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Disrupting Divorce: Conversations for Women

Oct 15, 2021

In this episode, Rhonda welcomes Amanda Singer. Amanda is Co-Owner of West Coast Family Mediation Center. She is a Licensed Attorney, Certified Mediator, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Amanda’s key area of practice is mediation. 

According to Amanda, mediation is not going to work in all situations, but it does in a lot more than people realize. Some couples might agree on everything and they just might need more help with getting things done correctly. And there are those that agree on nothing. At least they have to both agree on mediation. Communication is not easy. Make sure you utilize the mediator’s expertise to help you through this process, especially if you have kids. 

Here are some of Amanda’s recommendations about mediation and communication during the divorce process:

  1. Mediation is a voluntary process and both partners have to be willing to participate, compromise, and communicate.  
  2. Once you’re already in mediation, share your concerns with the mediator.
  3. Think about how you’re communicating with your spouse, or soon be your ex-spouse during the process. It is important to take a step back and think about what it is you’re saying and how it is going to be received. 

Contact Information and Other Resources

Our guest today was Amanda Singer, Co-Owner and Professional Family Mediator, Licensed Attorney, Certified Mediator, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. 

Here’s how Amanda describes herself: I am a proud co-owner and professional family mediator of West Coast Family Mediation Center (parent company of San Diego Family Mediation Center and California Family Mediation Center in Orange County). We are dedicated to helping families deal with conflict constructively and find ways to improve communication, solve problems, and reach agreements on legal and non-legal issues. I have seen litigation destroy relationships. I am passionate about mediation, which helps our clients maintain a relationship and get to the heart of the issues that are causing conflict.

We help families through all stages of life including pre-marital mediation, marital mediation, divorce mediation, parenting plans, blended family mediation, and estate planning distribution. Our goal is to help educate you on the benefits of mediation and see how we can help.

I have my JD from Chapman University School of Law as well as my Masters in Dispute Resolution from The Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. I have completed extensive mediation training, including certification as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA)

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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®

CEO | The Women's Financial Wellness Center | (262) 522-1502

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