Stay at home mom/RN
I was separated and working with a lawyer who really didn't seem to be able to answer any of the financial questions I had and didn't seem to have any financial questions for me either. It made me pretty nervous. An avid researcher, I knew there had to be someone out there who was addressing the financial implications of women in divorce so I asked the lawyer that very question. She mumbled something about Certified Divorce Financial Analysts and I scribbled it down. When I got home, I got to work. Somehow, I stumbled onto Bonnie's name and phone number and I have to say, it was, without a doubt, one of the best phone calls I have ever made in my life. After a few minutes on the phone, I knew she was the one I wanted to work with and that my husband and I had the best chance of having a mutually financially safe outcome with Bonnie. We contracted to work with Bonnie and despite her best efforts and lots of scenarios with lots of numbers and projected real outcomes, he was unable to commit to one. Every effort was made to limit the expensive legal route with all the baggage it brings with it but in the end, that's where we went. Bonnie continued to be a calm, solid advocate for me in an area I had little participation in during my marriage.
After 3 less than helpful attorneys, Bonnie recommended the attorney who saw me through the divorce. I insisted that we ask the opposing attorney and mediation group to allow Bonnie to attend mediation with me and thankfully, it was allowed. Bonnie was as prepared as always with lots of numbers and financial information and there were several times during mediation that she was schooling the attorneys and the mediating judge on financial outcomes they were encouraging me to take that were not in my best interest. I looked to her for advice throughout and I know, without a doubt, I would not be as financially secure as I am without her having been there to make things easier for me to understand and therefore make informed decisions. I can't even convey the depth of my gratitude and respect for what she did for me and how utterly professional she was while doing it. She advocated for both of us during our contracted time and even went over our paid for hours to try to get us to a settlement without the legal chaos. Her partiality lies only with the numbers that make both parties financially safe and secure. While our final outcome did achieve that, it was a far more painful process than I or Bonnie wanted. I have many friends who are less than financially stable following divorce because they were bullied into accepting something that wasn't fair or they just walked away rather than engage in an area they knew little about and felt an equitable outcome was hopeless. I wish every woman could have the kind of support and educational guidance Bonnie provided for me during one of the most difficult times of my life. I am forever grateful and can't recommend her highly enough.
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