Divorce Services

The financial intricacies of divorce can be daunting for all involved. Our divorce financial planners will ensure that the settlement decisions you make will be fully educated and informed. Don't leave your financial future to chance.

Divorce Financial Planning

Services for your divorce

Smarter Divorce Solutions provides individuals, couples, mediators, and attorneys with financial expertise during divorce. With advanced training in all financial aspects of divorce including pension valuation, marital vs. separate property, and tax optimization of settlements, we can help craft creative settlement solutions that make financial sense for both parties. Get divorce financial planning expertise when you need it most.

MediationPlus® - Divorce Done Differently

Mediators often struggle with properly educating a couple on the financial complexities of their settlements. Not at Smarter Divorce Solutions. Every MediationPlus®  team has a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst trained in all of the financial intricacies of divorce. We combine our experience as financial advisors with hundreds of hours of mediation training to offer a whole new model – MediationPlus®. There’s no need to make agreements that aren’t fully informed, educated and future tested. At Smarter Divorce Solutions, we’re offering a mediation experience like no other. Facilitating communication is great, but don’t you want to be sure you have ALL of your property settlement options on the table? We provide  ideas for creative settlement solutions to ensure you will BOTH be ok in the next phase of your lives. Why go anywhere else?

Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation. In Collaborative Practice:

  1. The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
  2. The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided;
  3. The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
  4. Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;
  5. The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and
  6. The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.

Collaborative Practice provides you and your spouse or partner with the support and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Practice allows you the benefit of coaches, child and financial specialists all working together with you on your team. In Collaborative Practice, core elements form your commitments to this process, which are to: Negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution without having courts decide issues. Maintain open communication and information sharing. Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all. For local Collaborative Practitioners, see Collaborative Professionals of Phoenix.

Litigation Support

Regardless of the reasons, you and your spouse are engaged in divorce litigation and the financial complexities are overwhelming, confusing, and you don’t seem to be getting much clarity from your attorney. Let us partner with you to ensure you make smart decisions on what you should be negotiating for. Are you sure it’s going to be enough?

You might have investments, retirement accounts, pensions, businesses, expenses, rental properties, etc. How in the world do you structure a property settlement that is fair and won’t get you into tax trouble? Would you like to be able to see in black and white how a settlement would impact your future?  You have come to the right place.

We can partner with your attorney to help you navigate the financial waters of divorce with confidence and clarity.

Financial Forensics

Our office can fill most Financial Forensic needs at a much lower cost than the big firms. Nancy Hetrick holds the MAFF™, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics through the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and is trained in Lifestyle Analysis, Separate Property Tracing, and search for hidden assets. She can also assist your case with analysis of expenses run through a business or uncovering potential hidden assets through a Lifestyle Analysis.

When your case needs a Lifestyle Analysis or Forensic Accounting for a divorce, you can count on Smarter Divorce Solutions to fill that need in a cost-effective way.

Divorce Coaching

Are you trying to decide whether you should move forward with divorce? Are you struggling with managing the divorce process and need someone to be your thinking partner so that you know you’re not making costly mistakes? A divorce coach can help you with the emotional rollercoaster you’re on so that you can feel confident and secure through this difficult transition in your life. A divorce coach is a professional whose work is future-focused and they help you with a goal-oriented, step-by-step process to navigate through your divorce and beyond. With the guidance and support of a divorce coach, you will have a safe and calm space to explore options and process those difficult emotions.

If the following questions resonate with you, it’s time to reach out and talk to a coach.

  • Are you divorcing a narcissist or high-conflict spouse and you’re anxious or afraid of being manipulated or having your divorce team manipulated?
  • Are you worried about money and how you’ll survive?
  • Do you wonder if you’re going to be able to provide the same lifestyle for your children?
  • Does conflict make you anxious and you’re worried that you won’t be able to stand up for yourself?
  • Is confrontation with your spouse met with anger or outbursts?

You don’t have to experience this alone. Reach out today and let us be a shoulder to lean on. 

Post-Divorce Transition Assistance

Your divorce is final! Now some of the real work begins. Your accounts need to be consolidated, QDROs completed, bank accounts closed, wills redone, etc. It can be very overwhelming! Let us help you with all of those things after the divorce in order be sure you don’t miss anything important so you can begin the next phase of your life with confidence and control.

We’ll work with you as long as necessary to ensure that ALL of the terms of your settlement agreement are completed and you get the assets you’re entitled to.

As a Wealth Manager since 1999 and Certified Divorce Financial Planner with years of experience, Nancy Hetrick and her team from Smarter Divorce Solutions are equipped to help you manage your financial life post-divorce to ensure that your financial plan has the best chance of success. Nancy, Leslie and Andrea are full-service financial advisors with Better Money Decisons.  Make sure that you have a clear vision for your new life post-divorce.

Services include:

  • Investment Advice and Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Education and College Savings Planning
  • Small Business Finance
  • Tax and Insurance Assessments
Co-Parenting Coaching

Co-parenting after the end of your marriage can be really difficult but when conflicts arise, it’s the children that suffer. Regardless of why your marriage ended and how you’re feeling now, if you have children, your Ex will always be in your life. If you’re dealing with a high-conflict co-parent or your emotions are making it hard to interact, or there are issues you just can’t navigate on your own, then co-parenting coaching could be just the answer you’ve been looking for. We have developed a successful program that helps families create a realistic and compassionate plan that will alleviate the conflict and tension you may be feeling right now. You will be able to feel confident and secure that you are doing the best you can for your children and you’ll have the tools you need to be able to model good communication skills and conflict resolution techniques as a model your children will be able to use well into the future.

Managing Your Financial Life
Better Money Decisions was built on the foundation of superior service and a sincere desire to help clients make critical decisions as they navigate the transitions into the various stages of their lives. We put our expertise and vast experience to work for you as your partner throughout the many decisions that affect your financial life. Every financial decision has an emotional impact and we appreciate the fact that sometimes emotions can outweigh the dollars and cents. We’ll help you sort through these decisions, as well.

Let’s Get Started

Let us help you have a smarter divorce, no need to waste thousands in a court battle. We will contact you to set up your Smarter Divorce Strategy Session.

In Your Strategy Session We’ll:
  • Explore your divorce options and get clear on the right solution for your situation
  • Review your financial situation and explore creative settlement possibilities
  • Map out a plan for transitioning to the next phase of your life
  • Identify your biggest fears and decide the best way to address them
  • Connect you with any other resources you’ll need in your process

Only 10 sessions available each month! Schedule today to ensure availability!

 

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Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA®) who keep the cost of divorce low, while being committed to a kinder, gentler divorce process for all involved.

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