The Divorce Podcast

The Divorce Podcast
Originally published on 13th December 2018 at 5:52 PM

This year Kate invited guests to join her in a series of podcasts that aim to address divorce in the UK with a fresh lens, countering the often sensationalist way it is portrayed in the media, challenging the status quo, and driving for reform.

Episode #1: Launch Episode: Divorce & Society

Kate is joined by Jeremy Gordon, Rabbi of New London Synagogue, Thomas Pascoe, Campaign Director at the Coalition for Marriage, and Isabel Russo, Head of Ceremonies at Humanists UK. During the first ever episode of the Divorce Podcast, the guests discuss:

  • Divorce in today’s society; should divorce laws should change to keep up?
  • How the current divorce laws affect couples looking to separate
  • Does No-Fault divorce help or hinder the most vulnerable people in our society?
  • The role of religious institutions and their leaders when it comes to divorce

Listen to the episode here.

Episode #2: Today’s Divorce laws – fit for purpose? A discussion with David Hodson OBE

In this episode, Kate is joined by David Hodson OBE.

Topics covered include:

  • The changing shape and perception of divorce over the years
  • How expectations of our new generation clash with the expectations of the past
  • The case for no-fault divorce
  • The conceptuality of marriage and divorce
  • The options for a new way to divorce and what we can learn from other countries
  • The power of reflection periods
  • How technology is changing the divorce process
  • Mediation – the government has invested heavily in promoting mediate, so why hasn’t it taken off?
  • And…the benefits and downsides of the range of current ways to get divorced

Listen to the episode here.

Episode #3: Divorce and co-parenting

In this episode, Kate is joined by CAFCASS CEO, Anthony Douglas, Penny Mansfield – Director of One plus One and Sociologist specialising in couple and family relationships, and Marcie Shaoul – a co-parenting expert and founder of Rolling Stone Coaching. The guests discuss divorce and parenting including:

  • The challenges couples face when transitioning from parent to co-parent, as well as the skills and knowledge parents need to enable a positive co-parenting relationship.
  • The trend towards shared parenting
  • The importance of being emotionally ready to divorce and make arrangements
  • The effects of divorce on children and what can be done to protect them and help them thrive

Listen to the episode here.

Episode #4: ‘Happily even after’ – the legal process vs the emotional journey

During episode four, Kate interviews Nigel Sheppard, Solicitor, Arbitrator, Head of Family Law at Mills and Reeve and of Resolution and David Leckie, Global Director of Divorce Hotel International.

The topics of discussion span across:

  • Current divorce processes including the concept behind new ways to divorce including Divorce Hotel and the Australian model for divorce.
  • The emotional journey of divorce vs the legal process
  • Ending the blame game and the case for no-fault divorce, including an overview of Tini Owen’s divorce case
  • The issue of access to justice, advice, and guidance
  • What’s got to change to improve the divorce journey for families
  • How the experience of the divorce as a child – how it affects the younger generation

Listen to the episode here.

You can listen to all episodes of The Divorce Podcast on any of the channels below:

If you would like to be involved in future episodes of the Divorce Podcasts or have a topic / guest suggestion, then please get in touch.

About the author

Hannah Hodgkinson is Head of Marketing at amicable. Hannah has over six years experience working for global NGOs and private consultancies and has a passion for marketing for companies with a social purpose


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