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.
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 to help parties reach agreements on support paid, the division of assets, the division of debts and tax planning. We strive to place each person in the best possible situation after the divorce.
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, Creator 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 Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®), a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), a 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.
Denise also founded French Financial Group in 2012. Prior to French Financial Group, Denise worked as a regional sales executive 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).
Brent McMinn, Research and Valuation Analyst
Brent McMinn joined Divorce Strategies Group in 2018 as a valuation analyst. His expertise lies in the complex nature of business valuation, equity research and trading. Formerly, he was drafted as a pitcher for the New York Mets and played in the minor leagues from 2013-2016 until he was injured. At that point, Brent found himself re-creating the life he once imagined for himself. He sought to use his natural talents of research and analysis, combined with his life-long love of learning about the markets, economics and what makes businesses work to start a new career.
Brent is currently a Level 3 CFA candidate. He began his journey with the CFA Institute in January of 2017. He has spent over 2000 hours studying computer programming, quantitative analysis, economics, financial reporting and analysis, ethics, equity valuation, corporate finance, fixed income, alternative investments, derivatives, and portfolio management. He passed Level 1 and Level 2 of the CFA exam in 2017 and 2018. He is a candidate to sit for Level 3, the final level, of the CFA exams in June of 2019. Brent graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Nevada in 2015.
Melissa Adkins, Operations Manager
Melissa Adkins joined Divorce Strategies Group in 2018 as our Operations Manager. Working through her own divorce, with the help and counsel of Denise French, she became passionate about helping others during this difficult period of their lives. Melissa’s own experience with early intervention mediation helped bring hope, reason, and cooperation during a time where she feared for her family’s financial wellbeing. After her divorce, Melissa attended and graduated as a certified paralegal from University of Houston Law Center in early 2018. Melissa also previously worked as an administrative assistant at Merrill Lynch.
Melissa fully understands the value in engaging highly-trained financial planners to navigate the ups and downs of life. Melissa is a single mother of 2 school age children and lives in The Woodlands, TX.