** Denotes Collaboratively Trained Professional
Leigh Bivings, Ph.D., CFP ® is the founder of Artemis Financial Advisors and is a Certified Divorce Financial Advisor (CDFA), trained specifically in the financial issues of divorce. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of divorce with her knowledge of investments, financial planning, and Massachusetts divorce laws.
Leigh focuses her work on supporting clients and their attorneys to fully analyze the short- and long-term financial implications of divorce settlement proposals, and provide solutions to complicated settlement issues such as stock options and valuing closely-held businesses. Post-divorce, she helps clients transition successfully to an independent life by assisting with long-term financial planning, general financial education, and investment management.
Leigh has a Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University, an M.A. in International Trade and Finance from the University of Sussex, and an A.B. in International Relations from Pomona College. She has received a variety of awards, most notably the AAEA National Prize for Most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in 1993.
Leigh is very active in the community and currently serves on the Board of YWCA Boston and is also active in the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She is a member of the Boston Economic Club, Boston Estate Planning Council, Financial Planning Association, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and the Association of Divorce Financial Planners.
Chris Chen supports families in conflict and their mediators and lawyers with expert advice as a financial neutral, an adviser for one the parties, or as a co-mediator.
People who have gone through divorce often find that a better understanding of their financial context may have helped them plan and negotiate outcomes that may have fitted their interests and situations better.
Chris helps families and individuals:
– think financially, not emotionally
– understand the financial impact of settlement possibilities
– craft creative proposals that are fair to both parties
Chris helps mediators:
– by enabling the parties to provide Informed Consent
– with support for the less knowledgeable or powerful spouse
– explore the impact of taxes on scenarios
Chris helps all parties involved with subject matter expertise on
– retirement plan evaluation
– executive compensation issues
– planning for difficult issues such as college financial aid planning
Chris is a CFP practitioner, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, a collaborative law financial neutral, and a trained Mediator.
Barbara C. Attardo CFP®, AEP®, CDFA™, Partner
Barbara is a Partner at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting with over 25 years of experience servicing the financial needs of her clients. Barbara compassionately assists individuals and couples to successfully navigate the financial challenges of divorce.
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® and key member of the team working with the client and their attorney or mediator, Barbara focuses on the specific goals of the client, setting realistic expectations and their short and long term financial security for the best possible outcome. Barbara commits the time necessary to educate the client to make sure they understand all areas of their financial life and to illustrate the long term consequences of their options, both pre-tax and post-tax. Barbara works hard to take the fear and confusion out of the process by leveling the playing field and empowering the client with knowledge and understanding so they are able to make the best possible decisions for the overall well-being of themselves and their family.
Barbara earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Boston College where she graduated summa cum laude. Barbara received a Financial Planning Certification from Boston University and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, as well as the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® certification. Barbara was honored as a Five Star Wealth Manager in 2017 by Boston Magazine.
Darlene Dahl, CPA/PFS, AEP®, CDFA™, Managing Director**
Darlene has provided divorce consulting services to clients and their attorneys for over a decade, is a collaboratively trained financial neutral, and has completed mediation training .
As a CPA with accounting, tax, and financial planning experience spanning more than 20 years and as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Darlene is adept in helping individuals and couples contemplating or going through divorce realize that they have difficult financial decisions to make rather than battles to be fought. By helping her clients understand the long-term financial and tax implications of their settlement options, they gain the confidence to make timely and informed decisions based on their shared values and goals instead of emotion. Darlene provides her clients with peace of mind by illustrating what their financial life will look like after divorce.
In addition to helping clients implement their settlement agreements and successfully transition into their new financial life through post-divorce financial planning and investment advisory services, Darlene serves wealthy, multi-generational families in Daintree’s Family Office group.
Lauren N. Desforge CFP®, CPA/PFS, AEP®, CDFA™, Managing Director**
Lauren Desforge is a Managing Director at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting with over 25 years of experience providing individuals and families with comprehensive planning and investment management services.
Lauren is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ who assists individuals and couples with the financial aspects of divorce to maximize their financial resources and enhance their financial well-being. She helps clients understand their current financial picture, advises on complicated settlement issues, and analyzes the pros and cons of different settlement proposals enabling clients to choose the best settlement options for themselves and their family. Through education and working together with the client and their attorney or mediator, Lauren helps clients set realistic expectations, make informed decisions, and gain peace of mind.
As an experienced CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a CPA, Lauren helps post-divorce clients transition to their new financial lives with financial planning, investment management, and tax planning services offered through Daintree Advisors LLC, an independent, fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm.
Additionally, Lauren holds the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and is a collaboratively trained financial neutral. She has received the Five Star Wealth Manager recognition. Lauren is active in the Boston Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. She is also a member of her church’s finance council and is a coach for Budget Buddies, an organization that teaches low-income women core money-management skills to help gain their financial independence.
Mary M. Shahian MBA, M.Ed, ChFC, CFP®, CDFA™, Partner
Mary is a Partner at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting. She has extensive experience working with women in transition and over 20 years of experience in providing comprehensive investment management and financial planning services.
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Mary works with clients, attorneys, and mediators to understand financial issues and strategize creative financial options that maximize resources and enhance family financial well-being. As a result of her background in education, Mary particularly enjoys educating clients and giving them the confidence to make good financial decisions both during the divorce process and as they plan for their new financial future.
Mary was recently honored by being named a Five Star Wealth Manager for the second consecutive year by Boston Magazine.
Daintree Advisors is a fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm.
Rick is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ who helps clients, attorneys and mediators fully understand the
financial implications surrounding the division of assets. As a Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner (CFP®) Rick specializes in helping clients plan for retirement, create a proper investment plan, save for college, and protect their assets from a catastrophe. He also has expertise in financial issues specific to women and women in transition.
Rick also specializes in helping women post-divorce getting their life back on track to achieve the goals that are important to them.
Rick serves as a liaison to the Dana-Farber Pro Bono Coaching Program. This initiative helps patients struggling with the financial burdens they are facing while battling cancer. To date, over 400 families have been helped.
Janet Rhodes Friedman, CFP®, CDFA™, MBA is a Financial Planner and Investment Advisor with Abaris Financial Group, LLC, an SEC-registered firm specializing in comprehensive Fee-Only financial planning and investment management. She is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA ™) and has been licensed as a Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP ™) since 1996.
Key areas of expertise are divorce financial planning, investment management, retirement planning, college funding strategies and financial literacy. She works with individuals during the complex process of divorce, addressing the financial and tax implications of various settlement options – and provides clear and holistic guidance to enable her clients to successfully move forward with their lives post-divorce.
She received her A.B. in Management Science cum laude from Duke University and her M.B.A. from The Tuck School at Dartmouth. Prior experience includes various roles at Fidelity Investments, Insight Experience, KPMG and First Atlanta (Wells Fargo). She is a member of Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP), Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA), National Association of Personal Financial Planners (NAPFA), Financial Planning Association (FPA), and National College Advocacy Group (NCAG). She has held leadership roles in a variety of community non-profit organizations for the past 17 years.
David Goodman helps people and businesses get answers to their financial questions and find solutions in family law and civil matters. Specific areas of expertise include: restaurants, construction-related business, dental practices and professional service firms. A complete list can be found on our website at http://www.gbj-bestcpa.com
David is credentialed in Business Valuation and Forensic Accounting. He has completed the basic training and attended advanced training in collaborative practice. He regularly works as a financial neutral and in litigation support. As a CPA engaged in a tax practice as well, he can assist with complex tax issues related to divorce.
Gosule, Butkus & Jesson is a full-service accounting firm servicing Eastern Massachusetts.
Carol is a principal with Wingate Wealth Advisors. She is an accomplished financial advisor who specializes in creating financial solutions for women. With more than 25 years experience, she accomplishes this through comprehensive financial planning, objective investment management and partnering with other specialists as needed to ensure a cohesive, long term plan.
After working closely with her clients to develop a customized strategy to allow them every opportunity to reach their goals, Carol remains actively involved to ensure her clients have consistent support for their everyday needs. She has helped hundreds of women overcome the often complex financial challenges posed by life changing events such as divorce, retirement, elder care and the loss of a spouse. Carol’s goal is to empower women during their transitions and beyond.
In addition to being a Certified Financial Planner® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, she has been honored by her colleagues and clients with Five Star Wealth Manager recognition.
Ellen has been a loan officer in residential lending for the past 31 years. Her diverse knowledge of the mortgage market aid Ellen in understanding her clients’ needs and what the best mortgage products are to fit these needs. She has worked with a diverse group of clients over the years, from first-time home- buyers to complicated borrowers with significant wealth and unique situations. Her experience and knowledge of the mortgage industry enable her to give the best options to her clients.
Ellen is a member and on the board of the Divorce Center. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and has been collaboratively trained. She is experienced in working with divorced couples and those in process of divorcing. She recognizes that each couples situation is unique and requires knowledge and sensitivity to come up with the best mortgage options and solutions that their divorce requires. Ellen is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s Affiliate Committee. Ellen lives in Newton, where she is on the Historical Commission and a member of Historic Newton.
Susan Miller is a Principal with Aurora Financial Advisors, LLC. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in Economics, is a Certified Public Account (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), and is a trained mediator. Susan has been providing investment advice, financial planning and tax strategies to individuals and small businesses for over 20 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.
Susan works extensively with lawyers, mediators and clients to address financial issues that arise in the divorce process. Susan provides a wide variety of financial planning assistance for individuals and couples involved in divorce. Typical issues addressed include cash flow and budgeting analysis, tax-efficient child support and alimony payments, dependency exemption determination, division of retirement and non-retirement assets – including marital home, education funding analysis future net worth projections of impact of proposed settlements on both spouses. Additional complex tax issues may include stock compensation valuation and division, alimony recapture, and impact of Alternative Minimum Tax.
Aurora Financial Advisors, LLC (AFA) is an independent, fee-only Registered Investment Advisory Firm, specializing in creating individualized financial, investment and tax strategies for individuals, including those contemplating life transitions such as divorce and retirement.
Kristin works with individuals who find themselves going through life’s transitions. She helps her clients to define what their financial goals and objectives are and develop a plan to accomplish their goals. Her clients describe her as objective, knowledgeable and most importantly, trustworthy and caring.
Diane is Principal of Solutions For Divorce LLC, an independent, fee-only divorce financial planning firm serving the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and the Metrowest/ Greater Boston areas. She is an experienced Financial Planner, a collaboratively trained Financial Neutral, a trained Mediator and an Investment Advisor Representative.
Diane is the past President and former Board Member of The Divorce Center, Inc. Currently, she serves on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts. She is also the ‘resident’ CDFA for the non-profit, North Shore Community Mediation Center in Beverly, MA.
Knowledge is power and nowhere is this more evident than in divorce. Diane is passionate about educating her clients on all aspects of their financial situation so all parties have the same level of knowledge needed to make informed decisions. As a divorced, single mom of two adult daughters, Diane knows first hand what her clients are going through, which enables her to provide her clients with realistic settlement options based on her 25 years of work and life experiences.
Diane’s ability to empathize and relate to the challenges divorcing couples face in today’s economic environment gives her clients the peace of mind and feeling of empowerment they need during this difficult time. Understanding their fears, concerns, needs and goals is at the forefront of Diane’s practice.
Finally, Diane is able to help people complete the transition from married life to single life by providing post-divorce financial planning and advisory services.
Tom is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and fee-only financial planner, guiding his clients through the financial complexities of divorce. He is also a trained Divorce Mediator. He works closely with his clients to gather all relevant financial data, analyze settlement scenarios and their tax and long-term lifestyle implications, and present this information to clients with simplicity and clarity.
This holistic approach ensures that many other factors are considered in the planning process, including college funding, insurance needs, budgeting post-divorce, investing, retirement, and long-term care.
During his career as a Financial Advisor for a large brokerage house, Tom was struck by the particular financial hurdles which divorcing clients face and decided to specialize in the area of divorce planning. His own divorce experience makes him committed to exploring practical resolutions which are in the client’s best interest.
Tom graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology and Social Relations. He has completed the Financial Planning program at Boston University. He is a past Treasurer of The Divorce Center and is a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, Financial Planning Association, and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
Senes & Chwalek offers investments, portfolio management, retirement planning, college planning and insurance to help individuals, families and business owners achieve their financial goals. Our offices are in Harvard and Concord.
Renee is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), a financial neutral and a trained mediator. She specializes in working with clients, their attorneys or mediators through all phases of the divorce process to help them gather and compile financial information, compare and contrast scenarios of possible settlements, and grasp the impact of the various options both now and for their future well-being. Having gone through a divorce herself, Renee’s desire is to help her clients understand and manage the financial issues so they can look forward to a stable future and comfort and competence dealing with money.
A frequent lecturer, Renee covers topics including:
- Maximizing Social Security
- Money and Divorce
- Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners
- Powerful Retirement Strategies for Women
- Divorce Matters
Renee is an active member of her community serving on the Board of the Divorce Center, and the Steering Committees of the Women’s Business Network and MWCoC Professional Women’s Network. She is a consultant to the Special Educational Surrogate Parent Program.
A former teacher, Renee enjoys educating her clients and encouraging them to be active participants in their financial futures.
Securities and investment advisory services offered through Voya Financial Advisors, member SIPC Senes & Chwalek Financial Advisors is not a subsidiary of nor controlled by Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.
Barbara Shapiro is president of HMS Financial Group, a full-service investment and financial planning firm. Currently, she serves as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA) and is a former treasurer of The Divorce Center.
She co-authored the book “He Said, She Said” with her late husband, Herb. She has developed and taught courses on financial planning and investments. She has lectured nationally on divorce financial analysis, investing, long-term care insurance, and divorce planning. Barbara’s expertise on women and finance has been seen on New England Cable News’ “Business Day” program, as well as Fox TV News. As a highly respected professional in her field, Barbara has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and written articles for Kiplinger, Market Watch, ThinkAdvisor and The American Journal of Family Law which can all be found on her website.
Barbara’s degrees include Master of Education in Counseling, Master of Education in Moderate Special Needs with an additional Severe Special Need Certification and Master of Science in Finance. She also recently received her CeFT certification, which specifically helps people going through transition.
Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Barbara Shapiro, a Massachusetts Registered Investment Advisor. Barbara Shapiro, HMS Financial Group and Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. are separate entities.
Lauren Toli follows a simple guiding principle when working with clients: she won’t give anyone advice that she wouldn’t give to her own family. Her motivation is to help people weather the “crisis” and create a financial stability.
Kim helps families navigate the often complex divorce process in a more productive way. Through compassion, financial savvy, and a deep commitment to mediation, she strives to preserve each party’s emotional and financial integrity for life going forward.
Kim’s MBA, CDFA™, and business experience provides her with the financial expertise to help you navigate the financial maze divorce presents. She can translate these complex decisions into plain terms, allowing each party to fully understand the options available. With years of extensive training and staying current on developments in family law, divorce financial analysis, and mediation, Kim brings a wealth of experience and a good dose of common sense to this often emotional and stressful time of life.
Kim appreciates how difficult separating a family can be – being divorced herself – but she also brings optimism to the process having seen people survive and flourish after working together through mediation. When each parent can focus on what matters for them, each other, and their family, the sound decisions resulting from mediation enable everyone to build a better emotional and financial foundation for the future.
** Denotes Collaboratively Trained Professional