Divorce Services






This workshop is a community partnership between the “Divorce Workshop for Women” team and the Military Family Readiness Center, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.  This workshop is available to all DOD ID Cardholders.  See the Events page for available classes.


This workshop is available through the Northside Independent School District Adult and Community Education website.  Registration and a $35 fee is required. See the Events page for available classes.

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®

Contact us to schedule a complementary 30-minute phone consultation to discuss your case.

Role of A CDFA®

Since 2015 Diane has been a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional and assists clients, couples and their attorneys to better understand the financial complexities surrounding divorce and to forecast the long-term effects of alternative settlement proposals. The role of a CDFA® is to assist the client and his/her lawyer to understand how the financial decisions he/she makes today will impact the client’s financial future.

Questions that a Divorcing Couple May Have:

  • Where will the children live?
  • Who will pay for their education and medical treatment?
  • How do we value our property?
  • Who gets what property?
  • What tax issues must we be concerned with?
  • How do we divide retirement funds and pensions?
  • How will the lower-earning spouse survive financially?
  • What additional financial support does that person need?
  • Who gets the house?
  • What happens if a paying ex-spouse dies?

CDFA Brochure

Responsibilities of a CDFA®

As a CDFA®, Diane is someone who comes from a financial planning background and completed an intensive training program to become skilled in analyzing and providing expertise related to the financial issues of divorce. As a CDFA® she:

  • Becomes part of the divorce team, providing litigation support for the lawyer and client, or becomes a member of a Collaborative Law team. In either event, the CDFA® will be responsible for:
    • Identifying the short-term and long-term effects of dividing property.
    • Integrating tax issues.
    • Analyzing pension and retirement plan issues.
    • Determining if the client can afford the matrimonial home – and if not, what might be an affordable alternative.
    • Evaluating the client’s insurance needs.
    • Establishing assumptions for projecting inflation and rates of return.
    • Bringing an innovative and creative approach to settling cases.
  • Provides the client and lawyer with data that shows the financial effect of any given divorce settlement.
  • Appears as an expert witness if the case should go to court, or in mediation or arbitration proceedings.
  • Is familiar with tax issues that apply to divorce.
  • Has background knowledge of the legal issues in divorce.
  • Is trained to interview clients so as to:
    • Collect financial and expense data.
    • Help client’s identify their future financial goals.
    • Develop a budget.
    • Set retirement objectives.
    • Determine how much risk they are willing to take with their investments.
    • Identify what kind of life style they want.
    • Determine the costs of their children’s education.