About the Financial Divorce Association
The Financial Divorce Association, founded by Carol Ann Wilson,
has been providing training and certification in the financial,
legal and tax aspects of divorce since 1992. Our Certified
Financial Divorce Specialist Training Program is designed for
financial planners, accountants and attorneys.
What is a Certified Financial Divorce Specialist?
Certified Financial Divorce Specialists is are financial
planners, accountants and attorneys that have been trained in the
financial, legal and tax aspects of divorce by leaders in the field.
Certified Financial Divorce Specialists help divorcing people receive
fair and equitable settlements and use the Family Law software to
To become a Certified Financial Divorce Specialist,
a student must complete an extensive self-study course on the financial,
tax and legal issues in divorce and the Family Law financial planning
software. Students must pass two exams on the material and software,
with a score of 75% or better on each in order to earn their certification.
The CFDS certification is also eligible for 13.5 Continuing Education
credits from the Certified Financial
Planning Board of Standards.
Once students pass the exams, they then become members of the Financial
Divorce Association and receive our marketing package
Members of the Financial Divorce Association are required to submit
20 hours of Continuing Education credit every 2 years to keep their
The first year's membership fee is included in their tuition. After
the first year, membership dues are $75 per year.
Members are subject to the FDA Code of Ethics for Financial Divorce
Specialists. In addition, the Financial Divorce Association has
a stringent policy for dealing with complaints against its members,
ensuring that the public receives the highest quality of services
possible from our members.
How Can a Certified Financial Divorce Specialist
Please download a PDF
BROCHURE explaining how a Financial Divorce Specialist can help.
Then feel free to email
Carol Ann to discuss your specific situation. See carolannwilson.com
for more advice and resources for you.
About Carol Ann Wilson
Carol Ann Wilson, CFDS, is widely recognized as the foremost
expert on marital financial issues and the leader in the field of
divorce financial planning. As a Certified Financial Divorce Specialist,
she has been doing pre-divorce financial consulting since 1985.
In 1993, she founded the Institute for Certified Divorce Planners
in order to train and enlighten attorneys, CPAs and financial professionals
about the financial issues of divorce. She is currently the president
of the Financial Divorce Association, Inc.
Carol Ann is the author of The Financial Guide to Divorce Settlement,
Survival Manual to Divorce, and 40 Tips for Surviving
Your Divorce. She is also co-author of The Survival Manual
for Women in Divorce, The Survival Manual for Men in Divorce,
ABCs of Divorce for Women and The Dollars and Sense of
Divorce. As you can see, she is truly the expert.
Carol Ann also designed software which has been widely used by
lawyers and financial planners to calculate the financial result
of divorce settlements. And she has served as an expert witness
in court for over 120 divorce cases nationwide. She frequently serves
as a keynote speaker and faculty member of high-ranking legal and
financial organizations and has been published in numerous professional
journals such as Newsweek, Money, and Forbes.
She has appeared on the Regis Philbin Show, Geraldo, LifeTime Live,
CNBC Financial News and a multitude of radio programs.