Ep 41 – Optimizing Blended Family Finances with Christine Luken

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Hi Stepparents,

I’m so excited to share this week’s episode with you where I had the pleasure to interview Christine Luken who is a financial dignity coach helping high earning professionals, pay off staggering amounts of debt and massively increase their net worth through her financial coaching.

She is a the author of several books including Money is Emotional and Financial Dignity After Divorce where she blends wise money management with emotional intelligence.

This week, Christine shares her best tips for how to optimize finances in a blended family for individuals going through a divorce or co-parenting post-divorce. We tackle whether it’s best for blended families to handle their money together or separately, how to diffuse emotions around money to prevent mistakes you’ll later regret, and the #1 thing blended couples can do to reduce money disagreements.

You don’t want to miss this episode! So here we go …

Episode overview

[1:57] How blended families should handle money
[2:40] Christine’s near divorce story and how she overcame her financial struggles
[4:26] Christine’s best exercise to get right with your money
[5:50] Why there’re money challenges in a romantic relationship
[6:55] How your past experience impact your money story
[8:54] Why it’s important to combine at least some money with your partner
[11:04] Financial abuse in relationships
[12:54] Dealing with emotion around money to setup for financial success
[19:18] Tips and strategies for how to deal with difficult emotions synergisticstepparenting.com/11
[19:54] The importance of having your own back in your decisions

The Recap

Thank you so much for tuning into this episode and thank you to Christine for her priceless actionable tips!

To recap we discussed the following …

1) Whether blended families should handle money together or separately.

2) Financial trauma, what it looks like and what the individual healing through it needs.

3) How to diffuse emotion around money to prevent mistakes you’ll later regret.

4) Having your own back in your financial decisions.

5) How blended couples can reduce money disagreements.

Check out all of Christine’s links in the show notes and check out her work and her fantastic books, including the new one titled Financial Dignity After Divorce.

I hope you found as many golden nuggets in this conversation as I did. Please share this episode with 1-3 people you know who are going through a divorce or are co-parenting after a divorce. Because one of my goals is to support individuals touched by divorce to live their best lives.

Thank you so much, if you enjoyed this episode, please rate us and leave us a review. We’ve got the steps for how to do in the show notes.

Until next time, be well!

Links to Christine:

Read the first 3 chapters of Financial Dignity After Divorce for free: www.FinancialDignityAfterDivorce.com

To learn more about coaching for couples and divorcing women: www.ChristineLuken.com

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