Navigating Divorce

Divorce doesn’t have to be a fight – but you still need to come prepared to make sure you get what you need financially to live your best life after your settlement.

All too often, we see people relying on their attorney for everything when they go through a divorce. Then they realize too late that just because their lawyer is an expert in matters of the law doesn’t mean they know what’s best for your financial future.

Bonnie Sewell is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, and she understands what you need because she’s been there, too.

You’ve come a long way. You’re probably exhausted. But this isn’t the time to let things slide.

Money is moving and mistakes could cost you in terms of realizing the settlement terms you just went to great lengths to ensure. Our goal is to make sure no one ends up in a financially stressed household – you or your former spouse. We start by creating what we call a base case, a model that shows where you are today as a couple and where you're going as you separate. With the base case and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ on your side, you'll enter into negotiation with confidence knowing your future is secure. Prepare for the promise of tomorrow.

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How The Divorce Financial Planning Process Works

You may be wondering how the divorce financial planning process works. To get you through your divorce negotiations successfully, you’ll need a road map which is our flat fee financial analysis.  For this analysis, we first talk about what you need and what you want.  Then we look at what you owe, what you own, and what you earn to build a base case of where you are today, before divorce. From there, we develop scenarios which will illustrate all your possible outcomes. Once you know the possibilities, you can negotiate terms that make sure you can pay your bills ...

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