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Why hire a CDFA™?

Laura obtained her CDFA™ designation in May 2015 after completing her self study  program through the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™.

Much like the CFP® designation, the CDFA™ designation has rigorous education requirements, as well as a high level of ethical and professional standards.


CDFA™ practitioners agree to abide by a strict code of professional conduct known as the IDFA™ Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, which sets forth their ethical responsibilities to the public, clients, employers, and other professionals.


CDFA™ practitioners must have a minimum of 3 years work experience in a financial or legal capacity prior to earning the right to use the CDFA™ certification mark.


1) Financial analysis conducted early in the divorce process can save time.

  • The average length of the U.S. divorce process is one year.  In the beginning stages of the process, both parties spend a great deal of time trying to get a clear understanding of the financial aspects and terminology of the separation.  A CDFA™ professional can explain all aspects of the pending decisions and help to empower their clients to make educated decisions throughout the proceedings.

2) A CDFAcan help their client save money during the divorce process.

  • By using a CDFA™ professional, you can have a clearer view of your financial future.  Only then can you approach a legal settlement that fully addresses your financial needs and capabilities.  A legal settlement that floats back and forth between attorney, without the client having a clear understanding of all financial ramifications, can be detrimental, time consuming and expensive.  CDFA™ professionals can educate their clients by providing a thorough knowledge and understanding of the often-complicated financial decisions.

3) A CDFAcan help her clients to avoid long-term financial pitfalls related to divorce agreements.

  • Working with a client and their attorney, a CDFA™ professional can forecast the long-term affects of the divorce settlement.  This includes details of all tax liabilities and benefits.  Developing a long-term forecast for their financial situation is far better than a short-term snapshot.  Financial decisions must be made that no only take care of immediate family needs, but retirement needs as well.

4) CDFAprofessionals can assist their clients with developing detailed household budgets to help avoid post-divorce financial struggles.

  • A CDFA™ professional can help clients think through what the divorce will really cost in the long run and develop a realistic monthly budget during the financial analysis process.  Expenses such as life insurance, health insurance, and cost of living increases must be taken into consideration when agreeing on a final financial settlement.

5) Using a CDFAprofessional can reduce the amount of apprehension and misunderstanding about the divorce process.

  • Misinformation and misconceptions about the divorce process can be detrimental.  Many have false expectations that they will be able to secure a divorce settlement allowing them to continue with their accustomed style of living.  Financial divorce analysis helps to ensure a good, stable economic future and prevent long-term regret with financial decisions made during the divorce process.