Why You Should Hire a Divorce Financial Planner

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Divorce is a challenging and emotionally taxing process that often requires making critical financial decisions that can have long-lasting effects on your future.

Amidst the emotional turmoil, it’s crucial to approach the process with clarity and strategic planning. This is where a divorce financial planner comes in – a professional who specializes in helping individuals navigate the intricate financial aspects of divorce.

In the state of California, where divorce proceedings can be complex, enlisting the assistance of a divorce financial planner can prove to be a wise and beneficial decision. At San Diego Family Mediation Center, all the mediators, including myself, have their law degree and also have been trained as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (or a CDFA® for short).

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In this article, we’ll delve into the reasons why you should seriously consider hiring a mediator who is also savvy with the divorce financial planning aspect of the process. Alternatively, if you find yourself in a litigated process or trying to DIY your divorce, utilizing one of our mediators as a consultant can be a game changer and save you time and money.

Understanding the Role of a Divorce Financial Planner

As CDFAS®, (also known as a divorce financial planner), we are experts at the intersection of divorce and financial planning. We bring a unique blend of financial expertise, knowledge of divorce laws, and a deep understanding of emotional dynamics that can arise during divorce proceedings. Our primary goal is to help you make well-informed decisions that align with your long-term financial goals.

Navigating the Complexities of Divorce Finances

Divorce involves the division of assets, liabilities, and property – a process that can be extremely complex. From real estate and retirement accounts to investments and debts, the financial landscape can quickly become overwhelming. As a divorce financial planner, we can help you gain a clear understanding of your financial picture, ensuring that no assets or liabilities are overlooked.

Assessing Financial Impact

One of the key advantages of hiring a divorce financial planner is their ability to provide an accurate assessment of the financial impact of various settlement options. Using specialized software, we can help you evaluate the short-term and long-term consequences of decisions such as property division, alimony, child support, and more. By having a comprehensive understanding of the financial outcomes of different choices, you can make informed decisions that protect your financial well-being.

Creating a Realistic Budget

Post-divorce, your financial situation may change significantly. A divorce financial planner can work with you to create a realistic budget based on your new financial circumstances. This budget will take into account your income, expenses, potential support payments, and any adjustments that need to be made to maintain your financial stability.

Mitigating Tax Implications

Divorce can have substantial tax implications, especially when it comes to property division and spousal support. A divorce financial planner can help you navigate these complexities, identifying strategies to minimize your tax liabilities. This can be particularly important in high-asset divorces where tax considerations play a significant role.

Collaboration with Legal Professionals

As a mediator, we can act solely as your divorce financial planner, we can work with you as a mediator, and connect you with a separate (either neutral or individual) financial planner, or we can work hand-in-hand with your already existing legal team to ensure a cohesive strategy. We can provide financial insights that will help you and your partner build a stronger foundation to restart your lives and be the best parents you can be.

Long-Term Financial Planning

Beyond the immediate concerns of divorce, we can help connect you with a long-term financial planner to assist you in developing a long-term financial plan. They can help you set new financial goals, make investment decisions, and plan for your retirement. This forward-looking approach can empower you to move forward with confidence and a sense of financial security.

Emotional Support and Clarity

Divorce is an emotionally charged process that can cloud judgment when it comes to financial decisions. As a neutral third party, we work to provide objective advice and insights that are not influenced by emotions. Our presence can help you maintain clarity and focus on your long-term financial well-being.


Navigating the intricate intersection of divorce and financial planning requires expertise, foresight, and an understanding of both legal and financial landscapes. A divorce financial planner can provide invaluable assistance in ensuring that you make informed decisions that safeguard your financial future. In California, where divorce proceedings can be particularly complex, enlisting the guidance of a professional who specializes in divorce financial planning can be a strategic move that ultimately leads to greater financial stability and peace of mind.

Contact San Diego Family Mediation to learn more about the divorce financial planning process.

Jennifer Segura with west coast family mediation center

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