FSOD008: Interview with Vicky Townsend, the creator of the Cafe D.

Vicky Townsend in a Blue Blazer

Vicky Townsend is the proud mother of two amazing children, Kristen and Connor, and mother to two incredibly cute, and yet completely ill mannered dachshund, Alfalfa and Froggy.  Vicky is president and CEO of Inspiration University.  Through Inspiration University, Vicky is able to help thousands of women across South Florida, grow their businesses, and increase their bottom line profitability.   Vicky’s events have inspired, motivated and informed women entrepreneurs to be their best and create the life they want.

After two painful divorces, and an eye opening, life changing event that included being interviewed on stage by Oprah Winfrey, Vicky’s passion and purpose led her to her newest venture “The Café D” an online respite site for those that find themselves going through the pain of divorce, providing them with referrals, resources and emotional support at a most difficult time in their lives.   She’s also created “National Association of Divorce Professionals”, launches in the fall, which connects those in any business in the divorce industry with one another and helps them expand their referral base amongst industry professionals.  Think Angie’s List/Chamber of Commerce for the divorce industry!

Vicky volunteers on several charities and their boards, including SHUZZ, a charity designed to give a simple pair of shoes to needy children around the world, and Women of Tomorrow, a charity designed to reach and mentor at risk teenage girls, and supports the Boys and Girls Club by being a committee member on one of their largest fundraising events of the year.

FSOD006: Interview with Paul Volker, the Wizard Behind “Our Family Wizard”

Many years ago, when Paul Volker was going through his own divorce, he had the inspiration to create Our Family Wizard. His motivation was simple: he wanted the best possible tools for parents in separating and divorcing families to communicate and organize their lives.

The vision of Our Family Wizard is to be recognized as the network that enriches family relationships through better organization and communication.

Listen to his interview and I think you will agree, he has achieved his vision. Our Family Wizard is committed to removing conflict and decreasing the need for involvement of courts, judges, attorneys and other industry professionals.

FSOD005: DIY Divorce: Good choice or bad?! (Pro Se Divorce)

DIY projects can save money, which is always a good thing, but unlike a DIY painting project, which can be repainted if something goes wrong, DIY divorce has far reaching implications.

On this episode Judge Sexton describes the differences in pro se divorce, uncontested divorce and simplified divorce. Even though most states allow people to file and litigate their own divorce, is it always advisable? Judge Sexton explains some of the pitfalls in doing your own divorce.

FSOD004: Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck: Mediation not Litigation

From all accounts, Ms. Garner and Mr. Affleck are trying to mediate the issues in their divorce. Certainly it seems to have made a difference. We don’t read or hear in the news allegations flying back and forth. And with all the media sources competing for news, you can be sure that any tidbit would be trumpeted.

Probably the main reason for the lack of coverage is that mediation is confidential. Other than for specific exceptions, everything discussed in mediation is confidential. Compare that to a court proceeding, which is open to the public.

Many states require mediation if the case is being litigated. But there is nothing to prevent you from trying mediation as soon as possible, like Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Who knows, you might settle the case or at least resolve some issues. And that can only benefit you and your children.

FSOD001: Getting a Divorce When You’ve Moved – Jurisdiction and Residency

One key to surviving divorce court is to understand some of the terminology used in the divorce process.

In this back to basics podcast, Judge Sexton discusses the terms residency and jurisdiction: how they can impact not only when you can file for your divorce, but what happens if you don’t meet the residency requirement of your state.

Also, how does failure to meet the residency requirement impact the court’s jurisdiction?

What occurs if the judge finds he/she does not have jurisdiction?

What does “home state” mean?