How to Dump Your Divorce Money Fears & Design Your Exit w/Debra Doak

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2020

The biggest challenge in any divorce, next to the emotional fallout, tends to be finances.

From the fear of going down to one income to how the new financial dynamic will impact our children, it’s perfectly natural to worry about the financial implications of splitting up.

Those fears come from a place of uncertainty because divorce is such a significant change in so many aspects of our lives. 

In divorce, especially when it comes to finances, it’s critical that we intentionally design an exit strategy instead of being emotionally reactive. If not, we risk making the process harder, more expensive, and more emotionally draining than it needs to be. 

How do we start the process of financially planning for life after divorce? How can we address the financial fears that come with divorce? What can we do to navigate an ex who shows love by buying things for the kids? 

In this episode, I’m joined by Certified Divorce Coach® and Divorce Financial Analyst®, Debra Doak who shares how to dump our money fears!



3 Things You’ll Love About This Episode

  • Sometimes the answer isn’t to divorce immediately 
    Financial implications are one of the reasons we need to be strategic about divorce. Instead of rushing to get out of the marriage, we might have to consider holding off filing. That allows us to fully consider how to get the best financial outcome for us and our children. 

  • Avoid focusing on shiny objects 
    When the income that used to provide for one household has to provide for two, money isn't going to go as far. Our standard of living is going to go down, and the funds we’ll have to spend on our kids are going to be reduced. Though it's a challenge if our ex shows our kids love by buying them things, remember it’s not a competition and what truly counts is the relationship we nurture with our kids.
  • Start with your end goal 
    Part of divorce is remembering that we love ourselves enough to create a life for ourselves, and in doing so we get to plan for it and budget for it. If we do it with an expert, the sky’s the limit. We can create a great life and financial reality in the aftermath. It starts with us knowing our budget before we get to the negotiating table. 


Guest Bio: 

Debra Doak specializes in helping women make hard decisions about marriage, divorce, money, and life. She is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach®, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Ohio Supreme Court trained Family Court Mediator, and the author of High Conflict Divorce for Women. She specializes in giving women the confidence they need to speak up in their relationships or at the negotiating table. Visit and Get Debra’s Exit Strategy Checklist here.  


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