Practical solutions for those with impossible co-parents!
Co-Parent Dilemmas

Co-Parent Dilemmas

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. Episodes are released every Sunday at noon. Listeners can email their dilemmas or questions to to have it addressed on an upcoming episode. Learn how to be a NON-Impossible co-parent by listening each week!

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ALBC podcasters, Sarah Edmondson & Nippy Ames, escaped the cult NXIVM and were major whistleblowers who played a large part in the making of the popular HBO series, The Vow (now in its second season). Co-Parent Dilemmas podcast co-hosts, Diane Dierks and Rick Voyles, joined ALBC recently to talk about the similarities between cult leaders and parental alienators. If you’ve experienced either of these devastating situations, you don’t want to miss this collaborative look at the masters of coercive control.



Recent Episodes

May 28, 2023

S3.E21. The Distress Call from Your Child: Ignore or Rescue?

Diane & Rick explore the subject of what to do when a child calls from the other home, complaining about your co-parent and seems distressed. How do you determine if it is serious or just venting? Do you stop answering after ...

May 21, 2023

S3.E20. What Will the GAL Think of Me?

A Reddit listener poses a common question about how to spend their first hour with a guardian ad litem in order to make a good impression. Diane & Rick discuss the weight of that responsibility and how stressful it can be. Th...

May 14, 2023

S3.E19. Do We Have to Be on the Same Page?

Diane & Rick address listener James’ question about the extremes his children experience between him and their mom. He is the relaxed parent and she is very rigid. Does it harm children to have such different parents? Do they...

May 07, 2023

S3.E18. Should I Tell My Kids the “Truth”?

Heather wonders how to talk to her 11-year-old son about her co-parent’s marijuana use. He’s asking a lot of detailed questions, and she wants him to be able to trust his instincts. Are there times when telling the truth is b...

April 30, 2023

S3.E17. When You Can’t Convince Your Co-Parent to Be a Parent

Listener Heather writes to share her experience of using our DRAGON method to solve her childcare issue, rather than trying to convince her co-parent to help out. Diane & Rick discuss the value and emotional freedom of findin...

April 23, 2023

S3.E16. How Did I End Up with a Control Freak?

Diane & Rick explore the characteristics of “good” people who fall prey to coercively controlling partners. They discuss the need to emotionally manage the reaction of their partners, to be a good co-parent, and to be fully u...

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About the Hosts

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Dr. RIck Voyles

Business owner, mediator, parent coordinator, author, and podcast co-host

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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Diane Dierks

Non-profit director, licensed therapist, author, and podcast co-host

DIANE DIERKS is a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as the executive director of the Center for Navigating Family Change (, 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.