Deborah ClarkCountry: United States
BiographyDeborah Clark graduated from McGill University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Commerce and obtained her professional accounting designation (CPA). Deborah was married to her first husband in 1984. After thirteen years of attempting to have children, they decided to start a business before adopting their two daughters in 1997/98. As her then-husband built unscrupulous ethics and opposed parental ideals, Deborah filed for divorce seven years later requiring a divorce team of five lawyers—family, civil, criminal, real estate, and children’s lawyers. She fought a bitter two-year battle resulting in her ex-husband being in contempt of court on seven counts. She was granted sole custody of the two girls.
Deborah continued as a single parent, soon discovering both daughters were diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses and learning disabilities and identified with the LGBTQ+ community. Her youngest daughter became suicidal at thirteen years of age. During the entire time, Deborah’s ex-husband sabotaged all her parenting efforts and refused to pay the mandated child support. Deborah experienced four major depressions, lost two executive financial jobs, went on disability four times, and almost filed for bankruptcy. Over the next 8 years, she recovered her health and her career. Deborah found love again and remarried in 2018.
Now in her sixties, Deborah is happily retired and living a healthy, loving and fulfilling life. She has started the business Complex Parenting as an author, speaker and coach to help other overwhelmed parents in complex family situations achieve balance and vitality in their lives.