About UsDivorce doesn’t have to be the most defining experience of your life draining your energy, your time and your financial resources. We strive to transform fear and uncertainty into peace and confidence. Let us introduce you to our mission and our team of collaborative professionals.
We value walking through divorce in a manner that is dignified, private and without catastrophic loss to a family’s finances. We believe the private process of early intervention mediation can allow individuals to walk through a divorce process where agreements are highlighted, differences negotiated, and individualized settlements can be reached in a cooperative manner.
We know our clients have lives to live after the divorce, and we want to place them in the best possible financial situation to do so. We also value the family unit, whether under one roof or in two separate homes.
We utilize a proven process of consultation, analysis and mediation that helps parties reach agreements on support paid, the division of assets, debts, child custody, parental rights, duties and responsibilities.
Ultimately, we strive to transform the fear and uncertainty of the divorce process into peace and confidence.
MEET OUR TEAM OF COLLABORATING PROFESSIONALS
Denise French of Divorce Strategies Group
Denise founded Divorce Strategies Group in 2014. Divorce Strategies Group was incepted because of her own ugly divorce in 2007. Denise desired to create a firm where others could have a better divorce experience, and to help other children not face the trauma her own child experienced. She helps other walk through the divorce process in a dignified, confident manner.
Denise is a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), an experienced Family and Child Custody Mediator and trained as a Collaborative Law Financial Expert. Denise focuses on the areas of divorce finance, divorce tax, separate property tracing, executive compensation in divorce, pension plans, expert witness testimony as well as the emotional aspects of divorce and mediation.
Denise also founded French Financial Group in 2012. Prior to French Financial Group, Denise worked for large investment and insurance firms. She has over 22 years of experience in financial planning, investment positioning, and income strategies. She currently provides full-service financial planning, investment placement and insurance as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) under French Financial Group. Denise is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).
Shelli Dodson of Dodson Pope CPA, PLLC
Shelli assists Divorce Strategies Group with forensic tax and accounting services. She is also a trusted source of information and advice on tax matters affecting divorce litigants. Shelli co-founded Pope Dodson PLLC to help taxpayers mitigate their personal and business tax exposure. She enjoys helping clients form and execute an overall tax plan to serve them today and in the future. She also finds fulfillment in helping clients by acting as a liaison between them and the IRS in audits. With her expertise in tax and QuickBooks, Shelli is often the starting point for small business owners who want to understand the overall process of accounting and record keeping. Shelli is a graduate of Sam Houston State University. She is an active CPA in Texas, a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, a member of the AICPA and a member of the Texas Society of CPAs.
More information can be found at https://www.mytxcpa.net.
Patric McCallum of Drew McCallum Law
Patric McCallum focuses his practice on family and business law. A strong business background, a devotion to helping Texas families and businesses, and over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts throughout Texas give Patric an edge in high-asset divorces. Patric’s focus is to address head-on the root causes of fear, anxiety, and paralysis that go hand-in-hand with divorce. If left unchecked, these feelings feed anger and instinctual lashing out that make the process difficult and expensive.
The antidote to these feelings is to start with an assurance – divorce does not have to be this way. Instead, the focus is on knowledge and empowerment. Armed with these, sound business decisions can be made. The parties can focus on understanding the process, identifying the things that are most important to each spouse, and working to ensure that post-divorce both households are stable and financially sound.
Patric is trained and experienced in collaborative law, mediation, and is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution. Practical solutions crafted by the parties, with good advice and sound judgment, are far better than uncertain results thrust upon the parties in traditional divorces.
More information can be found at https://www.drewmccallum.com/family-law/
Teresa DeFord of DeFord Law
Teresa DeFord is a veteran family law attorney with over 20 years of experience practicing law. Teresa has a heart for families in divorce and understands that this is a tremendously difficult time in a persons’ life. She strives to make the experience as peaceful as possible while still advocating strongly for her clients. Teresa is trained in collaborative law and enjoys helping clients reach an amicable divorce solution. She is also an experienced trail attorney and very comfortable fighting strongly for her clients in divorce litigation. Teresa understands the financial side of divorce and has co-authored a book, More Than Money – How To Leave A Lasting Legacy To Your Family.
Teresa speaks regularly at the bi-monthly, non-profit education day “Wise Woman’s Guide to Divorce” in The Woodlands. She is a strong proponent for educating the public on options for divorce and what to expect in the process.
More information can be found at https://www.defordlawfirm.com
Denise Khoury of Guajardo Khoury Family Law
Denise Khoury is a skilled family law attorney with over a decade of experience in handling Texas, interstate, and international cases with clients whose first language is English or Spanish. Ms. Khoury is a certified and experienced mediator who believes that when parties settle outside of court, their temporary or final agreement will have a better chance of long-term success. She is also a strong proponent of parties resolving their issues through the Collaborative Law process; a successful form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which focuses on handling sensitive family law matters in a private, custom way outside of the standard, public courthouse experience. Additionally, Denise Khoury serves as Amicus Attorney representing the best interest of children who are in the middle of litigation.
Ms. Khoury takes pride in the work, passion, and empathy that she provides for each client and their uniquely personal life events that have lead them to seek her services, whether for filing an original suit, simply seeking advice and education, or rectifying mistakes of prior counsels.
More information can be found at https:www.gkfamilylaw.com
Manny Caiati of Caiati Law & Mediation
Manny Caiati is an Attorney and Mediator practicing in Houston since 1996. After graduating from South Texas College of Law, Manny dedicated himself to representing people in matters of child custody litigation and divorce. He is also a Credentialed Advanced Mediator and Collaborative Law Attorney.
Manny’s practice primarily focuses on divorce mediation. He prefers to help clients cooperatively reach an agreement and has helped countless families reach a peaceful divorce settlement. Manny is often appointed, in the Family Courts, to represent the children of divorce as a child advocate. He has been an instructor in child advocacy training and an Associate Law Professor at San Jacinto College. Manny is a continuing Member of College of the State Bar of Texas and also of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.
Manny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Hunt of The Hunt Mortgage Team
Lee and his wife, Darielle Hunt, have been serving clients in the mortgage industry since 1989 and 1992 respectively. In that time, they have helped thousands of families achieve the dream of homeownership. In 1996, they founded their own company, which they consistently grew for 12 years, selling the company in 2008. They say that working for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, under the leadership of Chris Kelso, has been the best move since they owend their own company. “Fairway provides us all the tools we need to serve our clients, alone with the autonomy and flexibility to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.” They have helped thousands of families and would welcome the opportunity to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact them with questions.
More information can be found at https://www.thehuntmortgageteam.com.
Tully French & Scott Marder of F & M Insurance Group
To date, F&M Insurance Group is proud to say we represent the most competitive commercial insurance as well as personal auto, life, health and home insurance plans in Texas. As an Independent Insurance Agency, we are able to work with many of the top insurance carriers in Texas allowing us to customize an insurance policy that will fit your needs and your wallet. Our technology allows us to instantly compare rates of competing insurance companies to not only save you money, but ensure you are getting the best coverage for your insurance dollar.
More information can be found at https://www.fminsgrp.com