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.