As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) aka a Divorce Financial Specialist and an Ontario Accredited Family Mediator (Acc.FM), I take a facilitative role with my mediation clients.
Before I elaborate on my mediation background, I would like to share with you how my greatest pain in life became my greatest passion.
As a survivor of separation and divorce, I have been through this life-altering event twice over a 25-year span. I can tell you not much has changed in family law over that time. My first separation cost us collectively $120,000 in legal and other professional fees, while taking over 2 years to work through the “system”. I remember my lawyer saying to me “Ken, now that we have the property issues settled, we should address the child custody issues. I will need another $30,000 retainer to get started.”
My second separation and divorce was far more troubling for me as I saw a ‘system’ in disarray, lawyer fees were higher and the courts were jammed beyond capacity. Nothing had improved. It remains a system that often consumes families and leaves them broken and broke.
Where are those Canadian Peacekeepers?
I remember thinking at the time that Canada is known internationally as a nation of peacekeepers, yet our family justice system forces our own citizens and families to go to WAR in family court.
I came away from this horrific experience with a single-minded passion:
I would never want any family to go though what my children and I went though.
That was my first step in a journey that has been very enlightening, rewarding and fulfilling.
My children and I on our first vacation together 6 years after the court actions started and 3 years after my last court appearance.
How I Help Separating - Divorcing Individuals and Couples
The financial ramifications of a divorce can be devastating. However, with proper divorce financial planning and expert help from a professional advisor certified (financial divorce specialists ) in financially equitable divorce settlements, you can increase your chances of arriving at a settlement that fully addresses your long-term financial needs and your spouse’s too. What’s missing in most divorce processes is financial expertise. As a CDFA™, Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) I can help forecast the long-term effects of the settlement. By using a Divorce Financial Specialist, both partners have a clearer view of their financial futures – only then can they approach a settlement that fully addresses the financial needs and capabilities of each.
I help clients determine the short-term and long-term financial impacts of any proposed divorce settlement. I also provide valuable information on financial issues that are related to the divorce, such as tax consequences, dividing pension plans, continued health care coverage, stock option elections and much more.
More About Me
As professional divorce advisor, I bring a wealth of personal and practical experience to my clients, with more than 25 years of experience as a senior business executive. Leading the Divorce the Smartway team, I am committed to guiding and facilitating couples through Divorce the Smartway’s Soft Landing™ mediation process. This unique, step-by-step approach to divorce mediation is a new paradigm, delivering acceptable outcomes for all parties.
I feel my unparalleled financial, negotiation, business experience, family mediation training and CDFA designation, combined with our own innovative Soft Landings process, can help to save clients money, provide clarity to property division, accelerate timelines, reduce emotional chaos and empower each couple faced with separation/divorce.
Ken S. Maynard Acc.FM CDFA
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA)
Accredited Family Mediator, Ontario Association for Family Mediation (Acc.FM)
New Ways 4 Families Practitioner, Licensed by the High Conflict Institute
BIFF Response, Licensed by the High Conflict Institute
Ontario Divorce Finances: Divorce Financial Specialist, January 2010-Present
Divorce the Smartway: Accredited Family Mediator, January 2010-Present
Prior to founding Divorce the Smartway, Ontario Divorce Financial, Harbour Valuations, I enjoyed a 27-year career as a Financial Analyst, Business Analyst, and as a Real Estate Analyst for various companies. This included project work for BPI Mutual Funds, CI Mutual Funds, GE Capital Commercial Finance, Goldman Sachs, Century 21 of Canada, Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal and Time Warner, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young.
Alternate Dispute Resolution – Level I: University of Windsor, October 2010
Alternate Dispute Resolution – Level II: University of Windsor, December 2010
Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts: CDFA Certification, December 2010
Family Mediation: Richard Shields – ADR Institute, February 2011
Collaborative Team Practice Level I: Brain Galbraith and the Divorce Team May 2012
Business valuation and income for support calculations: Cory Smith OFCL, September, 2012
Coping with Bill 133 provincial pensions: Peter Martin, March 2013
Managing High Conflict Personalities: Bill Eddy, May 2013