Divorce Services

Over the past 18 years, I’ve experienced the joy of couples welcoming newborns and adopted children into their families, the excitement when business aspirations turn into reality, and the relief when hard-earned retirement dreams come to fruition. I’ve also observed the heartache and torment caused by divorce and, in fact, experienced that same pain in my own divorce which occurred in 2010. Unfortunately, divorce is much too common in today’s society and comes with both emotional and financial costs. Because of this, I became a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® practitioner which helped me develop the expertise needed to properly advise and guide clients past the many financial pitfalls associated with divorce. 

To read more about why I chose to pursue the CDFA® certification, click here.

What is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional?

A CDFA® professional has specialized skills and experience that enables him or her to analyze the long-term financial impact of divorce. They have met specific education, experience, and ethical requirements, and have been certified by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFATM). The CDFA® professional abides by a Code of Ethics and completes continuing education requirements on a bi-annual basis.

For many clients, divorce is the largest financial transaction of their lives. The role of a CDFA® professional is to address the special financial issues of divorce with data to help achieve equitable settlements. CDFA® professionals receive special training in divorce-related financial issues such as tax, insurance, support, and property division. 

How Can a CDFA® Professional Help?

We help clients address the special financial issues of divorce with data that can help achieve equitable settlements. Through the financial analysis process, a CDFA® professional can help clients think through the real cost of divorce and develop a realistic picture of their financial situation as they transition to a new lifestyle.

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A CDFA® professional is trained to:

  • Consider personal vs. marital property
  • Value and divide property
  • Review retirement and pensions
  • Determine spousal and child support
  • Split the house
  • Anticipate tax problems and solutions


If you or someone you know is facing the unfortunate situation of divorce, contact our office today; someone from Team Empower is ready to help!

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How Can an Attorney Benefit?

Adding a CDFA® professional to the divorce process can remove you from a financial morass and allow you to focus on the legal issues. Benefits of working with a CDFA® professional include:

  • Assist in case preparation and settlement; we do the detailed financial work for you.
  • Increased value to your clients by helping them understand the specific short- and long-term consequences of their financial settlement.
  • Reduced liability by having in-depth financial research to support your case.
  • Reliable expert witness testimony if your case goes to court.

A CDFA® professional is trained to:

  • Produce powerful case exhibits in the form of spreadsheets and graphs
  • Give you professional support to know you have covered all the financial "bases"
  • Provide a rock-solid personal financial analysis for your client
  • Make sure your client understands the short-term and long-term financial impact of different settlement proposals
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Empower Wealth Advisors does not provide legal or tax advice. You should consult a legal or tax professional regarding your individual situation.

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