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Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Mediator

Divorce Financial Mediator for Couples

You realize that it’s time for your marriage to end and you’re ready to start a new chapter in your life. You are both reasonable and you don’t want to end up in court and become enemies. You realize an amicable and fair divorce is best for you, your children and your finances. But you don’t know where to start or maybe talking about money is something you were never able to do as a couple. You want a third party that is knowledgeable about finances and that can affordably help you through the process so both parties can see and understand what is reasonable and fair. I want to help you divorce affordably, and you can divorce without an attorney and with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

  • Step One: I conduct a free initial phone call with one or both spouses to briefly understand your situation and determine if my process might be a fit for you.
  • Step Two: We have an in-person or Zoom consultation meeting (usually an hour) where I learn more about you and your family and your financial situation, we go over your goals, and I answer your questions. My process as it applies to you will be explained in more detail. If you decide to move forward and retain my services, I will provide you a list of documents you will need to gather.
  • Step Three: You download your financial data into my secure, online storage.
  • Step Four: I review your financial data and input it into my financial software. Once that I done, I perform the analysis and come up with a financial settlement solution as a starting point that we will go over in our next meeting.
  • Step Five: We will hold a 2-3 hour joint mediation session where we will go over your assets and debts and the proposed budgets for each spouse and the children as well as various scenarios and settlement solutions that might work for you. I will help you amicably negotiate until a settlement that is right for you is reached. If needed, additional mediation sessions will be scheduled.
  • Step Six: I will create a Summary of Meetings outlining your settlement and then refer you to an attorney who can affordably prepare and file the necessary court papers, or you can file on your own.

Attorneys aren’t financial experts and won't provide you the financial information you need.

Many women I work with have been focused on raising a family, leaving the financial planning up to their spouse. Not having a command of your financial situation and the divorce process could put you at a disadvantage during divorce negotiations. Without this knowledge, you may make decisions that will negatively impact your long term standard of living. So if hiring an attorney is the only option you feel you have, I’ll educate you on your options, the process and the financial aspects of your divorce. You can either use this information during mediation with your spouse or take this information to your attorney so by the time you walk into an attorney’s office, you will feel knowledgeable and empowered, ready to manage the divorce process rather than letting the process manage you.

Most people don’t know that they have the option of working out a divorce without an attorney. Attorneys will tell you you have to have an attorney but this simply isn’t true! If you and your spouse are generally amicable, as a mediator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, I provide a lower-cost alternative to hiring an attorney to settle your divorce. This financially guided, mediated approach can potentially save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. Both men and women find mediation has less conflict while offering a better foundation for future co-parenting.

I invite you to call me, Mary Salisbury, CDFA, at (910) 622-7180 so we can discuss what is The Right Divorce Solution for you.