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Diane Dierks & Rick Voyles Podcasters

DIANE DIERKS is a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as the executive director of the Center for Navigating Family Change (www.CNFC.org), a non-profit that provides court-ordered parenting education and co-parenting services to the state of Georgia. She has been a parenting coordinator and reunification therapist for many years, and provides consultation and expert witness services in high conflict custody matters. She resides in St. Simons Island, Georgia, with her husband and their three-legged Lab mix and one-eyed Yorkie. She has two grown children and two grandchildren.

RICK VOYLES is CEO of the Center for Dispute Solutions, as well as a certified business coach, an anger management specialist and a professional mediator. Rick travels internationally, training and developing federal mediators in their agency ADR programs. He is a published author, business coach and entrepreneur. He has developed an online Mediation Training including over 17 video presentations. He has also produced a TV program, “Conflict, Mediation and You” where he discusses topics in conflict management, as well as mediation techniques. Rick is a subject matter expert in the areas of Divorce, Co-parenting, Negotiation, Cross-cultural Communication and Conflict Resolution. He frequently teaches court-ordered co-parenting seminars and is a trained parenting coordinator. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Janet.

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S4.E40. Are You On A Mission For Peace Or Revenge?: A Unique Look At Self Care &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E40. Are You on a Mission for Peace or Revenge?: A Unique Look at Self Care

Have a quick question? Send us a text message! Click HEREDiane & Rick explore self care from the perspective of working on the root cause of co-parent stress, rather than treating the symptoms of …

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Have a quick question? Send us a text message! Click HEREDiane & Rick explore self care from the perspective of working on the root cause of co-parent stress, rather than treating the symptoms of the stress. They discuss it from the point of you of the divorce professional, as well as those in the  midst of a toxic co-parent relationship. Also explored is the importance of understanding your process and developing a mission statement for your work or children.To find Dr. Childress’ book, go to this LINKGo to Patreon .com/CPDilemmas to become a Non-Impossible VIP and get all the great p…

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S4.E39. Should Dad Hold On Or Let Go Of This Conflict? &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E39. Should Dad Hold On or Let Go of This Conflict?

Have a quick question? Send us a text message! Click HEREJohn asks the all-important question, “Should I fight?” Diane & Rick break down the risks and benefits of letting go vs. holding on to …

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Have a quick question? Send us a text message! Click HEREJohn asks the all-important question, “Should I fight?” Diane & Rick break down the risks and benefits of letting go vs. holding on to the conflict. They explore the complexity of balancing children’s needs with parental rights and conclude that so much depends on the type and temperament of the other parent. S4.E34. is the show Diane refers to in this episode about how to decide where to set your boundaries regarding parenting plan flexibility. Go to Patreon .com/CPDilemmas to become a Non-Impossible VIP and get all the great…

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S4.E38. An Alienated Father”S Message (On Mother’s Day) &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E38. An Alienated Father”s Message (on Mother’s Day)

Have a quick question? Send us a text message! Click HEREDiane & Rick take a week off to spend time with their families, so today’s episode is featuring a new podcast created by a Co-Parent Dile…

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Have a quick question? Send us a text message! Click HEREDiane & Rick take a week off to spend time with their families, so today’s episode is featuring a new podcast created by a Co-Parent Dilemmas listener! Jack, the host, speaks poignantly about what he’s learned as an alienated dad and how he maintains a strong bond with his children, despite the mountain of obstacles his co-parent puts in their way. Even though it’s releasing on Mother’s Day, a parent is a parent, no matter the label. So, this is a tribute to all who nurture their children well, regardless of gender. CLICK HER…

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S4.E37. Surviving The Psychopath: Evolving Your State Of Mind &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E37. Surviving the Psychopath: Evolving Your State of Mind

Has the co-parent world gone absolutely crazy? In some ways, yes! Diane & Rick discuss the disturbing patterns they often see in their work, and hear about from listeners, that signal the need for…

Has the co-parent wo…

Has the co-parent world gone absolutely crazy? In some ways, yes! Diane & Rick discuss the disturbing patterns they often see in their work, and hear about from listeners, that signal the need for an evolutionary change in thinking for those who suffer their co-parent’s psychopathic behaviors. The hosts discuss the importance of accepting the chronic toxicity, but addressing the acute moments of panic by finding out what children need in the here and now. WANT SPECIAL  DISCOUNTS ON POPULAR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR CO-PARENTS? Check out our OFFERS page at www.CPDilemmas.com/offers to li…

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S4.E36. How You Say Goodbye Is A Big Deal &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E36. How You Say Goodbye Is A Big Deal

Claire writes in and asks what to do about a co-parent who takes more than 5 minutes to say goodbye to their daughter at each exchange. Diane & Rick discuss the importance of  taking care during …

Claire writes in and…

Claire writes in and asks what to do about a co-parent who takes more than 5 minutes to say goodbye to their daughter at each exchange. Diane & Rick discuss the importance of  taking care during exchanges to send the message that parents will be okay, no matter which house the child WANT SPECIAL  DISCOUNTS ON POPULAR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR CO-PARENTS? Check out our OFFERS page at www.CPDilemmas.com/offers to link to vendor discount codes. WE HAVE A NEW RESOURCES PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! Visit www.CPDilemmas.com/resources to view the email protocol, 20 Responses to Difficult Co-Parents, F…

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S4.E35. The Inconvenienced Parent &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E35. The Inconvenienced Parent

Listener Amanda writes to Diane & Rick regarding her co-parent’s complaint about their daughter’s activities being too inconvenient for him and his spouse to endure. The hosts discuss the conc…

Listener Amanda writ…

Listener Amanda writes to Diane & Rick regarding her co-parent’s complaint about their daughter’s activities being too inconvenient for him and his spouse to endure. The hosts discuss the concept of time with children being the co-parents’ “turn” to be responsible, not their time to dominate the child’s interests. They also explore alternative language to their parenting plan regarding major decision making.  WE HAVE A NEW RESOURCES PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! Visit www.CPDilemmas.com/resources to view the email protocol, 20 Responses to Difficult Co-Parents, FINAL DECISION-MAKING LA…

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S4.E34. Caught In The Middle…Between My Ex And My Spouse! &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E34. Caught in the Middle…Between My Ex and My Spouse!

Listener Ashley is frustrated by both her husband and her co-parent. She frequently finds herself caught between them, and none of it is helpful to her 12-year-old son. Diane & Rick explore the di…

Listener Ashley is f…

Listener Ashley is frustrated by both her husband and her co-parent. She frequently finds herself caught between them, and none of it is helpful to her 12-year-old son. Diane & Rick explore the difficulties of navigating this  dilemma, and discuss both sides of the equation.WE HAVE A NEW RESOURCES PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! Visit www.CPDilemmas.com/resources to view the email protocol, 20 Responses to Difficult Co-Parents, and other documents discussed on the podcast. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting suppo…

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S4.E33. Should I Send The Kids To A Toxic Household? &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E33. Should I Send the Kids to a Toxic Household?

Diane & Rick respond to a listener’s question about withholding parenting time due to a history of domestic violence and continued toxicity in their other home. What are the steps to determine s…

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Diane & Rick respond to a listener’s question about withholding parenting time due to a history of domestic violence and continued toxicity in their other home. What are the steps to determine safety issues? How do parents balance protecting children with the risk of being accused of parental alienation? The co-hosts break it down. WE HAVE A NEW RESOURCES PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! Visit www.CPDilemmas.com/resources to view the email protocol, 20 Responses to Difficult Co-Parents, and other documents discussed on the podcast. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Pa…

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S4.E32. Summer Sabotage &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E32. Summer Sabotage

Diane and Rick answer listener Carlos’ question about the confusing paragraph in his parenting plan regarding the summer schedule. His co-parent is attempting to manipulate the schedule to get more …

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Diane and Rick answer listener Carlos’ question about the confusing paragraph in his parenting plan regarding the summer schedule. His co-parent is attempting to manipulate the schedule to get more time than the plan intends. The hosts discuss alternative ways to structure a plan like this and the importance of minimizing conflict for the children so they can enjoy their summer vacation. WE HAVE A NEW RESOURCES PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! Visit www.CPDilemmas.com/resources to view the email protocol, 20 Responses to Difficult Co-Parents, and other documents discussed on the podcast. We are excited…

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S4.E31. I Want To Ghost My Narcissistic Co-Parent! &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E31. I Want to Ghost My Narcissistic Co-Parent!

Listener Colleen wants to stop communicating with her co-parent so she can get emotional relief. Diane & Rick revisit the importance of following the structured email protocol and talk about the p…

Listener Colleen wan…

Listener Colleen wants to stop communicating with her co-parent so she can get emotional relief. Diane & Rick revisit the importance of following the structured email protocol and talk about the pitfalls of going silent or ignoring the impossible co-parent. WE HAVE A NEW RESOURCES PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! Visit www.CPDilemmas.com/resources to view the email protocol, 20 Responses to Difficult Co-Parents, and other documents discussed on out podcast. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online e…

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S4.E30. “How Do I Get Her To Stop?” The Purpose Of Boundaries &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E30. “How Do I Get Her to Stop?” The Purpose of Boundaries

Diane & Rick address Zachary’s question about how to get his co-parent to stop bringing her toxic boyfriend to the children’s activities. He worries the children will get in the middle of the …

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Diane & Rick address Zachary’s question about how to get his co-parent to stop bringing her toxic boyfriend to the children’s activities. He worries the children will get in the middle of the conflict. They discuss the purpose of setting a boundary is for proactive self-protection, not to manage the other parent’s behavior. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour, beginning March 6th. You can come to one or come to all. Each week of the m…

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S4.E29. Is It Possible Or Probable? Let That Be Your Guide &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E29. Is It Possible or Probable? Let That Be Your Guide

Diane & Rick address listener Danny’s question about the top three issues facing high-conflict parents and how to resolve them. The hosts discuss the fact that the issues are not the problem, bu…

Diane & Rick add…

Diane & Rick address listener Danny’s question about the top three issues facing high-conflict parents and how to resolve them. The hosts discuss the fact that the issues are not the problem, but what lies underneath them, such as the fears and threats that drive the conflict. They explore the idea that some conflicts are not worth fighting for if the feared outcome is merely possible, but not probable. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour…

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S4.E29. Is It Possible Or Probable? Let That Be Your Guide &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E29. Is It Possible or Probable? Let That Be Your Guide

Diane & Rick address listener Danny’s question about the top three issues facing high-conflict parents and how to resolve them. The hosts discuss the fact that the issues are not the problem, bu…

Diane & Rick add…

Diane & Rick address listener Danny’s question about the top three issues facing high-conflict parents and how to resolve them. The hosts discuss the fact that the issues are not the problem, but what lies underneath them, such as the fears and threats that drive the conflict. They explore the idea that some conflicts are not worth fighting for if the feared outcome is merely possible, but not probable. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour…

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S4.E29. Is It Possible Or Probable? Let That Be Your Guide &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E29. Is It Possible or Probable? Let That Be Your Guide

Diane & Rick address listener Danny’s question about the top three issues facing high-conflict parents and how to resolve them. The hosts discuss the fact that the issues are not the problem, bu…

Diane & Rick add…

Diane & Rick address listener Danny’s question about the top three issues facing high-conflict parents and how to resolve them. The hosts discuss the fact that the issues are not the problem, but what lies underneath them, such as the fears and threats that drive the conflict. They explore the idea that some conflicts are not worth fighting for if the feared outcome is merely possible, but not probable. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour…

Listen · 40:12
S4.E28. Daddy’s Little Girl &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E28. Daddy’s Little Girl

Shawn asks a question about how to help her 19-year-old daughter repair her relationship with her father. Diane & Rick discuss the importance of acting parental no matter how old the child is. The…

Shawn asks a questio…

Shawn asks a question about how to help her 19-year-old daughter repair her relationship with her father. Diane & Rick discuss the importance of acting parental no matter how old the child is. The discuss the daughter’s dilemma of not only competing for her father’s time, but dealing with the fact he married someone close to her age. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour, beginning March 6th. You can come to one or come to all. Each week o…

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S4.E27. The Problem With Self-Representation &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E27. The Problem with Self-Representation

Sometimes approaching your court case without an attorney can leave you vulnerable and without all the information you need to make good decisions. Diane & Rick explore a listener’s frustrations…

Sometimes approachin…

Sometimes approaching your court case without an attorney can leave you vulnerable and without all the information you need to make good decisions. Diane & Rick explore a listener’s frustrations about her parenting plan language and how things may have been different if she had not run out of money and had to act pro se. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour, beginning March 6th. You can come to one or come to all. Each week of the month wi…

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S4.E26. Who Gets Final Say? Another Parenting Plan Disaster &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E26. Who Gets Final Say? Another Parenting Plan Disaster

Diane & Rick answer listener Ryan’s question about which therapist he and his co-parent should choose for their daughter. The one nearest dad or mom? What really matters? Is it possible to have …

Diane & Rick ans…

Diane & Rick answer listener Ryan’s question about which therapist he and his co-parent should choose for their daughter. The one nearest dad or mom? What really matters? Is it possible to have a “harmonious” discussion, as their parenting plan orders them to do? You might be surprised by their answers. CLICK HERE to access the paragraph about Final Decision Making mentioned in this episode. We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour, beginn…

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S4.E25. Narcissism In Co-Parenting: What Is It? How Do You Respond? Will Your Child Be A Narcissist, Too? &Raquo; 5Cfec01B44F3E29Fae1Fb88Ade93Fc4Aecd05B192Fbfbc2C2F1Daa412B7C1921 1 Scaled
S4.E25. Narcissism in Co-Parenting: What is it? How do you respond? Will your child be a narcissist, too?

Diane & Rick discuss the mental health issues that are connected to someone with an extremely self-focused personality disorder, also known as a Narcissist. They differentiate the clinical informa…

Diane & Rick dis…

Diane & Rick discuss the mental health issues that are connected to someone with an extremely self-focused personality disorder, also known as a Narcissist. They differentiate the clinical information from what is promoted on social media and help listeners to determine how to respond to a narcissistic co-parent with good boundaries and not as a victim.We are excited to announce a new benefit for listeners who become Patreon VIPs (for only $10/month)! Diane will be hosting support groups online every Wednesday at noon (EST) for an hour, beginning March 6th. You can come to one or come to a…

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