3. You can find the professional help you need. There are about 3,500 Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA)in the U.S. specifically trained in the financial aspects of divorce. What’s more, many CDFAs have completed additional education and training. For example, in addition to being a CDFA, I attended law school and completed dozens of advanced training courses in finance and divorce, including many of the same continuing education courses that are required for divorce and other attorneys (trust and estate, asset protection, etc.).
With this kind of specialized training and experience, CDFAs are clearly the most qualified and knowledgeable choice to help you work through the pros and cons of different divorce settlement proposals. We are the ones who can best help you avoid the common, but often devastating, financial mistakes made in a divorce.
So, let those friends and relatives be there for you emotionally. Let them help you with the day-to-day. But the next time they come forward to offer financial advice about your divorce, politely say “No thank you.” Your future financial well-being is just too important to leave in the hands of Uncle Harry –even if he did do really well in the stock market back in 1958.
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Jeffrey A. Landers, CDFA™ is a Divorce Financial Strategist™ and the founder of Bedrock Divorce Advisors, LLC (http://www.BedrockDivorce.com) a firm which exclusively advises affluent women throughout the United States before, during and after divorce. He assists women and their divorce attorneys with deciding on the most advantageous way to divide marital assets and enable them to negotiate more favorable settlements, especially when there are complicated financial and tax issues.Jeff also advises happily married women who have seen their friends blindsided by a divorce initiated by their husbands and wonder (wisely) how financially vulnerable they’d be in that situation. Jeff developed the nation’s first Just in Case(TM): Secure Your Financial Future,a one-hour program, which quickly shows married women how to be prepared in the event of a future divorce with immediate, practical steps. He can be reached at Landers@BedrockDivorce.com. All articles/blog posts are for informational purposes only, and do not constitute legal advice. If you require legal advice, retain a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author, who is not an attorney. Follow Jeffrey A. Landers on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Bedrock_Divorce