Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do you charge for your services?
I offer a 30 minute free consultation to learn about your situation and answer questions. Then you decide if you would like to work with me. I charge an hourly rate.  A retainer is required to begin the process and statements are sent monthly.

2. Do your services replace my attorney or mediator's services?
No, my services are used to support your attorney or mediator. I specialize in educating my clients on the divorce process and preparing complete and accurate monthly budgets and Statement of Net Worth -  the two most important and required documents in the divorce.

3. Why can't my attorney prepare these documents?  
They can but wouldn't you rather have a financial expert prepare the documents that you will use to negotiate with. I will get in the weeds with my five page budget to ensure that all of your expenses are included.  The details of taxes and insurance and will be handled and not left to chance.

4.  What are the advantages of working with a CDFA?  
Hiring a CDFA will help prepare you from a financial standpoint and level the playing field in negotiations.  You will also spend a lot less money versus the hourly rates of most attorneys.  You will also benefit by having increased confidence and clarity by understanding the process.  This will enable you to make better choices from a position of knowledge versus fear and confusion.


Ilene Amiel is NOT a CPA or an attorney.  
She does not provide tax or legal advice.