About Us

The divorce process in Texas 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.


Denise French, Creator of Divorce Strategies Group

Denise French

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 Divorce 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).

Lydia Rezie, Senior Analyst

Lydia Rezie

Lydia Rezie joined Divorce Strategies Group as a senior analyst in 2019. Lydia started her career in investment banking in 2000, where she primarily worked with companies in the energy sector, including utilities, oil and gas companies, and master limited partnerships. Her transaction experience included mergers and acquisitions, public debt and equity offerings, and bank debt structuring; she gained extensive experience in company and asset valuations as well as capital structure analysis. In 2008, Lydia became a supervisory analyst in equity research, where she reviewed and approved research analysts’ investment recommendations to ensure financial accuracy and adherence to securities industry standards and regulations.  

Leah Hadley, Senior Analyst

Leah Hadley

Leah Hadley joined Divorce Strategies Group as a senior analyst. She spent seven years in equity research, most recently covering consumer durables and specialty retail stocks. She was responsible for building financial models, analyzing corporate strategy, and writing investment recommendations for institutional investors.

Leah is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), Mediator with 100+ hours of education in conflict resolution, Wealth Manager, Former Equity Research Analyst, and Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF®).

Melissa Provence, Director of Operations

Melissa Adkins

Melissa Provence joined French Financial Group and Divorce Strategies Group in 2018 as our Director of Operations after working through her own divorce. She is passionate about helping others during this difficult period of their lives and helping women grow emotionally and mentally strong after divorce. After her own divorce, Melissa attended and graduated as a certified paralegal from University of Houston Law Center in early 2018. Melissa is the mother of 3 school age children and lives in Montgomery, TX.  She has found a new path after her divorce and a new career.  She has also recently remarried.