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The Divorce Survival Guide Podcast

Mar 25, 2019

This week I’m thrilled to introduce you to Tracey Coates. Tracey has been practicing family law for over 15 years. She is also the host of the podcast, The Divorce Chronicles, a practical resource for those thinking about or in the midst of a divorce.  That last part, it sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Yes, Tracey and I have a lot of similar ideas about the divorce process, which is just one of the many reasons I wanted to have her on the show.

In this episode you’ll hear us cover a wide range of topics including the emotional, financial, and legal aspects of divorce.  We also talk about the importance of setting the tone for divorce proceedings and keeping your children’s wellbeing in check, always. We also drop a few reality checks, like how divorce is never a cookie cutter process. Finally, we wrap things up by talking about how to start a discussion with your spouse about wanting a divorce. All of that and more, in this week’s episode.


Show Highlights

  • Setting the tone for divorce proceedings, especially if you are the one handling most of the process and paperwork (10:36)
  • Divorce is a dissolution of a legal contract (your marriage) and managing people throughout the process (11:32)
  • Divorce is not a cookie cutter process - legally or emotionally (13:00)
  • Legal proceedings, what to do and not to do, plus looking forward to your day in court (is it really all you think it will be cracked up to be?) (14:36)
  • Collaborative divorce is NOT the cheaper way to get divorced (24:13)
  • DIY Divorces, what you need to know and why they may not be the best approach (25:36)
  • Budgeting for the end of marriage, including housing, utilities and more (31:07)
  • Navigating your emotions during divorce and beyond (34:02)
  • How to approach the discussion with your spouse about wanting a divorce (36:20)

Learn More About Tracey:

Tracey Coates is a partner at the law firm of Paley Rothman in Bethesda, Maryland.  She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Family Law department and a member of its Litigation practice group. In addition to being a trained mediator, Tracey volunteers and is a member of the Board of Directors for the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP), an organization whose mission is to provide high-quality, free legal services to low-income D.C. residents in family law cases. She provides pro bono legal representation, doing custody, divorce and guardian ad litem work for survivors of domestic violence and children in high-conflict custody cases. Tracey is also the host of the podcast, The Divorce Chronicles, a practical resource for those thinking about or in the midst of a divorce.  

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For those in the MD/DC area looking for legal advice/representation -- or (301) 968-3418 (Tracey’s assistant)

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