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Founded in Sacramento, California, SPLIT | DECISIONS deals with divorce as it really is — not just a lawsuit, but a lifestyle.

Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce, meaning essentially one hundred percent of people are impacted by it in their lifetimes. Whether you’re separating or divorced, in a blended family, an adult child of divorce — or simply know someone who is (and you do, everyone does) — our network’s goal is to inform, entertain, and most of all, support your Split Decisions.

Host and cooperative divorce attorney Erika Englund, together with her co-hosts — Certified Family Law Specialists* at Forester Purcell Stowell — and nationally known divorce professional guests bring entertainment, expertise, opinions, and the personal experiences of divorce.

Launched in 2016 as a weekly one-hour talk radio show, we’ve re-worked the resource into a network of voices, fresh perspectives, and more to help you make better split decisions, in divorce and in life. Visit our blog and our Facebook page for Live commentary and interviews covering the real real of divorce life.


Follow Split Decisions on Twitter at @_splitdecisions and “Like” our Facebook page Split Decisions Divorce to receive notifications of LIVE conversations. Catch up on archived shows and reach out to Erika and her co-hosts on the website. It’s your #divorcelifestyle ~ make it a good one.

*Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

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Meet the Hosts

Host – Erika Englund

Cooperative Divorce Attorney Erika Englund is one of Northern California’s most innovative and effective divorce mediators. Split Decisions was conceived by Erika after she was approached by Money 105.5 FM in 2016 to host a show based upon her positive, productive, affordable and efficient approach to divorce resolution. Erika is proud to have worked with the station to provide a totally new take on divorce in the modern world. Funny, irreverent and smart (or, at least she thinks she is), Erika is looking forward to sharing her experience, your experience, and the opinions of the area’s top divorce professionals with everyone who seeks to make better Split Decisions.

Co-Host – Matthew K. Purcell, CFLS

Attorney & Certified Family Law Specialist, Husband, Daddy, Pet-Parent, Gamer, Bruin, Fantasy Football Savant, Sunscreen Aficionado, @matthewkpurcell

Matt’s practice covers a range of family law areas, from intricate property and support issues to complex custody disputes involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, parental alienation, and relocations. He is particularly passionate about protecting the well-being of the children who are involved in these contentious adult situations. Believing that successful outcomes are most often reached through negotiation and settlement, he is adept at handling litigated cases when one or both parties simply cannot compromise. Outside the office, Matt serves on the Board of WIND Youth Services, a nonprofit providing support and services for youth experiencing homelessness. Matt is a shareholder with FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC in Folsom, California.

Certified Family Law Specialist (“CFLS”), The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Co-Host – Neil M. E. Forester, CFLS

Attorney & Certified Family Law SpecialistHusband, Pet-Parent, WEAVE Board, Gamer, Grillmaster, Boxer Rescue Advocate, INTJ, Juggler, @nmeforester

With a practice dedicated 100% to family law and litigation, Neil is most drawn to helping clients with complex financial issues, particularly involving business entities. Outside the law firm, Neil serves as President and Board Chair for WEAVE, a Sacramento-based nonprofit working to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Neil also volunteers as Board President for NorCal Boxer Rescue, playing roles as foster pet-parent and pro bono legal counsel. His law firm, FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC, is located in Folsom, California.

Certified Family Law Specialist (“CFLS”), The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Co-Host – Michelle L. Stowell, CFLS

Attorney & Certified Family Law Specialist, Mom to Twins, Special Needs Child Advocate, Spin Class Junky, @stowellfamlaw

As the mother of a child with autism, Michelle has a particular interest in resolving family law issues facing parents with special needs children. She devotes a significant portion of her practice toward helping clients who have children with special needs. Focused exclusively on family law since 2003, Michelle has the knowledge and flexibility to tailor legal strategies and solutions to her clients’ unique circumstances involving marriage dissolution, custody, child and spousal support, business valuations, and other community property issues. Outside the office, Michelle is a board member for Families for Early Autism Treatment (“FEAT”). She is a shareholder with FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC in Folsom, California.



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We’ll cover the following topics over the coming weeks in January/February:

The good, bad and ugly about using a child support calculator.

When equal parenting isn’t best.

Fostering gratitude in children of divorce.

What’s the buzz with Prop 64?

Love your spouse? Get a little divorced.


No. 014 Split | Decisions VLOG [MONEY] ~ Divorce & Tax Planning (12.19.17) 

No. 013 Split | Decisions VLOG [KIDS] ~ At what age can a child of divorce choose where to live? (12.12.17) 

No. 012B ~ Split | Decisions VLOG [MONEY] ~ Perqs & Extra Income? Understand the impacts to support. (12.06.17) 

No. 012A ~ Split | Decisions VLOG [MONEY] ~ Getting a holiday bonus? Know how it impacts support. (12.05.17) 

No. 011 ~ Split | Decisions VLOG [LIFE] ~ Going back to work? Why you’ll be glad you did. (11.28.17) 

No. 010 ~ Split | Decisions VLOG [LIFE] ~ Supporting Loved Ones at the Holidays (11.21.17)

No. 009 ~ Split | Decisions VLOG [LIFE] ~ A Divorce Attorney’s Holiday Thoughts: How the California Courts Handle Holidays (11.18.17) 

No. 008 ~ Split | Decisions VLOG [LIFE] ~ Happier Holidays for Divorced Families (11.16.17) 

No. 007 ~ Split | Decisions VLOG [LIFE] ~ 3 Divorce Terms to Stop Using Now (11.14.17) 

No. 006 Split | Decisions VLOG [LIFE] ~ Who Gets the Dog? Pet Parenting Through Divorce (11.07.17) 

No. 005 [LOVE] ~ Dating & Divorce: Dos and Don’ts for Dating Like a Boss During Divorce (10.31.17)

No. 004 [MONEY] – Child Support: 5 Effective Tips for Reducing Conflict (10.24.17) 

No. 003 [LIFE] – Divorce & Domestic Violence: The Types of Abuse and Safety Planning (10.20.17)

No. 002 [KIDS] – Parenting Time: 4 Ways to Get 50/50 Plus (10.17.17) 

No. 001 [KIDS] – Parenting Plans: The #1 Consideration (10.09.17) 

No. 000 – Promo (10.01.17)

Archived Radio Shows

We’ve got you covered on LOVE / LIFE / KIDS / MONEY with hours and hours of real talk about the real issues we face when living a #divorcelifestyle. On this page, you’ll find audio of the radio shows we recorded live in 2016. Enjoy!

May 4, 2016 (LOVE)Do’s and Don’ts of Dating and Divorce
with Guest Host Maida Farrar

May 11, 2016 (LIFE) – High-Conflict Divorce
This show is relevant beyond divorce for anyone dealing with high-conflict situations. We discuss conflict: what it is, what it does, and how to let it go, move on and get happy in life. 

May 18, 2016 (KIDS) – Custody & Parenting Children Through Divorce
We highlight the absolute biggest mistakes parents make and how to avoid them. 

May 25, 2016 (MONEY)Busting Myths About Spousal Support
This financial component is hugely significant yet incredibly emotionally volatile.

June 1, 2016 (LOVE)About Prenuptial Agreements
I do…but in case I don’t… we tell you all about PRENUPS!

June 8, 2016 (LIFE) – Love Yourself: Self-Care During Divorce
We tell you why self-care during separation and divorce is critical for you, your family and those around you. 

June 15, 2016 (KIDS)Talking to Kids About Divorce
One of the hardest parts of divorce?  Talking to the kids about it.  Why? When? How? We give you tips from our pros and help you avoid the big – and the biggest – mistakes. 

June 22, 2016 (MONEY) – Tips for Hiring a Lawyer
Hiring a divorce attorney is one of the most important decisions of your lifetime.  Want to know everything that can go wrong?  We’ll give you the red flags, the inside tips and the key strategies for lawyering up the right way

June 29, 2016 (LOVE) Advice for Newlyweds: Have Your Second Marriage First
It’s wedding season! Whether you’re engaged or have been married for years, we offer fantastic advice for keeping your relationship strong. Have Your Second Marriage First is full of real relationship tips from people on the other side. And it’s not the same tired advice.  Huffington Post contributors, Kira Gould and Lisa Arends join Split Decisions to give us their best tips!

July 13, 2016 (KIDS)Cultivating Resilience in Children of Divorce
Every child has tough times and tragedies. Whatever challenges life throws at your children, they’ll navigate beautifully if you help them build resilience. We have the keys for cultivating resiliency in children. Special Guest Enlightened Littles shares simple solutions to help children thrive through divorce. 

July 20, 2016 (MONEY) Challenges of High Net Worth Divorce
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems? Most definitely. We discuss the unique and interesting challenges faced in high net worth divorces. Whether it’s hidden money, hidden mistresses and high-priced lawyers, or multi-million dollar private settlements – in or out of court, it’s juicy.

July 27, 2016 (LOVE) – Deciding to Divorce: Should I stay or should I go?
Can your marriage be saved? … Should your marriage be saved? On this show, we cover the process of deciding whether to divorce. Should I stay or should I go? It’s one of life’s biggest decisions, and we are going to help you make it the right way. 

August 3, 2016 (LIFE) – Minimizing the Financial Fallout of Divorce
Divorce is one of the top causes of bankruptcy, financial insecurity, and stress-induced ice cream consumption (we made that last one up). Every decision made during a divorce has a financial impact, and we want you to hear to about it. What you don’t know that you don’t know about mitigating the potential for financial disaster during divorce. Better split decisions, better financial decisions, better life. 

August 10, 2016 (KIDS) – Keeping Connected with Kids Through Divorce
Our divorce pros offer wisdom on nurturing relationships with your kids, even when it’s not your co-parenting time.

August 17, 2016 (MONEY) – Child Support Myths and Misperceptions
“I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger” ~ what Kanye gets wrong about child support and why you need to understand how child support works.

August 24, 2016 (LOVE) – The Truth About Infidelity and Divorce
We give it to you straight, and you’re just going to have to trust us that dealing with infidelity during divorce is not what you may think. 

August 31, 2016 (LIFE) – Back-to-School Season and Divorce
It can be a tricky time of the year for separated and divorced families. We have great tips including back-to-school hacks for single parents with @givethemkate 

September 7, 2016 (KIDS) – Babies and the Young Child
Part 1 of our Child Development and Divorce series.

September 14, 2016 (MONEY) – Buying and Selling Homes During Divorce
How to get through selling the family home during a divorce. With guest Kira Gould, divorce coach and real estate expert.

September 28, 2016 (LIFE) – Navigating College Amid Divorce
Countless issues can arise for separated, divorced or divorcing parents with children who are currently or someday college-bound. This show features a college planning expert.

October 5, 2016 (KIDS) – Divorce with Adolescents and Teens
Part 2 of our Child Development and Divorce series, this show covers divorce involving tweens and teens. With a nationally recognized author about what to tell children when dating during divorce.

October 19, 2016 (LOVE) –  When Love Hurts: Divorce & Domestic Violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This show features guest Beth Hassett, CEO of WEAVE, discussing the impact of domestic violence when going through a divorce. Learn about the different types of abuse and how to stay safe during a divorce. #DVAM2016

October 26, 2016 (LIFE) – Stepmonsters: The Pain and Joy of Blending Families
Family Law / Estate Planning cross-over topic, this show offers professional and personal experiences with the most common type of family in the U.S.

November 2, 2016 (KIDS) – Creating Happy Holidays in a Divorced Family
How to support divorced or divorcing families at the holidays, in particular, those with children, and what your divorce lawyer needs you to understand.


Split Decisions is for you and all about you. We value your feedback, interactions, questions, and stories. Do you have a question to ask a divorce professional? Do you have a story to share, a lesson you’ve learned, or an experience that will give others hope about divorce life? Are you interested in appearing live on Split Decisions or providing show sponsorship? Whatever it is, we want to hear from you. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our website. We know you have something great to add, and we can’t wait to hear it.

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