Why hiring a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst can make or break you
By: Melissa Provence CDC,DCC
When it comes to divorce, more than emotion has to come into the equation. High net worth couples can have a particularly difficult time. They have saved all their lives and now face losing a portion of those savings. When it comes to dividing high net worth estates, a highly skilled Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) is one of your best lines of defense.
Planning for more than tomorrow:
Oftentimes fiscal decisions are thrown to the wayside due to the emotional effects that divorce can have on a couple. The role of a CDFA is to look at your estate with more than a short-term band aid to get you back on your feet. They work with you during and after your divorce to help you make financial choices when best serve you now and in the future.
Many clients have never dealt with investments like 401K’s, RSU’s, and pension plans. These are complex investments which can greatly impact your retirement. What are the tax implications down the road when dividing the assets awarded to you in your divorce? Does a 50/50 split become a 70/30 split when considering tax effect on your estate? These fact sets are often presented to the client so they can make sound financial decisions. A seasoned CDFA will take an all-encompassing approach to assist you in making wise financial choices.
CDFA’s Role in Your Divorce:
You may be wondering why you wouldn’t just use a financial planner. CDFA’s are often financial planners who also have specialty training and experience working in the divorce financial realm.
CDFA’s will work with you to organize and help you understand your finances. Collecting years of financial data, researching separate property, and division options for the estate.
Let’s not forget parenting after divorce. Who is paying for college? What will child support look like? What about children’s car expenses? These and others are topics a CDFA can review with you, your mediator, and your attorney.
Dissolution of a marriage, not your net worth:
At Divorce Strategies Group, we do divorce differently. Denise French founded the company in 2014 after her own divorce disaster. She had spent a six-figure price tag and a few years of her life trying to close one chapter and begin a new one. After she was divorced, Denise desired to build a company based on creating a better divorce experience. She is highly trained in the areas of high net worth divorces, divorce tax, separate property tracing, executive compensation in divorce, and pension plans. We don’t just facilitate the last stages of the negotiation. We walk with you every step of the way.