The Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ®

The Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) designation is issued by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™ (IDFA™), a national organization dedicated to the certification, education, and promotion of the use of financial professionals in the divorce arena.

  • Founded in 1993, IDFA™ provides specialized training to accounting, financial, and legal professionals in the field of Divorce financial planning. The CDFA® designation is available to individuals who have a minimum of two years of Experience as a financial professional, accountant, or family lawyer.
  • To acquire the designation, candidates must successfully pass all exams and be in good standing with their broker-dealer (if applicable) and the
    FINRA/SEC or other licensing or regulatory agency.
  • To earn the designation, the participant must complete a series of self-study course modules and pass an examination for each module. The American module topics are:
  • Financial and legal issues of divorce
  • Advanced financial issues of divorce
  • Tax issues of divorce
  • Working as a CDFA®: case studies
  • To retain the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® designation, a CDFA® must obtain twenty hours of continuing education (CD) every two years (ten of which must be divorce-related), remain in good standing with the IDFA™, and keep his/her dues current.

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