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April 2014

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief Lori Lustberg: A woman - I will call her Lucy - recently contacted me for help with her divorce. She was questioning her attorney and seeking a second opinion. When Lucy came into my office, she brought the spreadsheet her attorney had created that outlined a proposed settlement scenario, and I could fairly easily tell that her legal and financial interests were well represented ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP University Webinar Series (to view articles click here)

Thursday April 10, 2014: Rental Real Estate and Defined Benefit Pension Plans This Webinar will help you better serve your clients who have rental real estate or defined benefit pensions ...(to view entire article click here)

Thursday May 8, 2014: Mastering Analyses and Reports This Webinar will help you master Family Law Software's less-used analyses and reports, in order to facilitate more effective resolutions and more compelling presentations ...(to view entire article click here)

Thursday June 12, 2014: Dividing Assets After Tax Everyone talks about the importance of dividing assets on an after-tax basis, but few people are actually doing it. This Webinar will help you understand and employ the tools in the software for dividing assets on an after-tax basis. ...(to view entire article click here)

REGISTRATION ...(to view entire article click here)

Other Upcoming Webinars: The ADFP will continue to provide educational webinars such as ths one. A list of upcoming webinars is below ...(to view entire article click here)

Notes From Our Blog Plans for the ADFP's 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, October 13-16, are well underway. The conference is being held in coordination with the Annual Conference of the Academy ...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce Finance Related Legal Cases (to view articles click here)

Custodial Parent's Waiver of Dependency Exemption Must be Unconditional Armstrong v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service & Hanson v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, March 13, 2014 ...(to view entire article click here)

Potential Income, Rather Than Actual Income, Used for Child Support Calculation When Party Takes Early Retirement Gilmore v. Ambrose, Oregon Court of Appeals, October 9, 2013 ...(to view entire article click here)

Modification of Support Payments Due to Inability to Pay Requires a Finding of Culpable Conduct, Not Voluntary Conduct Olson v. Mohammadu, Connecticut Supreme Court, December 10, 2013 ...(to view entire article click here)

Resources (to view articles click here)

The CPA's role in mediation: CLICK HERE

Business valuation: CLICK HERE

The Supreme Court Redefines Spouse: Tax and Other Implications CLICK HERE

There are also several on taxation issues: CLICK HERE

The entire online catalog can be found here: CLICK HERE

InvestmentNews has several archived webcasts and webinars: CLICK HERE

Early Neutral Evaluation CLICK HERE

Settlement Negotiation Techniques in Family Law: A Guide to Improved Tactics and Resolution CLICK HERE

Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation, Second Edition CLICK HERE

Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce: A Guide to Enlightened Team Practice CLICK HERE

Testing Goodwill for Impairment - Accounting and Valuation Guide CLICK HERE

Guide to Intangible Asset Valuation CLICK HERE

Understanding Business Valuation: A Practical Guide to Valuing Small to Medium Sized Businesses, Fourth Edition CLICK HERE

Trainings, Workshops, and Conferences (to view articles click here)

Stay tuned for more information on the ADFP conference. For more information on the APFM conference: CLICK HERE

The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts Spring 2014 Conference is being held May 15-17 in South Beach, Miami CLICK HERE

The AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce is being held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24-25, 2014, with a pre-conference day April 23rd CLICK HERE

The Financial Planning Association's annual conference will take place September 20-22, 2014, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington CLICK HERE

The 2014 FPA Retreat will be held on May 3 - 5, 2014 at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida CLICK HERE

The ABA Section of Family Law Spring CLE Conference will take place May 7-10, 2014, at the Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda CLICK HERE

The American Bar Association is hosting a 20-Hour Family Law ADR Institute, June 20-22, 2014, at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, in Boston, Massachusetts CLICK HERE

The Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire is hosting an Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Practice Training Friday June 6 & Saturday June 7, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire CLICK HERE

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) is hosting its 51st Annual Conference, entitled Navigating the Waters of Shared Parenting: Guidance from the Harbour, on May 28-31, 2014 at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada CLICK HERE

The Association for Conflict Resolution's (ACR) 2014 Annual Conference will be held October 8-11 in Cincinnati, Ohio CLICK HERE

The ACR is seeking applications for juried selection for seven prime time presenters to address "practice or research that will enhance the knowledge and practice of our diverse membership." CLICK HERE

The ACR's Spirituality Section, in conjunction with the AFCC, will be holding its 8th retreat July 18- 20, 2014, with a pre-retreat day on July 17th, at the Shambala Mountain Center in Red Feather, Colorado. Joan Borysenko, Ph.D, will be the featured speaker CLICK HERE


March 2014

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief Lori Lustberg: I have always been a voracious reader. These days, legal and financial services publications are at the top of my list. In my readings lately, including in more "mainstream" publications, I am noticing an emphasis on ethics, the bounds of the professional fiduciary relationship, and the importance of the public trust, particularly in the legal and financial professions ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP University Webinar Series (to view articles click here)

Inaugural Webinar Re-Cap: Dividing Stock Options and Restricted Stock in Divorce March 5th marked the first installment of the ADFP University Webinar Series. Thea Glazer offered insightful and informative information on our topic: Dividing Stock Options and Restricted Stock in Divorce ...(to view entire article click here)

Upcoming Webinars: The ADFP will continue to provide educational webinars such as ths one. A list of upcoming webinars ...(to view entire article click here)

2014 ADFP Annual Conference: Save the Date The 2014 ADFP Annual Conference will be held in San Diego on October 13-16, in coordination with the Annual Conference of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), which is being held October 16-19. See Trainings, Workshops & Conferences section below for more information. ...(to view entire article click here)

Member Feedback Last month, I wrote about the case of Christopher Kenck. Kenck had timely paid child support of $186 per month for years via wage withholding from his military pay. His obligation was increased to $458 per month and made retroactive to the date the mother filed the request for modification ...(to view entire article click here)

Member News (to view articles click here)

Eastern Pennsylvania ADFP Chapter The Eastern Pennsylvania ADFP Chapter met January 28th at David Emery's office at the Marshall Financial Group in Doylestown ...(to view entire article click here)

WIFE Receives Donation The nonprofit Women's Institute for Financial Education (WIFE), co-founded by ADFP member Ginita Wall, has just received a substantial donation that will enable the Institute to enhance its website, www.wife.org ...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce Finance Related Legal Cases (to view articles click here)

Expanded Fiduciary Duty of Financial Advisor A financial advisor owes a fiduciary duty to his or her client. An attorney owes a fiduciary duty to his or her client. In 1987, in Schreiner v. Scoville, the Iowa Supreme Court held that an attorney who helped draft a client's will owed a fiduciary duty to "the direct, intended, and specifically identifiable beneficiaries" of the client ...(to view entire article click here)

Enforceability of Orders Containing Automatic Escalation Clauses: Different Views From Different States In Lee v. Kennard, the parties had agreed to an escalation clause tied to the consumer price index with regard to both child support and spousal support, and the parties' agreements were incorporated verbatim into their final divorce decree. After eleven years, Kennard sued because Lee had never payed the automatic increases ...(to view entire article click here)

Resources (to view articles click here)

The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer CLICK HERE

The AICPA's website has in-depth information on the Standards in Personal Financial Planning Services, which were issued in January 2014 and will go into effect on July 1, 2014. The standards were promulgated to ensure that CPAs acting as financial planners do so "with the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, objectivity, and competence so that a CPA financial planner can serve the best interests of his or her clients and the public." CLICK HERE

The AICPA online store has a Standards in Personal Financial Planning Services: Compliance Toolkit CLICK HERE

The AICPA website has a compendium of resources on state laws and taxation issues affecting same-sex couples: CLICK HERE

Amazon.com has a wealth of divorce-related resources, including the book Strategies for Family Law in California, 2013 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Developments in California Family Law (Inside the Minds) CLICK HERE

Trainings, Workshops, and Conferences (to view articles click here)

APFM conference entitled Casting a Wider Net in the Ocean of Family Mediation CLICK HERE

APFM is hosting its first-ever Advanced Training April 4-5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The topic is "Multicultural Issues in Family Mediation." CLICK HERE

The Center for Mediation and Training in Manhattan is hosting several advanced mediation trainings in the near future, many of which deal with divorce-related financial issues CLICK HERE

The Center also conducts basic divorce mediation trainings on an ongoing basis CLICK HERE

The Financial Planning Association's annual conference will take place September 20-22, 2014, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington CLICK HERE

The 2014 FPA Retreat will be held on May 3 - 5, 2014 at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida CLICK HERE

The Association for Conflict Resolution's Resolution's 2014 Annual Conference, entitled Many Notes One Symphony, Conflict Engagers in Harmony, will be held October 8-11, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio CLICK HERE

The Straus Institute's East Coast Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution is hosting its 2nd Annual Baltimore, Maryland Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution, March 20-22, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland CLICK HERE

The ABA 16th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference will be held on April 2-5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, Florida CLICK HERE

The ABA Section of Family Law Spring CLE Conference will take place May 7-10, 2014, at the Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda CLICK HERE

The ABA Section of Family Law and Boston Law Collaborative, LLC are hosting an Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute, June 20-22, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts CLICK HERE

The AFCC is also hosting two trainings: The Essentials of Parenting Coordination: Helping High Conflict Parents Resolve Post-Separation Disputes, March 10-11, 2014 CLICK HERE

The Association for Conflict Resolution's Spirituality Section in conjunction with the AFCC, will be holding its 8th retreat July 18- 20, 2014, with a pre-retreat day on July 17th, at the Shambala Mountain Center in Red Feather, Colorado CLICK HERE

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals is hosting the 4th Annual IACP Institute March 27-30, 2014, at the Milan, Marriott, Milan, Italy CLICK HERE

The website mediate.com has a plethora of information by, for, and about mediators and mediation. The site has a comprehensive calendar of mediation trainings CLICK HERE


February 2014

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief Lori Lustberg: As I put the finishing touches on this newsletter, I reflect on the special nature of this day. It is January 20, 2014, the day we collectively pause to remember the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP News (to view articles click here)

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THE 2014 ANNUAL ADFP CONFERENCE Because of natural synergies between our respective professions, ADFP is proud and excited to announce that this year's 2014 ADFP Annual Conference will be held in San Diego in coordination with the annual conference of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators ...(to view entire article click here)

NEW ADFP UNIVERSITY WEBINAR SERIES ADFP is also excited to announce the launch of our new ADFP University Webinar Series, which we expect to occur in February ...(to view entire article click here)

Member News (to view articles click here)

A NOTE ON ADFP CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ADFP now requires that continuing education courses and credits be reported on the ADFP renewal application. ADFP continuing education requirements are included in the ADFP Member Handbook ...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce Finance Related Legal Cases (to view articles click here)

Kenck v. State, Montana Supreme Court, December 31, 2013 For years, Christopher Kenck paid monthly child support to the mother of his child via wage withholding from his U.S. military pay. In March 2008, while Kenck was on active duty in Iraq, the mother requested an increase. In August 2008, while Kenck was on leave in Montana, he went to the local Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) and accepted service of the request ...(to view entire article click here)

Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings (to view articles click here)

The American Bar Association (ABA) will hold its spring conference at The Palms Hotel in South Beach, Miami, Florida, May 15-17, 2014. There is a 15-percent discount for registering by January 23, 2014 CLICK HERE

The ABA Section of Family Law will be hosting a CLE Conference from May 7-10, 2014, in Southampton, Bermuda CLICK HERE

The Financial Planning Association (FPA) is hosting its annual retreat from May 3-5, 2014 in Miami, Florida CLICK HERE

The FPA is holding its 2014 Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington from September 20-22, 2014 CLICK HERE

The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts is holding its 2014 Spring Conference from May 15-17 in Miami, Florida CLICK HERE

The International Association of Collaborative Pracitioners is hosting its 4th annual IACP Institute from March 27-30 in Milan, Italy, featuring ADFP member Cathy Daigle presenting a workshop entitled "For Love of Money: Understanding How Money and Emotions Impact 0ur Collaborative Work" CLICK HERE

Resources (to view articles click here)

Divorce in the Golden Years: Estate Planning, Spousal Support, and Retirement Issues for Clients at Midlife and Beyond CLICK HERE

Lexis Nexis has an extensive online bookstore with ebooks and printed books on all areas of the law. The store is organized so that you can search by practice area (such as family law or alternative dispute resolution) or by jurisdiction. There are up-to-date treatises on family law for most, if not all, states, some of which specifically address financial issues in divorce, such as "California Community Property With Tax Analysis." (Warning: this hefty treatise carries a hefty price tag of $405.00). CLICK HERE

Below is a link to a pdf file of Lexis Nexis' family law offerings: CLICK HERE


January 2014

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief Lori Lustberg: I have been very moved by the life and death of Nelson Mandela and the profound lessons he unwittingly taught us by walking away from 27 years in prison a "free man," in the deepest sense of that term. Bill Clinton once asked ...(to view entire article click here)

New ADFP Logo and Brand Rosemary Frank: The new ADFP logo is fresh and aesthetically pleasing. It embodies all that the ADFP stands for. The arcs imply motion, symbolizing: our own internal change as the divorce finance profession evolves; our added value and impact upon the divorce process; the fusion of diverse financial elements in client cases; and the development of our emerging ...(to view entire article click here)

Member News (to view articles click here)

New ADFP Chapter in Palm Beach County, Florida The founding meeting of the Palm Beach County Chapter of Divorce Professionals of Florida was held on Monday, December 2nd at 5:00pm at Paddy Mac's Irish Pub and Grill in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In attendance were ...(to view entire article click here)

Jerry Cohen Featured on Weekly Radio Program Jerry Cohen, CPA/PFS, CFF, ChFC, CDFA, Director of the ADFP's California chapter, is collaborating with family lawyer and mediator, Lisa Zonder, to provide divorce-related financial tips and answer listener questions on Zonder's weekly talk radio show, "Divorce-Lisa Zonder Style". The goal of the program is to empower ...(to view entire article click here)

Cathy Daigle to Conduct Workshop at Fourth Annual International Collaborative Practitioners' Institute Cathy Daigle, CFP, CDFA, is excited to announce that she will be conducting a one-day workshop at the Fourth Annual IACP Institute, which is taking place ...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce Finance Related Legal Cases (to view articles click here)

ERISA-Governed Retirement Plan Death Benefits MidAmerican Pension and Employee Benefits Plan Administrative Committee v. Cox, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, July 12, 2013. Michael and Kathy Cox were first married in 1997, divorced soon thereafter, remarried and divorced again in 2004. After their second divorce, in September 2004, Michael designated ...(to view entire article click here)

Dischargeability of Divorce Related Debt in Bankruptcy Taylor v. Taylor, United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, December 9, 2013. In 2005, Eloisa and Matthew Taylor divorced in Virginia after 17 years of marriage. As part of their final decree ...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce Finance Related News (to view articles click here)

The North Carolina legislaturepassed a law, effective June 19, 2013 allowing married spouses to enter into an agreement to waive or establish post-separation support and alimony should they get separated or divorced CLICK HERE

On May 10, 2013 Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law an alimony reform bill that goes into effect this month. The Maintenance Act sets forth statutory guidelines and a formula for judges to apply when calculating spousal maintenance awards CLICK HERE

Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings (to view articles click here)

The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts will hold its spring conference at The Palms Hotel in South Beach, Miami, Florida, May 15-17, 2014. There is a 15-percent discount for registering by January 23, 2014 CLICK HERE

The Financial Planning Association is holding its annual retreat on May 3-5, 2014, at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida CLICK HERE

Divorce Mediation Training Associates is holding a 40-hour divorce mediation training at the Wellesley College Club in Wellesley, Massachusetts March 24-26 and April 4-5 CLICK HERE

Resources (to view articles click here)

Business Valuation Law has several divorce-related publications available for order on its website:

Valuing Goodwill in Divorce: A BVR Special Report (PDF Delivery), July 2011
CLICK HERE

Fair Value in Divorce: A BVR Special Report (PDF Delivery), July 2011 CLICK HERE

Business Valuation in Divorce Case Law Compendium (with searchable CD), June 2011 CLICK HERE


December 2013

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I've got the sun in the mornin' and the moon at night." Irving Berlin's expression of gratitude for the ...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce Finance Related Legal Cases ...(to view entire article click here)

Life insurance death benefits: In June, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in Hillman v. Maretta. At issue in that case was a direct conflict between a ...(to view entire article click here)

Alimony reform: This past spring, the Florida legislature passed an alimony reform bill. Among other things, the bill sought to end judges' ...(to view entire article click here)

Alimony v. child support: In September 2012, the Tax Court issued a ruling in Schilling v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue. In that case, Sharon Schilling and her husband were ...(to view entire article click here)

Post-Minority Educational Expenses: On October 4, the Alabama Supreme Court handed down a decision overturning a 1989 case, Ex parte Bayliss, and holding that ...(to view entire article click here)

Resources: ...(to view entire article click here)

Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings: ...(to view entire article click here)


November 2013

Letter from the President So many new projects and new members at the ADFP, it's difficult to put it all in one newsletter! As the ADFP grows, the Board of Directors is taking on new personnel to accommodate that growth at the Board and the committee level. As President of the ADFP, I'm excited to announce our ...(to view entire article click here)

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief In a recent New York Times op-ed entitled Rich People Just Care Less, psychologist and bestselling author Daniel Goleman had this to say about the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots: "I fear the expansion of an entirely different gap, caused by ...(to view entire article click here)

Highlights from the ADFP Conference ADFP President Emeritus Lili A. Vasileff, CFP, CDFA, received the Association's Second Annual Pioneering Award. In her eloquent keynote address, "Reinvent Divorce," Lili spoke movingly about the ...(to view entire article click here)

At the pre-conference ADFP University session Does Divorce Bring out the Personality Disorder in Everyone?, Danette Perry, MBA, MSW, LSW, emphasized that ...(to view entire article click here)

Stephen F. Anderson, CLU, ChFC, CFP gave a thorough presentation on Estate Planning Pitfalls After Divorce. He stressed that ...(to view entire article click here)

Mark T. Neil, Esq discussed the aftermath of the recent United States Supreme Court decision, United States v. Windsor, in his presentation, Post-DOMA for Same-Sex Married and Unmarried Couples ...(to view entire article click here)

Judge Michele Lowrance graciously took time from her very busy schedule as a domestic-relations judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, to speak at the Friday evening cocktail reception. Judge Lowrance talked about ...(to view entire article click here)

Lynn Torre, CFP brought the conference to a close with her engaging discussion, The Reality of Money ...(to view entire article click here)

Highlights from the IDFA Conference Michelle Smith, CFP, CDFA, and Seth Kaplan, CFP, CDFA, CPWA, CFFA, spoke about Tools of the CDFA Trade. Michelle specifically emphasized that ...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce Finance Related Legal Decisions: Dissipation of assets In a recent Florida case, Lopez v. Lopez, husband liquidated ...(to view entire article click here)

Upcoming Trainings The American Bar Association's 11th Annual Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute will be held on ...(to view entire article click here)

The Washington State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section is sponsoring the 21st Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference ...(to view entire article click here)

The Vermont Bar Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners are co-sponsoring a ...(to view entire article click here)


May 2013

Letter from the President The ADFP's professional protocol and standards committee has done a yeoman's job setting up a practical and deployable framework for the divorce financial practitioner. We have defined the differences between members and associate members, the rationale for having different classes of membership, and ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Update. ADFP Member Handbook By now all members should have had the opportunity to review our new ADFP Member Handbook. The response to this Handbook has been overwhelmingly positive, and we plan to ...(to view entire article click here)

Know About Any Good Courses? Help Us spread the Word ADFP has begun putting together a list of courses (e.g. divorce taxation, divorce forensics, testifying as an expert witness, retirement planning, employee benefits, estate planning, negotiation skills) and vendors whose offerings would be ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP News a reminder- the ADFP Newsletter is only a short briefing. Please visit www.DivorceAndFinance.org for more information! ...(to view entire article click here)


March 2013

New ADFP Member Handbook and Updated Membership Policies In the next 2 weeks, ADFP members will be receiving copies of our new ADFP ...(to view entire article click here)

The New Retirement Realities and Divorce Life and Health Advisor By: Lili Vasileff, CFP®, CDFA™ Divorcing after age 50 is different and creates a sense of urgency for planning to survive financially. Most divorcing Boomers nearing retirement age will likely not have enough money to ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP News: Just a reminder- the ADFP Newsletter is only a short briefing. Please visit www.DivorceAndFinance.org for more information! ...(to view entire article click here)

FPA San Francisco
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Membership Renewals - A Friendly Reminder Please send in your membership renewals if you have not already done so. Continue to ...(to view entire article click here)

Next ADFP GNY Chapter Meeting Wed., April 17, 2013 ...(to view entire article click here)

Next Chapter Development Teleconference 4.19.13 1:00PM ET ...(to view entire article click here)

The Center for Mediation & Training BASIC TRAINING IN DIVORCE MEDIATION May 17, 18, 19 and June 1, 2, or ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP CA Chapter Meetings are held in ...(to view entire article click here)

Continuing Education News ADFP Approved as a CPE-Sponsor for Webinars ADFP is pleased to announce that the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) has approved ADFP as a CPE-Sponsor for Group Internet-Based workshops (webinars). This means that, in addition to the Association's ability ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Chapter Development Drive Are you looking for additional support from your peers in the industry but just aren't sure where to turn? Are you looking for a network of professionals to share practice management and marketing ideas ...(to view entire article click here)

Other Divorce News: ...(to view entire article click here)


February 2013

Letter from the President I'm honored to accept the position of President ...(to view entire article click here)

Owning vs. Renting - Which is Better? By: Sandy Voit, Tangible Solutions There is no easy, simple answer. At some point in our lives most ...(to view entire article click here)

Meeting Notes for ADFP Greater Boston Chapter Meeting January 3, 2013 Braving the cold winter weather and post ...(to view entire article click here)

Membership Renewals - A Friendly Reminder Please send in your membership renewals if ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Greater Boston Chapter March Meeting Announcement The ADFP Greater Boston Chapter will hold it's next meeting on March 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm. Our guest speakers present on a variety ...(to view entire article click here)

The Center for Mediation & Training BASIC TRAINING IN DIVORCE MEDIATION 40-HOUR, 5 DAY TRAINING Limited enrollment – 30 students per session ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Tennessee Chapter Meeting A friendly reminder of our upcoming TN Chapter ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Nassau Chapter Meetings are held at the offices of ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP CA Chapter Meetings are held in southern California (Burbank) on the 4th Saturday of July, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. E-mail the Registrar or Chapter Director for ...(to view entire article click here)

Continuing Education News ADFP Approved as a CPE-Sponsor for Webinars ADFP is pleased to announce that the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) has approved ADFP as a CPE-Sponsor for Group Internet-Based workshops (webinars). This means that, in addition to ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Chapter Development Drive Are you looking for additional support from your peers in the industry but just aren't sure where to turn? Are you looking for a network of ...(to view entire article click here)

Other Divorce News: ...(to view entire article click here)

February 2013 - March 2013 Event Calendar: ...(to view entire article click here)


September 2012

10th Annual ADFP Conference: Unlock The Potential.(to view entire article click here)

Conference Specials...(to view entire article click here)

Attention Conference Attendees Interested in Establishing Local Chapters...(to view entire article click here)

Conference Notes...(to view entire article click here)

Food Vouchers: Conference participants will be mailed food...(to view entire article click here)

Online Conference Book: Conference participants will be able to access to the online Conference Book shortly. The conference book will be continuously….(to view entire article click here)

Arrival and Departure Times: Guaranteed check-in is between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.. If you arrive ...(to view entire article click here)

Thursday and Friday Evening Roundtables: If there is sufficient interest, we will be holding roundtables during...(to view entire article click here)

Evenings at The Pub: Interested participants will convene at….(to view entire article click here)

Sign-Up for Ride Sharing at the Registration Desk: There will be a sign-up sheet at the... (to view entire article click here)

Four Free Rounds of Golf: As part of our conference package with the Doral Arrowwood, the hotel is offering attendees 4 free rounds ….(to view entire article click here)

Conference Materials: If there are any conference materials to be shipped to the hotel, please advise in advance the number….(to view entire article click here)

Driving Directions: Please call the hotel directly for driving (914-939-5000) or find them on the hotel website, www.doralarrowwood.com. ….(to view entire article click here)

From Westchester County (White Plains) Airport: Leaving airport take first right onto Rye Lake Avenue. At top of hill (traffic light) turn….(to view entire article click here)

From LaGuardia Airport: Exit airport onto Grand Central Parkway East. Stay in right….(to view entire article click here)

From Kennedy International Airport: Exit airport onto Van Wyck Expressway (Rt. 678) North for approximately 4 miles. Stay to right, follow signs ….(to view entire article click here)

From Newark International Airport: New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) North to George Washington Bridge. Cross Bridge, stay to ….(to view entire article click here)

Additional Conference Information….(to view entire article click here)

Here is some important logistical information for the conference. Please contact Pam at 888-838-7773 or ADFP@DivorceAndFinance.org if you have any questions:

1. The material presented at the conference will not be state or province specific. Some of the content, for example tax presentations, will be U.S. specific, but ….(to view entire article click here)

2. If anyone is interested in room sharing, please let Pam know. We will do our best to help you out. ….(to view entire article click here)

3. Airport Transportation - The most cost-effective way to travel from John F. Kennedy or Laguardia airport to Rye Brook is to take the Red Dot….(to view entire article click here)

4. Continuing education for CFPs: ADFP is an approved provider of continuing education programs for CFPs. Participants who attend both the University and the Conference can earn up to 22 CFP CEU. ….(to view entire article click here)

5. A few people have registered for ADFP University (September 20) and have made hotel reservations starting that same ….(to view entire article click here)

6. Some courses have been added to the ADFP University lineup and some more detailed descriptions have been added. If you would like ….(to view entire article click here)

Conference Education Credits Once again, continuing education credits will be offered for CFP, CPA/EA and CDFA designees who attend our Annual Conference in September….(to view entire article click here)

ADFP University Schedule: Important Notice: Below is a detailed agenda for ADFP University. If you haven't registered for ADFP University, AND you registered as an Early Bird for the conference, you may add ADFP University….(to view entire article click here)

Anatomy of a Tax Return - Peggy Tracy, CFE, CDFA™. This seminar provides a framework to read a tax return for content and investigative ….(to view entire article click here)

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act and Its Impact on Family Law - Amanda S. Trigg, Esq., ….(to view entire article click here)

Build and Grow Your Divorce Practice - Rosemary Frank, MBA, CDFA™. Description to be posted in Conference Book. ….(to view entire article click here)

Critical Divorce Strategies for Families with Special Needs - Mary Anne Elhert, CFP®, Founder, Protected Tomorrows. Statistics show that 20 percent of the U.S. population is affected by ….(to view entire article click here)

Dividing Nonqualified Retirement/Executive Benefits and Military Pensions in a Divorce - Linda Ursin, JD, CLU. Nonqualified retirement benefits and stock options (NSOs and ISOs) can be some of the most valuable ….(to view entire article click here)

Divorce and Estate Planning Issues - Laura Weintraub Beck, Esq., Principal, Cummings and Lockwood LLC. In this course, Laura Beck will cover the ….(to view entire article click here)

Family Law Software Workshop: The Four Horsemen of Alimony Needed - Dan Caine, JD, MBA, President, Family Law Software. As a divorce financial planner, a critical part of your presentation ….(to view entire article click here)

Family Law Software Workshop: Tax-Effected Property Division: Don't Just Talk About It, Do It! - Dan Caine, JD, MBA, President, Family Law Software. Tax-effected property division. People talk a lot ….(to view entire article click here)

Gray Divorce - Lili Vasileff, CFP®, CDFA™. Most divorcing Boomers nearing retirement age will likely ….(to view entire article click here)

How to Divide the Retirement Assets: QDROs, DROs and COAPS - Robert Guarnera, MSPA, FCA, MAAA, EA, CPC, President, Pension Actuaries, Inc. Do you know the difference between a QDRO and a DRO, a separate interest vs. a shared interest Order, death benefits vs. survivor….(to view entire article click here)

Why Long Term Care Insurance is Critical in Divorce Planning - Natalie Karp, CLTC, MBA and Rona Loshak, CLTC, MBA, Karp Loshak LTC Insurance Solutions. Do your clients have adult children they want to ….(to view entire article click here)


Aug 2012

10th Annual Conference: Unlock The Potential….(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Conference Specials….(to view entire article click here)

Attention Conference Attendees Interested in Establishing Local Chapters….(to view entire article click here)

2012 Conference Agenda….(to view entire article click here)

Split Decisions When clients divorce, planners must tread lightly to avoid taking sides. By Donald Jay Korn. A fundamental fact of divorce is that it realigns relationships. When their clients divorce, financial planners must ….(to view entire article click here)

What Does a Divorce Financial Planner Bring to the Table? By Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA™. You entered this profession to make a difference, be challenged, and have a fantastic career. While you have been trundling along day to day doing your normal work with clients, you may have missed an amazing opportunity ….(to view entire article click here)

ADFP News: Just a reminder- the ADFP Newsletter is only a short briefing. Please visit www.DivorceAndFinance.org for more information!

ADFP Tennessee Chapter Meeting The ADFP Tennessee Chapter will be ….(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Members to Participate in International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Annual Forum. Amy L. Whitlatch, CFP®, CDFA™ will be co-presenting a workshop at the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Annual Forum 10/19-10/21 at the Palmer Hilton in Chicago ILL. The idea of "Grand Round for Collaborative Practitioners" is to present a session that models the grand rounds of a….(to view entire article click here)

Continuing Education News ADFP Approved as a CPE-Sponsor for Webinars ADFP is pleased to announce that the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) has approved ADFP as a CPE-Sponsor for Group Internet-Based workshops (webinars). This means that, in addition to the Association's ability to offer CPE credits for live workshops (such as those at our Annual Conference and chapter meetings), we are also able to award CPE credits to….(to view entire article click here)

New ADFP Chapter Development Drive. Are you looking for additional support from your peers in the industry but just aren't sure where to turn? Are you looking for a network of professionals to share practice management and marketing ideas with along with improving your technical expertise? Are you motivated to see….(to view entire article click here)

Request for Case Studies. At last year's annual conference, the final session focused on various challenges with actual divorce cases. The entire audience participated in problem solving the cases and some exceptional solutions were shared that we all learned a great deal from. Due to the popularity of….(to view entire article click here)

ADFP to Co-Sponsor National Meeting of Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Following on the heels of our Annual Conference (September 20-22) the newly formed Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) will be having its Founding Conference in North….(to view entire article click here)

Other Divorce News: ….(to view entire article click here)


July 2012

A CALL TO OFFER YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR EDUCATION: The ADFP encourages all of you, our membership, to suggest ideas for webinars and continuing education ….(to view entire article click here)

2012 Annual Conference Sept 21 & 22 at the Doral Arrowwood Resort ADFP University Sept 20 Content & Early Bird Specials. This year marks the 10th annual conference for the ADFP. It has been an amazing….(to view entire article click here)

ADFP Greater New York Metro

Organizational Meeting for an ADFP Nassau ChapterADFP to Co-Sponsor Nat'l Meeting of Academy of Professional Family Mediators

Organizational Meeting for an ADFP Nassau ChapterADFP to Co-Sponsor Nat'l Meeting of Academy of Professional Family Mediators

ADFP Ohio Chapter Meetings


May 2012

2012 Annual Conference Sept 21 & 22 at the Doral Arrowwood Resort ADFP University Sept 2 Content & Early Bird Specials: This year marks the 10th annual conference for the ADFP. It has been an amazing... (to view entire article click here)

When the 20-Year Ditch Replaces the Seven Year Itch - Dividing Annuities By Ginita Wall, CPA, CFP®, CDFA: Many older clients have purchased variable annuities... (to view entire article click here)

Divorce Financial Planners: Seven CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professionals in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada have joined forces to bring the benefits of financial expertise and financial planning to divorcing couples and their professional advisors... (to view entire article click here)

The Start Over Smart Experience: The Divorce Expo: "Start Over Smart" conference in New York City on March 31 & April 1 was a first class event for the public to... (to view entire article click here)

Northern Greater New York Metro Chapter Meeting May 16th Save the Date! The next meeting of the newly formed Northern Greater New York Metro Chapter will... (to view entire article click here)

New ADFP Chapter Development Drive Are you looking for additional support from your peers in the industry but just aren't sure... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Greater Boston Area Chapter The next ADFP GBA Chapter Meeting The next ADFP Greater Boston Chapter Meeting will be held on Thursday, June... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Greater New York Metro 2012 ADFP GNYM Chapter Meetings will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Benjamin Steak House... (to view entire article click here)

Organizational Meeting for an ADFP Nassau Chapter An Organizational meeting for an ADFP Nassau Chapter is being held June 13 from 8 - 9:30... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP to Co-Sponsor National Meeting of Academy of Professional Family Mediators Following on the heels of our Annual Conference (September 20-22) the newly formed Academy of Professional Family Meddiators (APFM)... (to view entire article click here)

AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce Date: May 10 - May 11, 2012 Location: Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas, NV Recommended CPE Credit: 18 (main), 3 (optional) Pre-Conference: May 09 The 2012 AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce is a comprehensive... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Ohio Chapter Meetings The remaining ADFP OH Chapter Meetings will be: Friday June 1, 2012, Friday August 3, 2012, & Friday November 2, 2012. Generally they take place in Columbus... (to view entire article click here)

Request for Case Studies At last year's annual conference, the final session focused on various challenges with actual divorce cases. The entire... (to view entire article click here)


April 2012

Let's Make a Plan." CFP Board eNewsletter, March 2012: March to Financial Success On the following page: http://www.cfp.net/enewsletter/March2012.html From CFP Board Ambassador JT Hatfield Smith, CFP® Financial Planning for Couples Who Are Not Married... (to view entire article click here)

The New ADFP Greater Boston Area Chapter Meeting Notes: April 5, 2012
The NEW ADFP Greater Boston Area Chapter held it's third meeting at... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Conference News - Save the Date As a follow-up to last month's announcement, this year's annual conference will be held September 20-22 at the Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, New York.  This is the... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Northern Greater New York Metro Chapter The next ADFP NGNYM Chapter Meeting will be Wednesday, May 16th... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Greater New York Metro 2012 ADFP GNYM Chapter Meetings will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Benjamin Steak House... (to view entire article click here)

Organizational Meeting for an ADFP Nassau Chapter An Organizational meeting for an ADFP Nassau Chapter is being held June 13 from 8 - 9:30, at the Marcum, LLP Offices... (to view entire article click here)

Family Law Software Webinar Series: 6-Module Training and Certification Program... (to view entire article click here)

Update from the Education-VP - Many ADFP-CDFA members have been asking for help in reporting... (to view entire article click here)

AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce Date: May 10 - May 11, 2012 Location: Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas, NV Recommended CPE Credit: 18 (main), 3 (optional) Pre-Conference: May 09... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Ohio Chapter Meetings The remaining ADFP OH Chapter Meetings will be: Friday June 1, 2012 and... (to view entire article click here)


March 2012

Divorce Financial Planning is not your "Usual" Financial Planning! by Amy Whitlatch Two recent events have caused me to think more deeply about the difference between Divorce ...(to view entire article click here)

Greater New York February Chapter Meeting Review by Cindy Thompson The Greater New York Chapter of the ADFP's most recent meeting was held ...(to view entire article click here)

ADFP 2012 Conference News - As a follow-up to last month's announcement, this year's annual conference will be held September 20-22 at the Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, New York. This is the ...(to view entire article click here)

New York City is getting its very first Divorce Expo! Start Over Smart: A Modern Divorce Expo-the must attend ...(to view entire article click here)


February 2012 “ADFP Updates”

1. Direct Reporting of CEUs to IDFA. We are delighted to inform you that IDFA will begin processing en masse CEUs for our mutual members who attend our annual conference. We will ...(to view entire article click here)

2. I invite ADFP members who are also FPA members to contribute to their divorce community blog and to contribute articles to their blog site. ADFP/FPA members are invited ...(to view entire article click here)

3. Lili Vasileff, President of the ADFP, is Member of the Advisory Board of Start Over Smart Expo and has secured for free of charge, the ADFP as an exhibitor with our booth at the Expo event. Start Over Smart Divorce Expo is offering exhibitor opportunities to ADFP practitioners based on exclusive geographic territories and you can find out more at www.startoversmartny.com. Tickets are on sale and is a great event for clients to attend as well.

4. Dates have been set for ADFP's 10th Annual Conference, September 20th - 22nd, 2012. Last year our dedicated volunteers created an exciting, informative program that was enjoyed by all. You too can make a difference! We cordially invite you ...(to view entire article click here)

5. The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP) are establishing a relationship to share ...(to view entire article click here)


January 2012

Save the Date! ADFP 10th Annual Conference to be held September 20th – 22nd, 2012...(to view entire article click here)

2012 Board of Directors Elected Lili Vasileff, President, Carl Palatnik, Executive Vice President, Susan Moussi, Treasurer, Amy Whitlatch, VP Membership, Kevin Worthley, VP Education, Andy Samalin, Editor-in-Chief, ADFP News, Mike Bean, VP Chapter Development. At Large: Dan Caine, Jerry Cohen, Bill Donaldson, Cinda Jones, Ken Neumann & Stephanie Maloney...(to view entire article click here)

Carl Palatnik, ADFP Executive VP to speak at Divorce Illinois Meeting. ADFP’s mission and vision, Q & A...(to view entire article click here)

Divorce: You’ve Got to Know When to Fold 'Em Article by Ginita Wall. A bad marriage is like a game of ...(to view entire article click here)

Direct Reporting of CEUs to IDFA We are delighted to inform you that IDFA will begin ...(to view entire article click here)

Markel Cambridge Alliance writes professional liability policies for divorce financial consultants as well as registered investment advisors. They are offering ADFP members a 5% discount on their premiums... (to view entire article click here)


November 2011

ADFP 9th Annual Conference Re-Cap Our ninth annual conference of 2011 entitled “Treat Yourself First – Advance Your Skills was a resounding success. Over 120 attendees from across the US, Canada, and the UK enjoyed.... (to view entire article to click here)

Article About ADFP and This Year's Pioneering Award in Financial Planning Magazine For the past several years, representatives of the financial media have attended and covered our annual conference. Financial Planning Magazine published an article about this year’s Pioneering Award Honorees, Dan Caine and Wendell Smith... (to view entire article go to, http://www.financial-planning.com/news/family-law-software-adfp-pioneer-award-2675268-1.html)

Clients’ divorces pose big risk for advisors. Third-party specialists may be best bet for spouses and their significant advisors... (to view entire article click here)

ADFP Members Jerry Cohen, Cinda Jones and Lili Vasileff Featured Speakers at 2011 FPA Conference... (to view entire article click here)

Inaugural Boston Chapter Meeting – November 10th ... Chris Chen will be hosting the Inaugural Boston Chapter meeting on November 10th...(to view entire article click here)

The ADFP is Now Social! The Association of Divorce Financial Planners is now forming a presence on social media. We have a LinkedIn Account and a Facebook Page...(to view entire article click here)


June 2011

ADFP Working Together with NAPFA and FPA. As part of our efforts to broaden and deepen benefits for our members, we are building strategic affiliations with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). We are pleased to explore meaningful synergies between organizations and will be announcing news as it develops. ....(to view entire article click here)


April 2011

Behavioral Finance and Life Insurance: Emotions play a significant role in life insurance decisions By Justin Reckers and Robert Simon. There is one reason to buy most insurance products: aversion to loss. More specifically, aversion to a substantial loss. Term life insurance is what we call....(to view entire article click here)

Divorce and Property Casualty Insurance By Linda Graef Jones. The process of divorce is often stressful and complicated. It requires each spouse to focus on multiple issues, all of which require the parties to make important and long lasting decisions. One issue that is key, but often left to last or forgotten entirely, is how to properly handle....(to view entire article click here)


February 2011

Upcoming Family Law Software Webinar Series: 6-Module Training and Certification Program ....(to view entire article click here)

News from the ADFP Board: January 28, 2011 By: Lili A. Vasileff, President
The Board of Directors of the ADFP has taken enormous steps to develop solid underpinnings for our organization to become recognized as the leader and voice of the divorce financial planning profession. Toward this end, your Board has approved these key items: ....(to view entire article click here)

Board of Directors Approves New Mission Statement ....(to view entire article click here)

Membership Changes Coming to the ADFP By: Amy Whitlach, CFP®, CDFA™. In following our mission, a group of member volunteers worked diligently over the past 18 months to create specific definitions that were approved by the Board of Directors last November. These definitions, ....(to view entire article click here)

Webinar - ON-LINE MARKETING Focus on LinkedIn February 22, 2011. This webinar is the first of three (3) follow-up ....(to view entire article click here)

Upcoming Marketing Webinars: March 22: How Blogging and April 26: How e-Newsletters ....(to view entire article click here)

Family Law Software Webinar Series - Great News! Two Ways to Complete the Entire Series For those of you who missed Dan Caine's excellent presentation on Real Estate Transactions, we have great news! ....(to view entire article click here)


Additional ADFP News

September 28, 2009

Challenges of Divorce in Today's Economy Another Great Success! Our seventh annual conference was a wonderful first full two-day conference, which drew close to 90 attendees from 14 states. The geographical diversity of representation is a key force in ADFP's growth and push to develop local chapters in every state. California is our newest chapter with a potential for 20 more within this next year. We were very pleased to welcome our international peers from the Netherlands*, whom we will help promote and support the concept and delivery of divorce financial planning services in their country. ....(to view entire article click here)


Why We are Requiring Divorce Financial Planners to Attend Sessions on Practice and Professional Standards We have been working hard putting together materials to help standardize the divorce financial planning process and also to elevate the level of professionalism in the field. We plan on rolling out a beta version of an "ADFP Report" at these sessions. ....(to view entire article click here)


June 11, 2009

New Feature on DivorceAndFinance.org As most of you know, our website www.DivorceAndFinance.org is highly ranked with the search engines for important keyword phrases such as "divorce financial planner" and "divorce financial planning." ....(to view entire article click here)


May 12, 2009

Pauline Tesler & Peggy Thompson Named 2009 Pioneering Award Recipients. The ADFP is proud to announce this year's recipients of its prestigious Pioneering Award: Pauline Tesler and Peggy Thompson, co-founders of the interdisciplinary collaborative divorce method. ....(to view entire article click here)


Join the ADFP!

Interact with Other Divorce Planners and Allied Divorce Professionals in Your Area! Help Start a Local Chapter! Get Involved at the Local Level! Aside from the opportunity to become intimately involved with a professional association whose primary mission is to promote the divorce financial planning profession, ....(to view entire article click here)


Where Does My Money Go?

The ADFP is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit professional association. All Board of Directors members, Chapter Directors and Committee members, including members of the 2008 ADFP Conference Committee, who worked tirelessly to put together our best program ever, operate on a completely voluntary basis. ....(to view entire article click here)


What the ADFP is and What It is Not (An excerpt from a working draft of the ADFP Chapter Organizational Manual)

  • The ADFP is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) association run by its members through a democratically-elected Board of Directors.
  • It is not a business and has no profit motive.
  • We consider the ADFP to be the voice of the profession, including allied divorce professionals supportive of integrating divorce financial planning into the divorce process.
  • We believe a strong unified voice representing our members will help us achieve our mission of making divorce financial planning an integral part of the divorce process.
  • We believe it is essential to operate at both local and national levels.
  • We believe it is essential to embrace allied divorce professionals, welcome them into the association and work cooperatively with other divorce associations or entities.
  • The ADFP is an independent entity and is not affiliated or competing with the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA), the Academy of Financial Divorce Practitioners (AFDP) or any company, school or organization offering divorce financial training or otherwise operating within the field of divorce.
  • We are supportive of the IDFA and AFDP and strongly believe they provide an important and valuable service to the divorce and financial planning communities.
  • Many of our members have earned CDFA designations. We strongly urge similar designees to join and become actively involved in the ADFP, at both local and national levels.

August 3, 2008

Where Should Someone Go If They're Looking For a Financial Pro to Help Them With Their Divorce?

According to this month's Newsweek magazine, the answer is the ADFP website, www.DivorceAndFinance.org, which also features Stacy Francis, Co-Director of Greater New York Metropolitan (GNYM) area chapter. ...(to view entire article click here)