to manage the many issues and emotions co-parents face in planning a "happy" holiday season.

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Dec 19, 2021
S1.E21. “She’s keeping the kids from me!”
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Mark from Georgia emails that his co-parent refuses to allow him to have time with their two sons. Diane & Rick discuss practical solutions to help Mark work through this issue, but they also provide important emotional considerations for how to relate to the children in this difficult circumstance.

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Dec 12, 2021
S1.E20. The Dangers of Narcissism
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In this episode, Diane talks candidly with Rick about the distinction between narcissitic personality disorder and narcissitic tendencies that we all may struggle with. They discuss how narcisstic abuse affects co-parents and their children and strategies to preserve a sense of self-worth when a narcissist is determined to destroy it to maintain their own one-up position.

Resources to assist those who are healing from narcisisstic abuse:

  • Patricia Evans' groundbreaking book, The Verbally Abusive Relationship, is a must read for all who listen to this podcast and think they may be a victim of narcissistic abuse. Find it on Amazon here.
  • Disarming the Narcissist offers great advice about how to avoid losing yourself in the games played by your narcissistic parent or co-parent. Find it on Amazon here.
  • Children of the Self-Abosrbed is one of the frequently recommended books for children who are experiencing the abuses of a narcissitic parent. Find it on Amazon here.
  • Narcissists tend to target people who may define themselves as “empaths.” To learn more, find the book, Empaths, on Amazon here.

Diane gave a couple of examples of how to respond to the narcissistic parent when they continually are asking for something that you don't think is realistic to give. Here are the answers she quoted on the show:

"Thank you for your message, but it's content is the very reason flexibility doesn't work for us. If every time I say no to a request, I get a response like this, then I'm not motivated to be flexible. Our child deserves parents who can stay out of conflict and that is more important to me than either of our personal needs. If you think the parenting plan needs adjusted, I am open to mediating it, but because of these kinds of messages, I am no longer open to straying from it."

"I understand your point of view. I am open to mediating this. Threats are not necessary. Thank you."

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Dec 05, 2021
S1.E19. “I’m Your Dad, Too!”: Child says mom wants him to call stepfather “Dad”
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A  listener in Vancouver shares a concern about his 4-year-old being encouraged to call his step-father "Dad" and wants to know if he should correct this or talk to his co-parent about teaching their child that he only has one "Dad." Diane and Rick discuss both sides of this issue and when to let it go and when it is appropriate to address it with the other parent.

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Nov 28, 2021
S1.E18. “I’m 14, and I can do what I want!”
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Diane & Rick join Leh Meriwether and Todd Orston of Divorce Team Radio in a discussion about the benefits and risks of a 14-year-old making a custody decision. Although they specifically discuss a Georgia law regarding when a child can make a custody election, the mental health concepts discussed are applicable to all families.

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Nov 21, 2021
S1.E17. What About Me?: The right of first refusal dilemma
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Alma poses a question about child safety and right of first refusal. Diane & Rick unpack the complexities of these issues and how to focus on keeping the child out of the middle and engaged with the trusted parent.

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Nov 14, 2021
S1.E16. A Kid with Two Homes
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Diane & Rick address a listener dilemma about sticking to the parenting plan or being flexible with weekend time. Blogger Bella Duncan (www.akidwithtwohomes.com) weighs in with how kids feel about living in a high-conflict parenting situation and advice about seeing things from the child’s point of view.

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Nov 07, 2021
S1.E15. Grandparent Dilemmas
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Diane & Rick answer listener Kathy’s question about access to grandchildren after divorce. She is frustrated that her ex daughter-in-law won’t be flexible about her time with the kids when the grandparents are in town. Rick & Diane suggest that even grandparents can respect the parenting plan and should educate themselves about co-parent conflict to avoid giving bad advice to their divorced children.

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Oct 31, 2021
S1.E14. “She’s Scheduling Activities on My Time!”
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Diane and Rick address Jared's dilemma with his co-parent regarding too many activities on his parenting time. He claims the other parent is purposely involving their child in activities on his weekends, and it's negatively affecting the time he has with his son. Should he let go and accept his child's busyness as part of childhood, or should he hold on and fight for what he thinks his child (and he) really wants?

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Oct 24, 2021
S1.E13. How Soon is too Soon?
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A listener asks about introducing his new dating partner to the children. Diane & Rick explore all of the risks and benefits of introducing too soon, how it affects children, and talking to his co-parent about it. Should he hold on and do it his way or let it go and take more time to think it through?

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Oct 17, 2021
S1.E12. "Who Do You Think You Are?" When step-parents play the role of co-parent
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Tiffany from Georgia writes to ask how she can get her co-parent to communicate with her instead of his new wife. Diane and Rick explore both sides of the issue when a step-parent is actually better at communicating than the co-parent, as well as when the step-parent makes it worse. Also, discussed in this episdoe is a weekly email protocol and Diane and RIck use in their parenting coordination practices.

We've added the structured email protocol link here (in court order language) for listeners to use as a guide.

https://cnfc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Communication-Protocol-Order.pdf

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Oct 10, 2021
S1.E11. Looking for Loopholes to Create Conflict
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Diane and Rick answer a question about what to do when the court-ordered parenting plan is vague, unclear, and doesn't account for practical situations -- especially when your co-parent likes to be the parenting plan police!  Chris from Ohio says his plan states he cannot leave the state without informing his co-parent. But he lives only a few miles from the state line, and his ex filed a contempt against him when he took the kids to have lunch with his cousin in a neighboring state. Should he let it go and resign himself to reporting his every movement across state lines, or should he hold on to the conflict and fight it out in court?

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Oct 03, 2021
S1.E10. Mommy's Coming!: Loving kids through disappointment
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Jerome from Mississippi poses a heart-breaking dilemma for Diane and Rick to address - what to do when the other parent isn't consistent with her visitation. Do you let it go and just ignore broken promises that disappoint the children? Or do you try to hold the other parent accountable when she makes promises to the kids that she'll likely break? In this episode, co-parents can learn how to make this issue about the children's need to feel loved, rather than focusing on the unfairness of the situation.

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Sep 26, 2021
S1.E9. Why Can't We Be Friends?
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Sarah from London asks a common question about achieving the balance between "friendship" with a co-parent vs. moving on separately.  Diane and Rick talk about the risks of holding on to a relationship that didn't work in marriage as opposed to letting go by setting healthy boundaries, not only for the adults but also for the children.

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Sep 19, 2021
S1.E8. "She's too sick," and Other Excuses Parents Use to Withhold Visitation
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Everyone knows that court-ordered parenting time is sacred, but some co-parents think they have legitimate reasons to withhold visitation from the other parent. With the recent COVID crisis, this is an increasingly sticky situation. Diane and Rick unpack the most common excuses parents use to justify going against the court order and how the other parent can respond.

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Sep 12, 2021
S1.E7. The Enemy is Calling
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There is no issue that will put the kids in the middle more than conflict about a child's cell phone! Diane and Rick talk about the importance of seeing this issue from the child's point of view, and they share tips for creating court order language that will help guide them on phone communication with children. Here are the rules discussed in this episode:

PHONE AND COMMUNICATION WITH CHILDREN

For the purpose of this section, the definition of “custodial parent” is the parent who has responsibility for the child at the time of communication. 

Parties agree that at the very least, their child(ren) shall have access to either their own cell phone or their custodial parent’s cell phone or landline in order to communicate with the other parent while at the custodial parent’s home. The parties further agree that regardless of who purchases and pays for a cell phone for a child, once the child is given possession of the phone with the child’s designated cell phone number, the phone is the responsibility of the child and the child shall be allowed to transport the phone to and from their parents’ homes and be allowed to use it to communicate with their other parent, subject to the rules set forth by the custodial parent while the child is in the custodial parent’s home. 

Parties further agree that although they each have the right to set electronic and phone rules in their own households, under no circumstances should those rules prevent the child from having reasonable access to their other parent. Expecting the child to not make calls during dinner time, homework time, or after bed time are reasonable. However, setting rules that are designed to purposely limit access to a parent would not be reasonable. Parties agree to provide their children and the other parent with their written phone/electronic rules so that both parents can be apprised of the other parent’s household rules regarding phone and electronics. They further agree to refrain from encouraging the children in any way to break their custodial parent’s phone/electronic rules while at that house unless it’s an emergency.

It is further understood by both parties that in order to facilitate the phone rules in their respective households, they each must have full access to the child’s phone, including passwords and codes to enter the phone, and access and passwords to all applications on the phone. The only exception to this is that text messaging conversations of any type with the child’s other parent shall not be monitored by the custodial parent, nor should that parent use anything he/she happens to see between parent and child on the phone as a tool to ridicule the child or build a case against the other parent. Further, the parties agree to not require the child to be on speaker while talking to the other parent and they shall each provide the child with a private place to have communication with their other parent. Parents recognize they cannot monitor what is said to their child while the child is physically with the other parent, so attempting to monitor phone calls, text messages, or any other communication through the phone between parent and child is similarly futile and only serves to place the child in the middle of the adult conflict.

Parties understand that placing pressure on a child to communicate with their other parent while at the custodial parent’s home can also cause the child to feel stuck in the middle of conflict, especially in cases in which the child is aware of animosity between the parents. Therefore, parties agree that each parent shall be able to initiate one communication (phone, text, email, video chat, etc.) with their child per day while at the other parent’s home during the

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Sep 05, 2021
S1.E6. Do the Right Thing for Your Kids' Sake
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Diane and Rick answer Kaylie's question about both co-parents attending a child's doctor's or other professional's appointments. Is it worth the fight to both be there? Or should one parent let it go? In this episode, they will unpack the importance of reframing the problem to think about how it must feel to the child instead of winning the argument. Learning to say "yes,: even when it's annoying, or accept "no" without complaining, is one of the most difficult concepts co-parents must learn to save their children from a lot of negative memories.

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Aug 29, 2021
S1.E5. "How Dare You!" - Sharing an Opinion without Starting a War
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Most high-conflict co-parents work hard to not talk to one another to avoid conflict, but what do they do when they have a real concern and want to share an opinion? Diane and Rick respond to Brandon's voicemail dilemma about what to do when his co-parent is not taking care of their child like he does. There is something in between not sharing at all and trying to control the other parent. The balance is in strategizing to optimize the best outcome using respectful words, giving the other parent the benefit of the doubt, and inviting feedback.

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Aug 22, 2021
S1.E4. Responding to an Impossible (Narcissist) Co-Parent
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Phrases like crazy-making, gas-lighting. twisting words, and avoiding responsibility, are just a few of the many complaints made by the co-parent who is frustrated with a narcissistic co-parent. Diane and Rick address Paul from Phoenix who wants help with his. Although changing someone with personality flaws of any type is nearly impossible, using protective boundaries in communication can minimize conflict and add years to your life!

Here is a list of suggested responses to a narcissitic co-parent, including some of the ones we discussed on this episode:

1.      “Your attempt to portray me in a negative light is noted.”

2.      “I look forward to getting to a place in our co-parenting relationship where we can negotiate things. For the time being, I intend to follow the order 

3.      “This has nothing to do with the matter at hand,” (repeat question they're trying to distract you from). 

4.      “I know that is your perception, but it doesn’t make it reality.”

5.      “I do not feel these misrepresentations warrant a response and I see no purpose to this email other than to increase conflict. As such, I am noting my objection and your attempts to portray me in a negative light.“

6.      “I do not agree with your portrayal of the event in question.”

7.      “Your recollection of events differs greatly from mine.”

8.      “Your attempt to elicit a negative response from me has been noted.” 

9.      “I will keep you abreast of anything that affects our child as it comes up. Thanks for your concern.” 

10.   “Thanks for letting me know your thoughts, I’ll consider them.”

11.   “I’m sorry you see it that way. Our different perceptions is one of the reasons we divorced.”

12.   “I will continue to comply with the court ordered parenting plan as I believe consistency is in the best interest of our child."

13.   In response to threats, “If that is what you feel you must do, I understand.”

14.   “We have reached an impasse of opinion.”

15.   “I am not willing to do that, but thanks for asking.”

16.   “You may access that information at your convenience by signing up for the school’s online portal.” 

17.   “Interesting.”

18.   “If I don’t hear back from you by May 1st, I will assume we are in agreement on this matter.” 

19.   “Please provide a copy of the ________________ that you reference.”

20.   “Your allegations are untrue, but I do not wish to engage in an argument.”


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Aug 15, 2021
BONUS Episode: Terms Defined
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Diane and Rick stand on several principles as they advise co-parents about conflict and communication. On this bonus episode, they discuss the meaning of the terms "co-parent" and "co-parenting,." Are they nouns or verbs? Also, what does it mean to set healthy boundaries with a co-parent (not too rigid and not too loose)? Finally, they discuss their newly-coined term, "NON-Impossible" co-parents, and that no one is let off the hook when it comes to two-way communication. Saying you have an impossible parent doesn't give you a right to be impossible yourself!

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Aug 10, 2021
S1.E3. How Do You Feel About That?
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Kids can leave parents speechless with their bizarre statements or tough questions about the other parent. Diane and Rick respond to Jessica from Atlanta and discuss how to take off the wounded spouse hat and put on the parenting one before talking to children.  Also discussed is the WAC response (Worried, Afraid or Concerned) as  a way to find out how a child feels or thinks about a situation, rather than jumping to conclusions and making it about the co-parent relationship instead of your child's needs.

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Aug 08, 2021
S1.E2. It's Your Turn, Not Your Time
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Angela from Louisville is struggling to help her child experience social events, like birthday parties, because her co-parent refuses to let him do "kid" things on his weekends. This is a common problem many co-parents face as they desire for their children to be like other kids who can experience a range of activities and social experiences without being told, "Sorry, but that's happening on dad's (or mom's) weekend." Diane & Rick talk about the importance of understanding parenting time with children as your "turn" to be a responsible parent, not your "time" to dominate the child's life.

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Aug 01, 2021
S1.E1. "She's Getting Married on My Weekend!"
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Diane & Rick help John in Chicago tackle the tough question of how much is enough when it comes to being flexible with your co-parent. Of course you want your children to attend their other parent's wedding, but it can get frustrating when you give them an inch and they take a mile every time! Boundaries are important and they depend on YOUR values, not THEIR behavior. Listen and learn how to know when to let it go and when to stand your ground on the question of flexibility.

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Jul 27, 2021
Trailer
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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 Your Ground on a variety of complex topics facing co-parents tay. Listeners can call 1-234-DILEMMA (or email 1234Dilemma@gmail.com) and leave a voice or email question 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.

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Jul 16, 2021