In 2005, Nicole was going through a divorce. She found, even in her position within the financial industry, that she did not have the resources necessary to make the financial decisions inherent in the divorce process. Her attorney knew the law, but Nicole was not getting expert guidance on the financial aspects. Nicole found she was not alone. Many people she
spoke with had faced the same dilemma in their own divorces. At that point Nicole decided to pursue the Certified Financial Divorce Practitioner® certification in order to guide clients through the divorce process and help them plan for their new lives.
In 2009, Nicole became a Certified Divorce Mediator. Nicole has enjoyed helping couples going through divorce take ownership of the process and make decisions that work for their situation. She facilitates conversations regarding not only the financial decisions of divorce, but also joint parenting agreements. Clients are able to take the agreement generated from the mediation, called the Memorandum of Understanding, to their attorneys to review and process. Nicole provides a low-cost and empowering alternative to traditional divorce litigation.
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The New Year is a perfect time to reassess the previous year and set new goals. These resolutions are not to eat better or drink less; these will help you become the person you deserve to be.
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In mediation, a neutral third party, chosen by the parties, facilitates conversations that address all issues of divorce. Mediation is non-binding unless a mutually agreeable settlement is reached. Unlike litigation, the parties, not a judge, control the outcome. This can have great appeal to couples that want creative solutions pertaining to their particular needs. Also appealing is the proceedings are private and are not a matter of public record. This is again in contrast to litigation, which is public.
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