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Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Equitable Mediation Divorce Coach Cheryl Dillon is passionate about helping couples attain a peaceful, fair and cost-effective divorce while putting their children first. When she’s not supporting her clients through the emotional aspects of this significant life transition, you can find her trying to stick to an exercise program, going on long morning walks and trying to persuade Joe to let her adopt 5 or 10 more dogs.

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Positive Things About Divorce

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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Years ago, when I was in the middle of a divorce, I remembered thinking I'd never be happy again.

My life was in such turmoil and I was so consumed by sadness and anger that I couldn't imagine any future where I would be over my bad marriage or divorce, let alone be able to learn, heal, grow and move on.

If you are preparing to start the divorce process or are currently in the midst of your own divorce, you can probably relate!

But I want you to know that there is a such thing as a positive divorce.

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Topics: Divorce Support, Contemplating Divorce

How to Know if Marriage Counseling is Working

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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There are many reasons that lead a couple to seek a marriage counselor. They could be experiencing a lot of prolonged conflict or other problems between them, one or both might have been unfaithful or there could just be silence between them.

But no matter the reason(s), when a couple does finally go to see a couples counselor, they’re often at a stage where it’s their very last hope.

Marriage counseling sessions can help a couple address the issues they’re facing now and also lay a foundation to help them better deal with future issues.

And while sometimes, one spouse already knows they want to divorce and they’re bringing the counselor on board to help soften the blow, most go to counseling because they truly want to try to work things out and save the marriage.

But does marriage counseling work? How long should a couple invest in marital counseling?

And what are some signs to indicate that their relationship is getting back on track? Or signs to indicate it might be time to throw in the towel and call it quits?

By the way, I know first-hand that marital counseling shouldn't only be considered successful if the marriage can be repaired. Because it can also be successful if it helps a couple recognize they’re not in a healthy relationship and then gives them the encouragement they need to focus on a respectful divorce using mediation.

I asked a panel of respected therapists how to know if marriage counseling is working. Here’s what they said…

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Topics: Contemplating Divorce

The Most Catastrophic Mistake to Avoid in a Stay at Home Mom Divorce

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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Regardless of whether you're the one driving the decision or are on the receiving end of such shocking news, for stay at home moms divorce and the end of a marriage can be utterly terrifying.

The worries pour in and flood your mind filling you with anxiety. You lose sleep thinking about:

  • Will I be able to afford to stay in the house?
  • How will I pay off those credit cards?
  • How will I be able to put my kids through college?
  • How will I save for my retirement?
  • Will I receive enough child support and alimony (spousal support / maintenance)?
  • Will I have to get a job and join the work force? If so, how will I do it?
  • How will I support myself and my children after the divorce is finalized? 

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

In a stay at home mom divorce, all of this boils down to fear. And money.

And it makes perfect sense given you don't currently have full-time employment and don't earn an income and you haven't had a career or been in the workforce since the kids were born.

And you may not even have visibility into the household finances. 

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediator vs. Lawyers, Divorce Mediation

The articles in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice, financial advice, emotional advice or counsel.

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