More than 15 years ago, I found myself thrust into the world of divorce. When I was named defendant and served with a divorce petition, I realized I was at a loss. What followed was a five-year “battle” that convinced me there had to be a better way. The family court systems are designed based on a good guy/bad guy mentality, leading to an expensive, frustrating, lengthy, and unsatisfying process.
That five-year “battle” was also my “school of hard knocks.” I learned a lot of lessons, and learned them well. So much so that, before the ink had dried on my divorce decree in 2004, I found myself coaching family, friends, and friends of friends through their own divorce proceedings. I used my knowledge of the system and process to educate and empower these new clients in a professional and meaningful way. They were strengthened and encouraged, and gained the ability to advocate for themselves in the courtroom and out of it. It was in this practical, personal manner that my divorce coach practice evolved.
My formal education is invaluable as I work with my clients across the mid-Atlantic and New England states. With my experience in accounting and business, I can understand and explain complicated financial scenarios in simple terms. I create spreadsheets that tell stories and clarify information. I will help you develop presentations to promote your viewpoint and support your position. As a knowledgeable negotiator, I can teach you how to communicate and negotiate effectively – even with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. And as a Certified Professional Coach, I will work with you to set goals and strategize for your life and future.
Formal education, however, is only part of the package. Yes, I am operational, practical, and experienced. But beyond that, I bring honesty, integrity, and authenticity to the table, at the exact moment when transparency is what you need the most. I will listen and really hear you. I’m here to work with you as a partner and advocate through a difficult time.
My first client said at first, “I’m not sure what you can do for me.” She quickly changed that to, “I don’t know what I’d do without you.” Another client was asked by her attorney, “Who’s coaching you?”
That’s when I knew that my value in the divorce process was priceless.