"Divorce Math 101" Seminar at The Lilac Tree

Cathy Belmonte Newman Helps You With “Divorce Math”

In my last post, I mentioned one of my experts, Cathy Belmonte Newman, who was incredibly helpful in each of my two trials.  Here is an opportunity to let her help you!  She is speaking tomorrow night [Thursday, August 9, 2012]  for The Lilac Tree* in Evanston.

Cathy is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and has a MBA. She will review and discuss the Disclosure Statement** (also known as a Financial Affidavit), one of the MOST important documents in any divorce.  She will then explain how  to approach completing the form, with techniques and tips of 'the trade', as well as how to understand and respond to requests for discovery.  Q&A included.

A divorce attorney, Michael Haber, JD, Family Law Attorney, will also be there.

I asked Cathy to summarize what she did for each of my trials.  This is what she told me:

“For each trial, I prepared a Quicken database of all of your expenses from the source documents (checking and credit cards), I prepared your financial affidavit based on the data from the Quicken database.  In the first trial, I provided projections of future expenses since you were selling your home and moving to a new residence.  

In the second trial I analyzed X’s  expenses so that we could see where he was spending his money and it was also done to refute his statement that he has no money.  For both trials I prepared additional analysis as deemed necessary by the law firm.  The Quicken database is a huge repository of data and was useful to the law firm to quickly segregate data by payee or for a specific time period.  I also provided testimony in depositions and trials.”

In addition to helping you prepare this document for your divorce, the exercise of putting it together gives you a snapshot or update as to how you have been spending your money in the marriage. Very valuable as you go forward in the next phase of your life.

Here are the details for the program.  I plan to be there too!

Date: Thursday, AUGUST 9th   6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost:  $30  Registration Required (you may pay at the door after registering in advance). Partial Scholarships Always Available. Call 847.328.0313 from more information or to register. Pay online at www.thelilactree.org or mail a check to 1123 Emerson Street, Suite 215, Evanston, IL 60201.

*Used in Cook County.  Different forms may be used in  other Illinois counties.

** The Lilac Tree, for those of you who do not know, is an organization devoted to helping women through divorce.  It offers seminars, like this one, workshops, support groups and an attorney referral service.

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    I filed for a divorce in 2003. I had no idea that TWELVE years on, that I would still be in divorce-related litigation. There have been two [each 20 days!] trials, an appellate court decision affirming the original trial decision, numerous other hearings, depositions and more. A second appellate court decision is pending. I write from the woman's point of view. The spouse who stayed home and raised the children, the one who gave up a career. When first married, I worked as a law librarian and do have a law degree but never practiced. Having that law degree has given me insights into the often mysterious ways of the legal system, especially in Cook County. Recently I have reactivated my law license, and became an Enrolled Agent [a license given by the IRS after taking a series of tests]. I currently work for a not-for-profit organization that prepares tax returns for low income clients for free. Please share your experiences or ask me questions. Email me at divorcechicagostyle@gmail.com Follow me on Twitter @DivorceChicagoS for articles and and news about divorce from around the country.

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