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Divorce Conversations for Women

Jun 18, 2021

In this episode, Rhonda welcomes Attorney Dan Exner, Family Law and Divorce Lawyer, and the Founder of Exner Legal, LLC. They talk about mediation.

There are some misperceptions about mediation. Mediation is not an alternative to the divorce process. And mediator is not an attorney that’s there to advise people. Mediators are not supposed to give you any kind of direction - their role is either to find the middle ground or to figure out where there is none. 

The one thing Dan wants you to know is: You need to be empowered with as much information as possible before you go down this path, whatever path you take.

There are many good things you can learn from their conversation, and here are some of them:

  1. Internet is a great source of information. But be careful what you read online. Law changes from state to state, but procedures can change county by county, or even judge to judge. Even be careful who you are talking to because people can have completely different experiences than you.
  2. You are going to have to mediate if you have children and if you’re litigating custody and placement issues.
  3. Mediator can be any person, but you want to choose an attorney, or retired judge, who has dealt with the subject matter because they have seen these cases many times and can give you the best option.

Contact Information and Other Resources

Our guest today was Dan Exner, Family Law & Divorce Lawyer — Founder of Exner Legal, LLC.

Attorney Daniel A. Exner has experienced the best education Wisconsin has to offer. He received his double bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Juris doctorate from Marquette University.

Attorney Exner has practiced exclusively law affecting the family from modifying the current family tree to planning for legal needs in the future. His career started at the national family law firm of Cordell & Cordell where he focused on fathers’ rights. He helped opened Sterling Law Offices and practiced there as a partner until the Fall of 2018, representing people from all walks of life. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar, Illinois Bar (inactive), and Waukesha Bar Association. He is a member of the Foley Inns of Court.

Here’s how Dan describes himself: I am a family law specialist. I can say that because this is all I do. And I am focused on two main practice pillars: I really stress communication. That is important to me. And I do not tell my clients what they are going to do. I’ll give you my advice, I’ll tell you what is a good idea or what is a bad idea, but at the end of the day, it is your case, it is your judgment, you are the one that has to live with it.

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Our host of Divorce Conversations for Women Podcast is Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI, CDFA®

Rhonda Noordyk's relentless pursuit of financial justice for women going through divorce drove her to leave the financial industry in 2014 to open The Women's Financial Wellness Center. She was in search of a better way. She used her knowledge, passion, and experience to build a leading-edge business model. The intention was to create a business that provided a safe place for women - especially those in a vulnerable position - to find their paths, find their voices and find the financial confidence they need to lift themselves out of seemingly hopeless situations. Since starting the Women’s Financial Wellness Center, after a 10+ year career in the financial industry, she has helped alleviate financial vulnerability for thousands of women.

In addition to being the CEO of The Women’s Financial Wellness Center, Rhonda is also a professional speaker. While her platform is women’s money wellness, it is not just about money. Her topics include: assertive communication, boundaries, leadership and overcoming financial myths. Her speaking experience includes: GE Healthcare, UWM Women’s Leadership Conference and Marquette Law School. In addition, she has appeared on Fox6 News, Real Milwaukee, and Morning Blend. Her dynamic and inspirational style leaves women with a sense of empowerment.

Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI, CDFA®

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