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Has divorce become a reality? If you have questions about your new life, you’re in the right place! Her Divorce Source with Leah is the go-to podcast for women before, during, and after a divorce. Leah Jones is a Certified Financial Divorce Analyst at Hightower Bethesda, she helps you create a life that’s full of possibilities, empowerment, and freedom. She’ll tackle your biggest questions about lifestyle and money, giving you practical guidance you can use right away.

How To Best Support Your Kids During The Divorce Process With Jill Kaufman (Ep. 9)

Figuring out the right things to say to your kids when you are going through a divorce can be extremely challenging. What they are ultimately looking for is some reassurance that everything is going to be okay. 

In this episode, Leah Jones is joined by Jill Kaufman, a licensed therapist, divorce coach, author and co-parenting expert. Oftentimes with divorce there are blurred lines as to what details to share with your children and how to approach the tough conversations that need to be had in order to move forward. Thankfully, Jill Kaufman has all the answers, saving you from repeating common mistakes that can lead to a child feeling isolated and unheard.

Jill discusses:

  • What details to uncover in the first divorce conversation with your children
  • When is a good time to check-in on your kids post-divorce 
  • What details you should avoid discussing to save your children from picking sides
  • And more

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Jill Kaufman: In addition to being a Divorce Coach, Licensed Therapist, and Parent Educator, Jill is also a trained Divorce Mediator, was on the Speaker’s Bureau of Parents Anonymous and founded Female, a support and advocacy group for mothers. She has worked with many people who are going through a divorce. Jill has taught the Redirecting Children’s Behavior parenting class for over 20 years.  She is an experienced and sought after speaker. ​

JIll Kaufman is warm, supportive, non-judgmental and motivating. With compassion and understanding gained from experience, she helps clients get through difficult and overwhelming situations and discover new ways to resolve a variety of challenges created through divorce and bring more happiness and peace into their lives.

Dating After Divorce with Michelle Jacoby (Ep. 8)

Just because you got divorced doesn’t mean you’ll never find love again.

Michelle Jacoby, a dating-after-divorce specialist, believes you can have another amazing love, and even marriage.

In this episode, Leah Jones is joined by Michelle, a dating coach and professional matchmaker, to discuss her advice and tips for women dating post-divorce as outlined in her book Never Waste Time On The Wrong Man Again!

Michelle and Leah discuss:

  • How Michelle’s own divorce kick-started her career as a professional matchmaker 
  • Common mistakes women make when dating after divorce (and how to avoid them)
  • Setting boundaries and following them when you start dating 
  • Dating as a single parent, and the importance of choosing a partner who ‘blends into your family’
  • What it means to put yourself out there and doing the work to get what you want
  • And more


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Michelle Jacoby is a certified matchmaker, dating and relationship coach, and the owner of DC Matchmaking: a boutique matchmaking and coaching company for commitment-minded singles in the Washington, DC Area that was founded in 2009. Michelle has successfully coached and matched hundreds of happily married couples!

Michelle is a leader in the matchmaking industry. She was voted Best Matchmaker in the U.S. at the 2017 iDate Awards and awarded finalist for Best Matchmaker and/or Best Dating Coach in the industry in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020. Michelle has been featured in The Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine, WUSA Channel 9, News Channel 8 – Let’s Talk Live, WJLA Good Morning Washington, NBC Washington, Huffington Post, ABC, FOX, Newsy, NPR, and more. Her articles have appeared in Self, Washington Life Magazine,,, The Mind’s Journal, Yahoo, EHarmony Advice, and many more.

Empowering Your Divorce By Building a Community (Ep. 7)

Divorcing as a parent can be very difficult.

Dealing with the legal requirements, plus all of the transitions of going from a co-parent to a single-parent can feel overwhelming and emotionally draining.

But having a community of like-minded people that you can trust and rely on can help you through those tough situations.

In this episode, Leah Jones speaks to Michelle Dempsey-Multack, author, divorce coach and certified divorce specialist who works with women at all stages of their divorce and helps them join a community to connect with other women in similar situations.

Michelle and Leah discuss:

  • Michelle’s ‘why’ and the reason she is passionate about helping women through their divorce
  • The most important resources to help you through your divorce
  • The Mom’s Moving On community and how women support each other through the virtual community
  • What a divorce coach is and how they can help you through difficult situations
  • And more


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Collaborative Divorce 101 (Ep. 6)

Divorce is by definition, not done alone. 

However, the question may be, how do you collaborate on a split?

It’s all about your mindset as you enter divorce proceedings. If there’s a willingness to work with your spouse in a way that will allow for constructive resolutions, you will be able to separate in a more peaceful way. 

In this episode, Leah Jones speaks to divorce attorney Melissa Goodstein, who focuses on alternative dispute resolutions, namely mediation and collaborative divorce. Leah and Melissa discuss the ins and outs of collaborative divorce, the benefits and when it may not be an option, and the difference between mediation and collaboration. 

Leah and Melissa discuss:

  • How collaborative divorce is possible 
  • The three reasons why collaborative process may not be an option
  • The difference between mediation and collaboration in divorce
  • The financial implications of divorce
  • And more

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Melissa Goodstein graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. and high honors in both American Studies and European Cultural Studies in 1987. She received her J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1990 where she served as an editor of the Journal of International Law.

In 1992, she completed mediation training and in 1993 started a private practice specializing in divorce mediation with offices in Westchester and New York City. In 2003 Melissa received training in collaborative law and in 2005 was trained in the interdisciplinary collaborative team model.

Melissa practices exclusively within the mediation and collaborative divorce models.  Her practice is located in Katonah, New York serving clients throughout Westchester County and Putnam County and the surrounding New York metropolitan area.

Melissa is a member of the New York State Council of Divorce Mediation, the Greater New York Council of Family and Divorce, the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. She is also a member in good standing of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and has completed advanced training in both mediation and collaborative practice.

In accordance with a 2019 initiative, ADR (alternative dispute resolution) is now mandated for most court actions in the New York State judicial system. In alignment with her dedication to ADR, Melissa serves on the mediation panel and Roster of Mediators for the 9th Judicial District in the following courts: Westchester County Supreme Court Matrimonial Part, Putnam County Supreme Court Matrimonial Part, Putnam Surrogate’s Court and Bronx Surrogate’s Court.

Melissa is passionate about providing the best possible support for all her clients and is an advocate of alternative healing techniques such as chiropractic, yoga and meditation to help support her clients during the divorce process. She believes that healing from the inside out is instrumental in achieving a good divorce and a transition to a new life.


Planning for the Three Phases of Divorce with Stacy Francis (Ep. 5)

There are three stages you should be planning for when you decide that divorce is the right option.

It’s critical that you do your research, plan, and manage your finances during these three stages to avoid potential issues.

In this informative episode, Leah Jones speaks to Stacy Francis, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and the founder of Savvy Ladies. Leah and Stacy discuss how women should prepare pre, during and post divorce to ensure a smooth transition into their new lifestyle.

Leah and Stacy discuss:

  • Pre-divorce planning tips, including steps to take towards taking full control of your own finances, and talking to a matrimonial attorney prior to divorce
  • Add-on expenses, and what you should focus on when divorcing to assure the wellbeing of your children
  • Your investment portfolio and tailoring it to suit you and meet your needs
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Stacy Francis is the President and CEO of Francis Financial, a fee-only boutique wealth management, financial planning and divorce financial planning firm dedicated to providing ongoing comprehensive advice for successful individuals, couples, and women in transition such as divorce or widowhood.

She is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and Certified Estate and Trust Specialist (CES™) with over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Stacy is also the founder of the non-profit, Savvy Ladies™, host of the Financially Ever After podcast, and the author of Financial Help for Widows: A Complete Resource Guide as well as Unveiling the Unspoken Truth: The Financial Challenges Women Face During and After Divorce. 

4. Misconceptions of Taking Ownership of the Primary Home During a Divorce With Jeff Landers

During the divorce process, it is very common for the divorcing woman to want to stay in the primary home. This is a highly nuanced situation, so it’s important to consider bringing in a professional during negotiations.

In this episode, Leah Jones speaks with Jeff Landers, chief executive officer at Next Act Properties. Jeff discusses some of the creative solutions for divorcing women to consider so that they have the ability to stay in their home throughout the divorce and into the next stage of life.

Jeff discusses:

  • Why the refinancing qualification of the divorcing woman is critical
  • The option of continuation to co-own the primary home
  • The focus of his companies––and how he helps divorcing couples
  • And more

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About Our Guest: Jeff Landers, is a seasoned Real Estate expert with over 30 years of experience working with prestigious companies such as Metropolitan Life, Merrill Lynch, Coldwell Banker and others.

In 2010, Jeff founded Bedrock Divorce Advisors, LLC, working exclusively with women going through a financially complicated divorce. Dealing with the marital home is almost always a major issue in any divorce. Jeff’s strong background and know-how has guided many hundreds of women all over the U.S. through the complex process of selling their marital home or buying out their spouse and refinancing the mortgage, so they can keep and remain in their homes.

Jeff has written 6 published books with 15,000+ copies sold nationwide focusing on the financial aspects of divorce for women, as well as contributing articles regularly to, The Huffington Post, DailyWorth,,, and many other online publications.

3. Three Emotional Money Mistakes Made By Women During a Divorce With Christine Luken

The emotional stress of going through a divorce can cause some to act irrationally with their money. It’s important to seek guidance during those trying times to avoid making costly, emotional mistakes.

In this episode, Leah Jones and Christine Luken, founder of Financial Dignity Movement, discuss three emotional money mistakes women make during a divorce. Christine explains what financial dignity means, and highlights the importance of not feeling ashamed to ask questions of people advising you, whether that’s your attorney or financial planner.

Christine discusses:

  • Three emotional money mistakes women make while going through divorce
  • What financial dignity means
  • Why you should have a counselor or therapist you can speak with while going through divorce
  • Why you shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask questions of your attorney or financial planner
  • And more


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Ready to master your money and become a financial success? Then you need Christine Luken, the Financial Lifeguard in your corner!

As the Founder of the Financial Dignity® Movement & a Certified Financial Counselor, Christine has coached hundreds of high earning professionals to pay off staggering amounts of debt and massively increase their net worth over the past twelve years.

Christine’s books, Money is Emotional: Prevent Your Heart from Hijacking Your Wallet & Manage Money Like a Boss: A Financial Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs, have landed her almost 100 podcast and TV interviews, establishing her as the authority on money and emotions.

When she’s not coaching clients from her office in Cincinnati, you can find this Certified Divorce Specialist & member of the Financial Therapy Association curled up with a good book, a fluffy cat, and a strong cup of coffee.

2. Divorcing A Narcissist With Allison Dagney

Divorce is never easy, but divorcing a narcissist poses additional challenges and things you need to be aware of as you make your way through the process.

In this episode, Leah Jones is joined by Allison Dagney, an alias used to protect both her and her children, is the author of When Tears Leave Scars. Allison joins the podcast to share about her experience dealing with emotional abuse and how she managed to escape a traumatic marriage.

Allison discusses:

  • The concept of love bombing
  • Signs that you are in a relationship with a narcissist 
  • Why planning was key to getting out of her traumatic marriage
  • Why reaching out to a financial professional can help women with divorce where their partner controls the money
  • How Allison handled the divorce while managing her kids wellbeing
  • And more


When Tears Leave Scars – By Allison Dagney

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Allison Dagney lives in the midwest of the United States with her three children and their beloved  rescue dog. Allison never aspired to be an author, but her love of writing paired with an inspirational story, was the perfect recipe to expose hidden emotional abuse. In this gripping true life story, Allison aims to shed light into the darkest areas of abusive relationships while giving victims of abuse a beacon of hope and a roadmap for healing.


1. Meet Leah Jones, CFA, CFP®, CDFA®, AEP®

In general, people make bad financial decisions based on emotions. Divorce is one of the most emotionally taxing experiences someone can go through, and often, your finances may suffer at the hands of your emotions.

Welcome to Her Divorce Source with Leah Jones, CDFA®! 

In this episode, get to know host Leah Jones, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®. She shares details about why chooses to help divorcing women manage their finances and investments, and how education plays a big role in the work she does.

Leah discusses:

  • How she got into her role working with divorcing women
  • Who she works with (her ideal client) and why she chooses to work with them
  • What she does for her clients
  • Why education is big component of the work she does
  • And more


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BONUS EPISODE: The Process of Pension Property Division During Divorce for Federal Employees

This episode was previously released in 2020, but we wanted to rerelease this episode coinciding with Jessica Markham’s book release of, Representing Federal Employees and Their Spouses, a Practical Guide.

Meet Jessica Markham, a family lawyer that practices in Maryland and Washington DC. She has many honors and awards to her and her firm’s credit including best lawyer in America and the best divorce attorney in the Bethesda area. She started her law firm about 5 years ago and is often sort after by federal employees going through a divorce.

In this episode of the Hightower Bethesda Divorce Series, Jessica joins Sarah as they scrap the surfaces of nuances of being a Federal employee going through a divorce. She’s best suited for this topic since she is in the process of publishing a 600-page book on the topic.

Listen in to learn different factors that apply when it comes to the division of pension property for federal employees during a divorce.

What you will learn:

  • Factors to consider when dividing in a divorce for federal employees.
  • What portions of the annuity is the spouse entitled to?
  • The legal formulas that are used to divide pension property- what it means and how other properties impact that.
  • Jessica explains how long a couple has to be married for the pension law to apply.
  • Why this law applies to govt employees that are living but don’t have to be working.
  • She explains in math how much a spouse or a surviving spouse gets in pension benefits.
  • How to understand and negotiate the survivor benefits and who pays the cost of it.
  • What is remarriage restructuring? How does it work in survivor benefits and pension law?
  • How different types of social securities affect the pension and why you have to keep these in mind when negotiating.
  • Why you need to think about the cost of living adjustments and supplemental annuity.

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