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About wendy

Wendy W. Spencer, CFP, CDFA is a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and a family law mediator who helps divorcing individuals, couples, and families to review and obtain more sensible settlement options. Ms. Spencer also helps these families to resolve their differences through mediation and/or participation in the collaborative divorce process. For the convenience of clients throughout the Denver metro area, Ms. Spencer has two offices – one in Arvada and one in Southeast Denver.

Remember the Pets?

The beloved family dogs or cats are often overlooked in a divorce. I think it is really important to address the family pets upfront in mediation or during the divorce. Couples are often focused on the emotions of divorce, deciding … Continue reading

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The Deadbeat Spouse – Is It Always the Man?

During my mediation career, I have seen many men who were supposed to be deadbeats. Some had pretty much given up looking for jobs or working in their businesses. Sometimes they truly were the drunks or loafers. Some engaged in … Continue reading

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Remember the Pets!

The beloved family dogs or cats are often overlooked in a divorce. I think it is really important to address the family pets upfront in mediation or during the divorce. Couples are often focused on the emotions of divorce, deciding … Continue reading

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Men are Always at Fault, Right?

In a divorce, one party often portrays their spouse as a villain. This stereotype has continued, and even grown over the years and even though many women have jobs, knowledge, access to information, and are empowered much more than in … Continue reading

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Don’t Sacrifice Your Future – Part 2

When looking at a divorce settlement, the entire package should be reviewed as a whole, because all too often, the different parts affect each other. One of these parts is the parenting plan. People tell me “we want to share … Continue reading

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Don’t Sacrifice Your Future – Part One

The month of April is known to most Americans as “tax month”. In honor of this dubious distinction, I thought discussing some of the various divorce tax traps and issues would be useful to my readers. Have you heard the … Continue reading

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Just When You Think It is Safe To …

No, this is not the movie “Jaws.” However, it can be just as scary when it is getting close to the divorce becoming final. Being on the end stretch of the road to divorce does not mean that the track … Continue reading

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5 biggest divorce mistakes financially

Check out my story about divorce mistakes on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1BShBhA.

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Divorce – Not a Bed of Roses But Doesn’t Need to Be the War of Roses

Do you remember the movie, “The War of the Roses”? Danny De Vito was the divorce attorney, who, while advising his client, told the client about the Roses and how their divorce descended into a downward spiral, culminating in a … Continue reading

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Lonely Hearts Club – Automatic Enrollment For Those Over Age 50?

Some years ago, I remember hearing that women were more likely to be killed in an airplane crash (or other any other forgettable but statistically unlikely event) than they were to remarry after age 50. Wasn’t that an uplifting and … Continue reading

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