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Karen Stewart
Karen Stewart is a divorce expert and President and CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions, Ltd., a company that provides an innovative mediation model for divorcing with dignity and an alternative to the traditional divorce system. She has authored the book Clean Break, and has been featured in notable media outlets nationwide including Readers Digest, Profit Magazine, ABC Money Matters, USA Today, the Globe and Mail, CBC/Radio Canada and more. Connect with Karen at 1-866-755-(FAIR) 3247, on Twitter, or email her at

Entries by Karen Stewart

Abundance or Lack of Abundance Is a State of Mind

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Consider this: A couple battles it out in court for over 8 years. They spend over $100,000 each and do not reach a resolution. They appear in court on many occasions but nothing is truly settled. The court suggests that they leave parenting up to the "experts" along with child...

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Love Is Made Not Found

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:39 PM

A recent article quoting basic statistics suggested that the filing of divorce papers increases around Valentine's Day. This is due to people starting to question their relationships and the true meaning of love. I suppose that the thought of a romantic dinner with someone who you no longer...

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You Can Prevent a Divorce - Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Words Can Change Your Marriage

Remember grandma saying, "One rotten apple can ruin a bunch"? Well, there is much wisdom in this old saying -- as what applies to apples also applies to your marriage. Words can destroy or build your relationship and the choice is yours. It is as...

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You Can Prevent a Divorce -- Part 2

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 9:43 AM

Keep Communication Authentic -- Speak Your Truth

Relationships fall apart for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is the "lack of open communication." Most couples will remember the early years when they talked through the night about everything under the sun. They spent hours gazing into each other's...

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You Can Prevent a Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 2:49 PM

After years in the divorce business, I am convinced that divorce is preventable. Enjoy and embrace this first blog in a series discussing steps to avoid the big "D."

"Who you marry will define 90 percent of your happiness." -- Anonymous

I remember reading this in my late twenties and...

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Holiday Season Approaching -- What Divorcing Parents Need to Prepare for

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:49 PM

It is that time of year again where we have a number of family traditions approaching.

We are coming up to Thanksgiving followed by the holiday season.

For families who are divorced or in the process of getting a divorce, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out...

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Supporting Friends and Family Through Divorce -- What you Need to Know!

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:10 PM

Divorce is difficult, not only for those who are in it, but also for friends and family.

Knowing the right or wrong thing to say can be daunting especially considering the emotional sensitivity of the topic. Pushing the wrong button at the wrong time can send your friend into...

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Coping with Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Divorce itself, is not bad!

How we interpret it and how it plays out in our lives is what makes it bad.

When we hear the word "Divorce" we tend to have visions of tears, heartache, fighting, financial loss and children suffering.

Decades ago only a small percentage...

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Pet Custody - A New Trend for Pet lovers

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:48 PM

For those non-pet lovers the concept of fighting over beloved pets is hard to fathom. Yet for families facing a divorce, the decision about what to do with their furry pal, can be just as hard as the many other difficult decisions they will be faced with.

As divorce rates...

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Juggling Summer Vacation Dreams With Pocket Book Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 3:39 PM

Summer is in full swing and for divorced families/single parents, managing the summer financial vacation routine can be more stressful than the daily routine of the school year.

Summer vacationing can be hard on the pocket-book. You have the children with you, which is great, but with half or...

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Getting Divorced? 10 Mistakes to Avoid

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Divorce is one of the most stressful things that can happen in a lifetime. Next to losing someone we care about, divorce ranks as a top stressor. Any time that we are under stress, we are vulnerable to making short-term reactive decisions that can have negative long-term effects. While avoiding...

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Your Finances and Divorce

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 2:40 PM

There are two things in Divorce, money and kids.

The issue is that emotions can play havoc with our ability to make sound financial decisions in divorce. While kids are most couples number one priority, grounded parenting discussions and planning is not likely until the money issues are resolved....

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Divorcing? Move Out of Denial and Into Reality

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Facing the truth is much easier than staying in denial, but we do get trapped into thinking otherwise. When facing the end of a marriage we can find ourselves trying desperately to hang on to every little bit of hope -- that perhaps this is just a passing phase and...

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Is the Trap of Disempowering Language Prolonging the End of your Marriage?

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Marriages End. The word end is exactly that "The End," yet we prolong our endings and therefore our new beginnings partly by the use of disempowering language. Part of healing is taking full accountability for what got you to this point and then embracing the lessons so you learn from...

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The True Meaning of Forgiveness -- the Oprah Way

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Recently I bought a new car with satellite and all of a sudden it seems that day time talk shows have entered the front seat of my car -- much to the dismay of my teenage children.

On one of Oprah's more recent talk shows she was discussing forgiveness...

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Even "Great Marriages Have Bad Years"

(12) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Are you trying to bring the hope back into your marriage? -- watch Hope Springs

I left this movie feeling hopeful but sad and a bit depressed. I loved the movie in that it gives everyone hope in a marriage that has gone mundane. I do not however agree that...

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Proceed With Caution: Dating After Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 8:00 PM

Venturing into the dating game after divorce can be exciting and treacherous all at the same time. Many jump back in without really taking the time to ensure that they do not repeat the same mistakes and end up attracting Mr. or Ms. wrong all over again. Knowing when you...

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Getting Divorced: What is the Smart First Step?

(51) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 12:31 PM

The other day a woman called for advice. She just found out three days before that her husband was leaving. She has been a stay-at-home-mom with three children under 17 and maintains a healthy lifestyle supported by her husband's good fortune in the market. She wanted to know her rights...

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Divorce and Your Financial Planning

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 12:56 PM

"Fail to Plan. Plan to Fail."

Does this apply to our money and divorce as well? After 20 years as a financial advisor, watching the market implode and explode, does it make sense to add "Divorce Financial Planning" to our agenda"? When we do our personal financial planning we consider...

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Why are we so mad at Arnold?

(27) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 7:24 PM

Are we mad because he had a child with another women or because he hid the child or because he cheated on America's royal sweetheart? Or all of the above?

A bit confusing, really, since we know that infidelity happens all the time and is responsible for many marriage breakups....

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