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Oct. 31, 2021

15. Grandparent Dilemmas

Diane & Rick answer listener Kathy’s question about access to grandchildren after divorce. She is frustrated that her ex daughter-in-law won’t be flexible about her time with the kids when the grandparents are in town. Rick &...

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Oct. 24, 2021

14. My Child's Too Busy for Me :-(

Diane and Rick address Jared's dilemma with his co-parent regarding too many activities on his parenting time. He claims the other parent is purposely involving their child in activities on his weekends, and it's negatively a...

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Oct. 17, 2021

13. How Soon is too Soon?

A listener asks about introducing his new dating partner to the children. Diane & Rick explore all of the risks and benefits of introducing too soon, how it affects children, and talking to his co-parent about it. Should he h...

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Oct. 10, 2021

12. "Who Do You Think You Are?" When step-parents play the role of co-parent

Tiffany from Georgia writes to ask how she can get her co-parent to communicate with her instead of his new wife. Diane and Rick explore both sides of the issue when a step-parent is actually better at communicating than the ...

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Oct. 3, 2021

11. Gotcha!

Diane and Rick answer a question about what to do when the court-ordered parenting plan is vague, unclear, and doesn't account for practical situations -- especially when your co-parent likes to be the parenting plan police! ...

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Sept. 26, 2021

10. Mommy's Coming!: Loving kids through disappointment

Jerome from Mississippi poses a heart-breaking dilemma for Diane and Rick to address - what to do when the other parent isn't consistent with her visitation. Do you let it go and just ignore broken promises that disappoint th...

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Sept. 19, 2021

9. Why Can't We Be Friends?

Sarah from London asks a common question about achieving the balance between "friendship" with a co-parent vs. moving on separately. Diane and Rick talk about the risks of holding on to a relationship that didn't work in mar...

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Sept. 12, 2021

8. "She's too sick," and Other Excuses Parents Use to Withhold Visitation

Everyone knows that court-ordered parenting time is sacred, but some co-parents think they have legitimate reasons to withhold visitation from the other parent. With the recent COVID crisis, this is an increasingly sticky sit...

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Sept. 5, 2021

7. The Enemy is Calling

There is no issue that will put the kids in the middle more than conflict about a child's cell phone! Diane and Rick talk about the importance of seeing this issue from the child's point of view, and they share tips for creat...

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Aug. 29, 2021

6. Do the Right Thing for Your Kids' Sake

Diane and Rick answer Kaylie's question about both co-parents attending a child's doctor's or other professional's appointments. Is it worth the fight to both be there? Or should one parent let it go? In this episode, they wi...

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Aug. 22, 2021

5. "How Dare You!" - Sharing an Opinion without Starting a War

Most high-conflict co-parents work hard to not talk to one another to avoid conflict, but what do they do when they have a real concern and want to share an opinion? Diane and Rick respond to Brandon's voicemail dilemma about...

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Aug. 15, 2021

4. Responding to an Impossible (Narcissist) Co-Parent

Phrases like crazy-making, gas-lighting. twisting words, and avoiding responsibility, are just a few of the many complaints made by the co-parent who is frustrated with a narcissistic co-parent. Diane and Rick address Paul fr...

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Aug. 10, 2021

BONUS Episode: Terms Defined

Diane and Rick stand on several principles as they advise co-parents about conflict and communication. On this bonus episode, they discuss the meaning of the terms "co-parent" and "co-parenting,." Are they nouns or verbs? Als...

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Aug. 8, 2021

3. How Do You Feel About That?

Kids can leave parents speechless with their bizarre statements or tough questions about the other parent. Diane and Rick respond to Jessica from Atlanta and discuss how to take off the wounded spouse hat and put on the paren...

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Aug. 1, 2021

2. It's Your Turn, Not Your Time

Angela from Louisville is struggling to help her child experience social events, like birthday parties, because her co-parent refuses to let him do "kid" things on his weekends. This is a common problem many co-parents face a...

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July 27, 2021

1. "She's Getting Married on My Weekend!"

Diane & Rick help John in Chicago tackle the tough question of how much is enough when it comes to being flexible with your co-parent. Of course you want your children to attend their other parent's wedding, but it can get fr...

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July 16, 2021


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 ...

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