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How to Split a Toaster: A divorce podcast about saving your relationships

76 EpisodesProduced by TruStory FMWebsite

Seth Nelson is a Tampa based family lawyer known for devising creative solutions to difficult problems. In How to Split a Toaster, Nelson and co-host Pete Wright take on the challenge of divorce with a central objective — saving your most important relationships with your family, your former spouse,… read more

76 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Finding Love Again When Your Picker’s Broken with Matchmaker April Davis

May 17th, 2022


Divorce is hard. But love on the other side of a divorce? You might feel like it’s never going to happen. You might feel like you never want to try again. Well, in this episode, we’re joined by an exciting guest who can …

Surviving Your Last Marriage’s Half-Life with Brittany Bliss & Reid Givens from Brittany and the Blisstones

May 10th, 2022


Brittany Bliss and Reid Givens each had been married for 19 years to other people before divorcing them. While figuring their new lives out, they met each other and fell in love. Now, almost five years later, they not …

It’s Not an Oil Change: Using Divorce Road Map 2.0 with Karen Covy

May 3rd, 2022


Today we’re talking with Karen Covy, author of When Happily Ever After Ends: How to Survive Your Divorce Emotionally, Financially, and Legally. Karen has been working as a divorce professional for over 25 years as a …

Divorce in the Military with Attorney Paul Phipps

April 26th, 2022


Does dealing with divorce while in the military make it more complicated? Former US Army Military Policeman Paul Phipps, also an attorney at Nelson …

Navigating Financial Infidelity with Wealthspire’s Aviva Pinto

April 19th, 2022


No matter how you slice it, infidelity is not a word you want associated with your marriage. That’s true for financial infidelity as well. So how do …

Codependent No More! with Licensed Mental Health Counselor Mary Joye

April 12th, 2022

Pathological Altruism

Co-dependency, or pathological altruism as we like to call it, is unhealthy in marriage, but how do you know it’s there? It can …

De-Escalating Conflict with Divorce Coach Cherie Morris

April 5th, 2022

De-Escalating Conflict

By its very nature, divorce is ripe with conflict. It starts because of conflict, it’s full of conflict all the way through, …

So Similar Yet So Different: Check Your Local Jurisdiction with Courtney Shepard

March 29th, 2022


It’s become a bit of a running gag throughout our five seasons that we often tell you to “check your local jurisdiction,” but there’s good reason behind the joke. Every state, or jurisdiction, has its own laws that need …

Two Sides to Everything: Duking It Out with Opposing Counsel Michael Lundy

March 22nd, 2022


Movies and TV shows always make out the opposing counsel as this unstoppable and evil force with unlimited resources and ill intent. Okay, maybe it’s not that extreme, but you get the idea. We all have an idea as to …

Will Divorce Hurt College Planning? Answers with College Financial Prep’s Vicki Vollweiler

March 15th, 2022


Vicki Vollweiler helps parents and students finance their college experience. If you’re in the process of a divorce, Vicki has some things for you to …

On Grief, Loss, and Family

March 8th, 2022


Seth lost his mom. Pete lost his dad. And both are working through the experience of grief that comes with the impact on their lives and families.

This is not an episode that answers all your grief questions. There are …

Holding Your Head High Through Divorce with Elizabeth Ann Atkins

March 1st, 2022


You're doing all the right things, all the things your team has told you to do: you’re facing the prospect of divorce head-on. But when the process …

Forgiveness and Brighter Futures After Divorce with Twyla M. Marks

February 22nd, 2022


What does it mean to forgive after your divorce? You can count many reasons to hold a grudge; you have all the reasons that led you to divorce in the …

A Post-Divorce Valentine's Day to Remember

February 15th, 2022


Whatever your position on Valentine's Day as a holiday, there's no denying the cultural charge of romantic expectation around us. That charge can …

Post-Divorce Relationships • Rebroadcast

January 25th, 2022


Our hiatus continues as we get closer to season five! In today’s episode, we return to season one for a conversation Pete and Seth had without any guests – what do post-divorce relationships look like?

What’s going to …

The High Conflict Divorce: Navigating Volatile Behavior with Megan Hunter • Rebroadcast

January 18th, 2022


We continue our hiatus as we prepare for season five. In today’s episode, we return to season three and our conversation with Megan Hunter at the Hight Conflict Institute in a great conversation about dealing with …

Staging your Epic Comeback with Divorce Coach Nikki Bruno [Rebroadcast]

January 11th, 2022


“Get over your divorce before your divorce is over.” So says divorce coach Nikki Bruno in one of the programs she offers, guiding participants through the divorce process with a coach’s attention. And as a coach, she is …

The Toaster Hollywood Holiday Special

January 4th, 2022


Happy New Year! In our season break we brought the team together to talk about divorce in the movies. From hyper-stylized to hyper-real, how well do filmmakers capture divorce? Producer Andy Nelson joins Pete and Seth …

Redesigning Your Life with Jamie Blumenthal • Rebroadcast

December 21st, 2021


We’re on a short break as we celebrate the holidays with our families and gear up for season five coming in 2022. While we’re away, we thought it …

Healing Trauma, Rebuilding Life with Dee Wallace

December 14th, 2021


How do you heal after living through the trauma of divorce? How do you help your kids heal when they live through their own experience of your trauma? Whether you consider yours an easy divorce, or a hard one, the act …

Bride in Reverse with Writer Becca Bycott

December 7th, 2021


We’ve talked about divorce and the law. We’ve talked about the emotional rebuilding after a divorce, too. But somewhere in between the legal and the emotional exists the practical: how do you present yourself to the …

Tired of Darkness: Life After Divorce with Chidima Anusiem

November 30th, 2021


What happens to your life after divorce? Author Chidima Anusiem, or “Author Chi”, joins us this week to talk about the transition. From social rebuilding to emotional health, her work as a divorce coach working with …

Protecting the Suddenly Single and their Money with Simon Brady

November 23rd, 2021


If you’re newly divorced, this episode is going to hit home. Today, we’re dealing with one of the central questions that form the overall arc of your divorce story: how do you handle the money? This week on the show, we …

Finding Your Tribe with Divorced Over Forty’s Daniel Herrold

November 16th, 2021


We’ve talked about grey divorce on the Toaster. We’ve talked about high dollar divorce on the Toaster. But what are the issues facing the messy …

Reprogramming For Health and Strength with Coach JT Tapias

November 9th, 2021


JT Tapias is a trainer, coach, and health counselor and his practice is all about teaching others how to live a fit and healthy life that is sustainable. Your health is more than a casual pastime and the stress of …

Exploring Yourself through Sex After Divorce with Sexologist Dr. Joe Kort

November 2nd, 2021


How has divorce impacted your sex life? Have you noticed a difference in intimacy as you move through your separation, dating, and even sex in your subsequent marriages? How has your experience communicating about your …

A Day in the Life of Your Divorce Attorney

October 26th, 2021


What does it take to move from case to case as a divorce attorney? Which systems are in place to manage client, judge, opposing counsel, and assorted …

The Amygdala Hijack: Pivots to improve your co-parenting experience with Erika Anne Englund

October 19th, 2021


Erika Anne Englund spent 15 years as a divorce attorney, professional mediator, and law professor before becoming Chief of Strategy at SupportPay. …

Questioning Dad Culture with Professor Jordan Shapiro

October 12th, 2021


Jordan Shapiro is a professor at Temple University, a senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. He’s …

The Costs of Splitting Benefits with Tyler Wrage

October 5th, 2021


All right, we get it. A review of benefits programs might not seem like the most entertaining fodder for a podcast about divorce. But wait, just hear …

Answering the Big Divorce Question: How Are You Going to Pay For It? With Nicole Noonan of New Chapter Capital

September 28th, 2021


This week on the show, we’re taking on one of the BIG divorce questions. It comes right along with “where am I going to live,” and “what am I going to do with my life?” … it’s the question of money. Divorces can get …

Your Forensic Accountant and You: David Harper Teaches the Numbers Behind Your Divorce

September 21st, 2021


Bringing in a "forensic accountant" to your divorce team sounds serious, and it is. But it's far from the dour experience the title implies. In fact, having an expert in understanding the numbers in your divorce can …

Smart Alcohol: Soberlink Enhances Child Safety Amidst Custody and Alcohol Litigation with Chris Beck

September 14th, 2021


Soberlink is a tool used to identify, test, and communicate alcohol use. If you’re in addiction recovery you might think of it as your accountability …

Sex and Reinvention After Divorce with Author Laura Friedman Williams

September 7th, 2021


Our guest today has spent years in the publishing business, but it was only when her marriage broke up that she found the inspiration to write a book of her own. Available: A Memoir of Sex & Dating After a Marriage …

Raising Someone Else's Kids with Tracy Poizner

August 31st, 2021


This week on the show we welcome Tracy Poizner, parenting strategist who specializes in helping divorced moms and dads navigate new parenting duties …

Gabrielle Stone on Healing and Being a Badass in ‘Eat, Pray, #FML'

August 24th, 2021


Gabrielle Stone pulled on the threads of her own marriage, until it came apart. At the other end, she'd discovered spare phones, receipts, emails, …

Who Keeps the Dog? With Karis Nafte (Rebroadcast)

August 17th, 2021


It's safe to say we're all dog people around Toaster HQ. They're not big dogs. They're small, cuddly dogs that like to sit on laps and couches and generally give us peace. Unless they see a bike. Bikes are bad news.

In …

The Big Question: Should I Get a Divorce? (Rebroadcast)

August 10th, 2021


We're gearing up for our fourth season which will begin in just a few weeks. Along the way, we've been reflecting on lessons learned in the last three seasons, reviewing which episodes have resonated with you. As such, …

Post-Divorce and BACK in Court? It's time for some SLAD

July 6th, 2021


It’s the last episode of our season and we’re going out with a bang. We introduce Pete’s new favorite acronym by way of Subsequent Lawsuits After Divorce (S.L.A.D.) and talk about all the ways you might find yourself …

Moving On and the Value of Your Divorce Community with Michelle Dempsey-Multack

June 29th, 2021


Let’s just say you’re a woman and you’re about to divorce. We know, crazy, right? But stay with us on this. When you walk away from your marriage, …

When your Groove becomes a Rut: Surviving Divorce with Kate Anthony

June 22nd, 2021


This week we’re taking on the biggest question of the separation: should I stay or should I go? To help, we welcome Kate Anthony, host of the New …

Catching a Relationship Before Divorce is the Destination with Linda Murphy

June 15th, 2021


Our guest today is Linda Murphy, founder of the Relationship and Divorce Counseling Center where she and her colleagues work to help others through …

The High Conflict Divorce: Navigating Volatile Behavior with Megan Hunter

June 8th, 2021


Ninety percent of divorce conflict can be resolved through dialog and negotiation. But what about that last ten percent? In these situations you …

Release, Recalibrate & Renew with Gabrielle Hartley

June 1st, 2021


Gabrielle Hartley is a nationally-recognized divorce attorney, online mediator and divorce strategy coach with a strong focus on conflict …

Looking In: Divorce as a Tool for Self-Reflection

May 25th, 2021


It's easy to get stuck looking out when you're navigating the divorce process. You're focused on your kids, your soon-to-be former spouse, support teams helping you move, divide finances, and generally get your life in …

A Divorce with More Zeros: Celebrity Divorce with Randall Kessler

May 18th, 2021


Randall Kessler founded the law firm now known as Kessler & Solomiany, LLC in 1991. Today, the Atlanta-based firm sports 30 attorneys and staff …

The Difficult Divorce

May 11th, 2021


The healthy post-divorce is a perennial favorite around these parts. But what happens when the divorce process is not so peaceful?

We’re talking …

A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to Dating Apps

May 4th, 2021


Heart? Swipe? Like? When it's time to get back into the sea after your divorce, how do you know where to find the right fish? This week on the show, divorce lawyer Seth Nelson shares his experience and insight into …

Mediation for a Reduced Conflict Divorce with Tami Sbar

April 27th, 2021


Tami Sbar is a leading divorce mediator in Tampa, Florida, but she took a roundabout journey through the law to get there. She started her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney, working in both the domestic …

Our Happy Divorce: Building a Strong Post-Divorce Family with Ben Helfond and Nikki DeBartolo

April 20th, 2021


Our guests today have worked hard to craft a loving and tight-knit family. Their effort to create that family has only intensified since their divorce in 2007. In an effort to help others see what’s possible, Ben …

Mediation Online: How the pandemic made your divorce less stressful with Susan Guthrie

March 23rd, 2021


The pandemic has been hard. On everyone. But one surprising silver lining: enterprising mediators have made the process easier, faster, and cheaper …

Navigating Gray Divorce in the Family with authors Carol Hughes & Bruce Fredenburg

March 16th, 2021


According to our guests today, late-in-life divorcées represent an unserved population. The complexities that come with navigating the divorce …

Connecting — and RE-connecting — After Separation with Connection Coach Rachael Jaye

March 9th, 2021


When one of us suffers, we all suffer. So says our guest, Rachael Jaye. Jaye is a certified Connection Coach and today she’s going to talk to us about her work helping to rehabilitate intimacy lost in separation.

So, …

The Emotional Divorce with Dr. Margaret Rutherford

March 2nd, 2021


Divorce, by definition, is damaging. Taking apart a relationship impacts us far beyond the law. Today on the show, clinical psychologist Dr. Margaret …

Staging your Epic Comeback with Divorce Coach Nikki Bruno

February 23rd, 2021


Are you ready to stage your Epic Comeback? Then it’s time for you to meet Nikki Bruno, divorce coach.

“Get over your divorce before your divorce is over.” So says divorce coach Nikki Bruno in one of the programs she …

Fayr: An App for Saving Your Relationships with founder Michael Daniels

February 16th, 2021


A journey that started with divorce led home designer Michael Daniels to a career change, a long escalator, and a drive to reduce conflict for everyone facing the challenge of co-parenting. Today he joins us in the …

Life as a Divorcée

February 9th, 2021


We've talked to a string of guests, all specialists in some aspect of the divorce process supporting the legal process itself. And beyond the legal process, we’ve covered mental and emotional health support, how to …

But What About the Dog?: Karis Nafte and Pet Custody Issues

February 2nd, 2021


Following up on last week’s conversation about dividing personal property, we realized that pets are considered property too. But you can’t actually …

The Momentous Matter of Material: Dividing Personal Property

January 26th, 2021


You have split your schedule. You’ve untangled custody. You feel like you’re on top of the thousand tiny decisions that face you during your divorce …

Protecting the Smallest Voices: Courtney Bowes and the Guardian ad Litem

January 19th, 2021


From deep in the files labeled, “people you didn’t know you needed in your corner during your divorce,” we bring you the Guardian ad Litem. We welcome Courtney Bowes to the Toaster, a Guardian ad Litem who works with …

Healthy Financial Conversations for a Heathy Divorce with Rhonda Noordyk

January 12th, 2021


Rhonda Noordyk is the host of the Divorce Conversations for Women Podcast and CEO of the Women’s Financial Wellness Center. In her work, she helps women ask tough questions so that they get the answers that they need to …

How Not to Be an A-Hole In Your Marriage with Brian Ronalds

January 5th, 2021


Brian Ronalds is an actor turned writer/producer/director and is half of “The Ronalds Brothers." You can see Brian in the horror-comedy, Netherbeast Incorporated, directed by his brother, Dean, and in many other credits …

CrossTalk Holiday Bonus: The Law in Film

December 15th, 2020


It’s time to cross wires! This week on the show, Pete and Seth bring Andy Nelson of The Next Reel Film Podcast to talk about their favorite experiences of the law in film. Part of CrossTalk from TruStory FM.

The Next …

The Pieces of Your Divorce Puzzle

December 8th, 2020


Your divorce is a mystery. From the day you decide to pursue it to the day you and your former spouse sign on the dotted line and go your separate ways, it is a process that is unique to you and your specific situation. …

How Do You Break the News to Family & Friends?

December 1st, 2020


You might find yourself asking, “when will I get to the other side?” Divorce is long, but it’s a process. And processes absolutely come to an end. As …

Post-Divorce Relationships

November 24th, 2020


Let’s start with the hard stuff: the bravest thing you can do is stand up for yourself and move forward. This week, we’re going to talk about the big piece of your divorce puzzle that is going to stand in the way of you …

Pre-Divorce Paralysis

November 17th, 2020


Love hurts. When you’re on the precipice of divorce, your relationship’s specific circumstances don’t matter as much as the grief and loss you feel as you prepare to walk away from your relationship. Studies show the …

Redesigning Your Life with Jamie Blumenthal

November 10th, 2020


You’re newly divorced. You’ve moved into a new place. Let’s say, to really put a cap on this exercise of imagination, you’re sitting on the floor one night eating sesame chicken straight out of the take out container by …

Conscious Choices with Dr. Laura Gallaher

November 3rd, 2020


How can people be more intentional in the choices they’re making? If ever there was a time to develop the intellectual muscles that allow us to focus through a veil of emotion, it's when we’re facing the prospect of …

Splitting the Holidays

October 27th, 2020


Go on, sing it with us... "it's the most wonderful time of the year..." It's the most cherished of all divorce traditions, that special time when you …

What If It Wasn’t So Hard? Try Collaboration Before Litigation with Dr. Jeremy Gaies

October 20th, 2020


Dr. Jeremy Gaies is a licensed psychologist and certified family mediator and author of “A Clear and Easy Guide to Collaborative Divorce”. He joins …

And now... you're alone

October 13th, 2020


What are a few of the things that you never have time to do because of work, kids, or your relationship with your spouse? This week on the show, we’re turning the corner on the divorce itself and imagining a world in …

Splitting the Unsplittable

October 1st, 2020


Lives entwined are as complex as any machine. This week on the show, Seth Nelson and Pete Wright talk about how to navigate separating parts of your lives together that are incredibly complex, with a hypothetical …

Do you know where your money is?

September 29th, 2020


Unraveling co-mingled finances in a separation starts by knowing where your money is. For many of us, answering that question can be much harder than it may seem. This week on Toaster, Seth Nelson and Pete Wright dive …

The Post-COVID Divorce Dilemma

September 15th, 2020


Unprecedented. If that word doesn’t earn word-of-the-year on every lexicographer’s list for 2020, language is broken. What happens if you’re living through these unprecedented times with a spouse and you’re struggling …

Coming Soon: How to Split a Toaster

August 10th, 2020


Seth Nelson is a Tampa based family lawyer known for devising creative solutions to difficult problems. In "How to Split a Toaster," Nelson takes on …

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