The Robertson and Easterling Podcast with LifeWorks Counseling

We are now in our 4th season of production of The Robertson and Easterling Podcast, approaching 10,000 downloads.  We think if you take the time to listen, you will have a better understanding of the journey upon which you are about to embark.

The cool thing about the podcast is the platform it creates for you to privately engage with the stories of other brave people that not only went before you, but were also willing to talk about it.  In addition, this is the opportunity to become free and take control of your life and the transformation you are seeking. In this groundbreaking, Mississippi focused podcast, you will hear deep discussions about marriage, parenting, divorce and post-divorce recovery from former clients, mental health professionals and others who work in and around the legal system or who have special knowledge they are willing to offer.  We have also published shows with people who have overcome hard circumstances to stay together.

You will hear informative, refreshing and inspiring real life stories and practical advice from the hosts and their guests. Whether you are seeking to enrich your marriage or begin the next chapter of your journey through divorce, this creative podcast will arm you with the information you need to live healthy and whole.

We are excited to continue our partnership with our friends Roane and Eva Hunter of LifeWorks Counseling. Lifeworks Counseling are Christian counselors who work with their clients to find the freedom to live their best life through health and wholeness. We also have two new sponsors, Kristi Tidwell and Kelly Engelmann. Kristi is a certified financial planner and the founder of New Path Planning. Kristi’s own walk through divorce coupled with 20 years of experience make her a perfect advocate for others on a similar path. And Kelly is the founder of Enhanced Wellness Living, Mississippi’s leading Functional Medicine Clinic. Her team’s food-first approach to healing along with a variety of lifestyle and regenerative treatment options sets you on a journey to take control of your health and live life well.



Real. Life. Stories.

29. Chris Tipton: Financial Clarity, Complexity and Alignment

Matt and Craig sit down with long-time friend and trusted financial advisor, Chris Tipton, to discuss the three obstacles that plague many families’ financial dreams: lack of clarity, complexity and lack of alignment.  Chris dives into these three topics and outlines the importance of creating a cohesive plan to ensure long-term financial success not only for the current generation, but for multiple generations.  A cautious, reasoned approach devoid of emotion is essential to make necessary decisions to attain one’s goals.  Similar to divorce, the decisions made at the end are what one lives with forever – through good or bad.  Listen in as Chris provides insight into how staying engaged and involved can make an enormous difference in one’s financial life.
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28. Mark and Ellen: The Unusually, Beautiful Crazy Journey of Redemption

In this special Valentine’s Day edition of the R+E podcast, Craig and special co-host Roane Hunter of LifeWorks Counseling have a conversation with married couple Mark and Ellen, who vulnerably share their journey through addiction and codependency on the road to eventual marital restoration.  Mark and Ellen tell our listeners that wise counsel not only saved their marriage, it probably saved their lives.

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27. Cynthia Speetjens: No Girlz Allowed

Join Craig and Matt as they meet with top rated criminal defense attorney, Cynthia Speetjens, to uncover what it was like breaking into a male-dominated industry in the 1980’s.  Speetjens, one of a handful of females admitted to The University of Mississippi School of Law at the time, explains how her upbringing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast impacted her professional future.  With her father working as a prosecutor and then later a judge, she was exposed to the intrigue of the legal world at an early age.  Cynthia’s exciting journey from budding, new prosecutor to experienced, award-winning defense attorney is a testament to the importance of hard work and perseverance.  Listen in as Craig and Matt talk to Speetjens about the impact she has made to not only her clients, but to the judicial system as a whole.  She is a true pioneer who paved the way for other female attorneys who followed her trailblazing path.

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25. I’ll Be Home for Christmas and in Therapy by New Years (Part 2)

In this last podcast episode of 2020, divorce attorneys Matt Easterling and Craig Robertson continue the conversation with marriage therapists Roane and Eva Hunter about marriage and divorce during the holiday season. Roane and Eva reflect on their personal journey through divorce and the lessons they learned through the reunification of their family. They also explain how rigorous honesty is necessary to protect an individual from the busyness which often surrounds the holiday season. The conversation finally touches on concepts of codependency, leaving the listener with practical tools about simplicity, connection, asking for help and limit setting.

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24. I’ll Be Home for Christmas and in Therapy by New Years (Part 1)

In the first of R+E’s two-part holiday episode, divorce attorneys Matt Easterling and Craig Robertson have a conversation with marriage therapists Roane and Eva Hunter about the holiday season and navigating the often difficult family dynamics. You will enjoy this lively discussion filled with practical advice about protecting time and space with immediate family, the necessity to voice appropriate boundaries, and how people often revert to the roles they play in their families of origin when everyone gets together for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

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23. Judge Troy Odom on Grace and Respect

After 16 years of practicing law, Troy Odom decided it was time to make a career change. A man of conviction and goals, he set his sights on the bench, and when long time Chancellor John Grant announced his retirement, he was elected by the citizens of Rankin County, bringing his dream to fruition. You will hear about Judge Odom’s mentality of hard work, determination, steadfast resolve, and ability to remove emotions from his decisions. Please join our hosts Craig and Matt who visited Judge Odom in his chambers and talked about his experiences as one of the newer Judges in the Mississippi Chancery Court system. In his jurisdiction, honesty, grace and respect are the foundations of the proceedings over which he presides.

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22. Dancing Through Divorce

He spent part of his developmental years during the transition from communist Czechoslovakia to the Central European country now known as the Czech Republic, this future professional dancer left home at the age of 15 to pursue dance full time in the capital city of Prague.  During his time in Prague, he became a Christian, and later found Mississippi’s own ballet company, Ballet Magnificat!, which he later traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to join.  While dancing for Ballet Magnificat!, he met a fellow dancer, who later became his wife.  After ten years of happy marriage, the couple began to struggle to hold on to their individual identity separate and apart from their families of origin, and they divorced.  In this episode, you will hear a transparent, thoughtful, beautifully articulated story of one artist’s journey of life and love.  You will hear him speak hopefully about the future as he reflects on the community he has found a long way from his former home.

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21. The Money Shot

Join attorneys Matt Easterling and Caylan Dunnells as they go behind the scenes with seasoned private investigator, Mike Byrd. With 20+ years experience, Mike sheds light on what it takes to put together a solid case. He also delves into the warning signs one may observe when dealing with a cheating spouse, and the listener will learn how patience and perseverance are key in order to successfully deliver the money shot.

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20. A German Tells a Great American Survivor Story

Craig and guest host Cassie Dedmon spend time with their former client Heike, who is originally from Germany. Heike tells a great american survivor story… and she would do it all over again. After falling in love with a United States service member, she left her family and way of life to travel to American and become a military wife and mom. One day she went to the mailbox, found a letter, and her life has never been the same again. Instead of becoming a victim of her relationship breakdown and life circumstances, Heike found a mentor, a part time job, and enrolled in junior college. She also educated herself about the benefits for which she was eligible, even teaching her attorneys about certain military nuances in the law. You will hear Heike bravely talk about living with a combat veteran and how PTSD impacted their life. Finally, learn how Heike’s grit, determination and selfless willingness to move heaven and earth for her children is serving their family today.

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19. Kelly Engelmann:  Overcoming the “Feel Like Crap” Syndrome

Enhanced Wellness Living is Mississippi’s leading functional medicine clinic.  Craig and Matt have a conversation with its founder, Kelly Engelmann, FNP in this episode.  You will enjoy this fun, fast paced discussion about health, happiness and vitality through the lense of Kelly’s “Food First” approach to wellness.  Many Mississippians suffer from fatigue, sleep deprivation, malnourishment and low sexual function, and Kelly gives practical first steps for a healthier lifestyle like hydration, movement and intentional quiet time to decrease the cascading negative effects of stress and inflammation.  Kelly will inspire the listener to think about a pantry detox, while Matt and Craig raise questions about toxic relationships.

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I’ve had the privilege to work with both Craig and Matt and can say they both are outstanding to work with. From the moment I walked into their offices to finalizing my legal issues to questions that come up periodically they are always available and able to offer excellent legal advice. Would recommend them without hesitation.

We used Robertson & Easterling to finalize 5 adoptions. The staff is wonderful and Craig goes above and beyond to make sure your experience is smooth and worry free. We will definitely use them again and would recommend them to any family.

I trust Craig Robertson & Matt Easterling. These guys know what they are doing and are highly respected in the Family Law arena. I consistently recommended this group and always received huge thanks from clients that have worked with R+E.

In my child custody/guardianship case, Craig told us what to expect, how to deal with it and takes care of details. As issues have arisen over time, he (or his firm) have kept us on top of things. His strong suit is in the courtroom. He knows the law and has the confidence to carry it through. Would recommend him highly.

Who knew that family law attorneys could be pro-family? Matt and Craig are for their clients. They want what’s best for you. If that means having you work harder to stay married, they’re for it. If it means having difficult conversations to expose irrational thought processes, they have them. These guys are interested in the person that walks in the door not the check book in their pocket. I appreciate the time they spent with me. They help me understand my options and how they would potentially affect all parties involved. Thank you R+E!

Robertson & Easterling are simply the very best in their field!! I hired Matt for my divorce, and it was the best decision for me and my situation. On the very first phone call, I was put me at ease with compassion and care. From start to finish the level of detailed knowledge, professionalism, warmth, and above and beyond service, are what make this firm a standout. More importantly, they possess a very high level of integrity, honor and trustworthiness, making them, in my opinion, priceless and invaluable. You are in good hands with them, and I highly recommend Robertson & Easterling!

I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in helping to finalize the child support settlement. You did an excellent job, and I would highly recommend you to anyone seeking expert legal advice.

Matthew Easterling was the epitome of both professionalism and compassion as he helped our family during an absolute legal crisis. Our case was unique in many aspects; including the fact that a criminal court component was involved. He not only handled our family court issues wonderfully, but he was an asset to our criminal attorney in those proceedings as well.

During the darkest days of my life I was referred to Matt Easterling by a family member. He represented me in a very complicated custody case and divorce. And then again when the situation got worse. I was being attacked at every angle and I felt like Matt came to my rescue. He worked endlessly on my case to help me get the results that I was happy and comfortable with. I felt he was very knowledgeable and always felt like I was in good hands. I would not only recommend him, but highly recommend him to anyone in need. Thanks, Matt! For everything!

Thanks for everything you did to make this divorce as painless as possible. As I said in the beginning, I wanted it my way or I would not be happy. Today, I walked out of your office with a smile on my face. I never thought I would get everything I wanted. If it wasn’t for my faith in God and my trust in you, I do not know how I would have made it to today. Again, thank you for doing such a great job! Hope we can meet on better terms in the future.

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