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Discover curated resources that can help answer your questions about separation and divorce in Canada. You’ll find articles, checklists and worksheets to help you gain clarity about your situation and priorities during the divorce process.

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  • 07/05/2018
    The financial ramifications of a divorce can be devastating. But, with proper planning and expert help from professionals specializing in financially equitable divorce settlements, you can increase your chances of arriving at a settlement that fully addresses your long-term financial needs—and that of your spouse.
  • 07/06/2018
    IDFA provides answers to some of the most common questions regarding separation and divorce.
  • 07/06/2018
    A collection of links and resources to help you through the separation and divorce process.
  • 07/06/2018
    More often than not, the standard of living of both spouses drops in the first few years after divorce. Why? Because the same cumulative income and pool of assets now has to support two households instead of one. Unfortunately, most people do not prepare themselves financially or emotionally for that consequence. So what can you do to better prepare yourself for this inevitability? The answer is simple, but it’s not easy to put into practice.
  • 07/06/2018
    When contemplating divorce, most people put themselves under undue stress worrying about their financial well-being. Much of that stress is due to the fear of the unknown. So what do you do about it? Before, during, or after a divorce, it is important to keep yourself in reality as to your financial situation. Doing so will give you a sense of control over your life, which will reduce your stress level.
  • 07/06/2018
    During your separation, you need sound financial advice to ensure the settlement is fair to both parties; afterwards, you’ll probably need help adjusting to your new circumstances and planning for a secure future. Here’s an introduction to some of the financial professionals you may need—along with some suggestions of how to find and work with them.
  • 07/06/2018
    According to a recent survey of 191 CDFA professionals from across North America, the three leading causes of divorce are "basic incompatibility" (43%), "infidelity" (28%), and "money issues" (22%). "Emotional and/or physical abuse" lagged far behind (5.8%), and "parenting issues/arguments" and "addiction and/or alcoholism issues" received only .5% each.
  • 07/06/2018
    Before you hire a lawyer to represent you in your divorce, you need to learn this important truth: you and your lawyer will become partners, for better or for worse, during and perhaps for years after the divorce process. And how well your partnership works can have an enormous affect upon the process and outcome of your divorce—and how much you’ll have to spend in legal fees along the way.
  • 07/06/2018
    Here are two topics you’d probably rather not think about: divorce and taxes. If you’re separated or newly divorced, however, it could be worth your while to get some good financial advice about both.
  • 07/06/2018
    Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professionals offer their best tips to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes made by separating couples.
  • 07/06/2018
    ​If you're thinking of taking the plunge for the second time, you should consider whether you need the protection of a marriage contract. A marriage contract is an agreement signed before or after a wedding that provides a private and custom-made set of rules for dividing the couple's property should they separate and divorce or die.
  • 07/06/2018
    Top five reasons for hiring a CDFA® professional during the divorce process
  • 07/06/2018
    Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the common financial pitfalls of divorce.
  • 07/06/2018
    During the course of your marriage, you accumulated both assets and liabilities. Although there are regional differences when it comes to who gets what, basically, everything purchased, received, or saved during your marriage must be divided when you divorce. So now you’re about to sit down and negotiate a financial settlement with your ex-spouse—but are you truly ready to do so?
  • 07/06/2018
    Many couples face financial uncertainty after they divorce. This is often the result of using the same income to pay expenses to operate two households instead of one. In this post we discuss tips to help avoid making disastrous mistakes during divorce
  • 07/06/2018
    What do those letters that follow the names of financial experts mean? During your separation, you need sound financial advice to ensure the settlement is fair to both parties; afterwards, you’ll probably need help adjusting to your new circumstances and planning for a secure future. Here’s an introduction to some of the financial professionals you may need.
  • 10/17/2013
    People at the beginning of the divorce process now recognize that the financial issues they’re facing are as important as the legal ones—and many of them are now seeking financial advice about their situation before they enter a lawyer’s office

Checklists and Worksheets

  • Worksheet: My Priorities
    Complete this worksheet to help you discover your needs and priorities.
  • Checklist: Getting Organized
    Use this checklist to help you stay organized as you compile your financial documents.
  • Worksheet: To-Do List
    Use this worksheet to help you stay organized through the process.