“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I started working at 14 years old, part-time at the grocery store as a bagger. Who knew that my first job would have such an impact on my life. There I learned the importance of looking people in the eye, organizing, and the value of hard work. I grew up in a great household with two parents who got married young, were best friends, and had a phenomenal marriage.
With this as a foundation, I thought I was set up for success with regard to life and future marriage.
Career and Life
I attended college in beautiful Southwest Florida, where we had the three “W’s”: the water, the weather, and the way of life. I studied finance and economics at Florida Gulf Coast University and while there met my former wife and mother of my 3 beautiful children. I started my married life starry-eyed, driven to create a great life for my family and myself, armed with the example my parents had set for me with a 37-year plus marriage.
Ultimately, my marriage to my best friend didn’t work out the way I had planned. It was a great journey filled with great life lessons, and did I mention 3 beautiful children, but ultimately that relationship ended in divorce. Before, during, and after my divorce, my former spouse and I sat down at the kitchen table, looked at our lives, and worked on how best to unwind the life we had built together. This was hard… sometimes we were on the same page in our discussions with moving forward with our divorce and sometimes we were not. It took a lot of discussions, reviewing our finances, trying to understand where each other was coming from, and searching for the best solutions for our kids and to make sure the other person would be okay financially.
We were able to go through the divorce process respectfully and peacefully, all while making sure each of us was okay financially, minimally impacting our children, and without unnecessary stress and drama. This experience became a light for a lot of our friends who were considering divorce and not sure the best way to navigate through the process. Somehow my former spouse and I were able to maintain a friendship and show our kids that mommy and daddy are still a family. I started having friends reach out to ask me questions, sharing their most challenging marital challenges and asking for my thoughts around a peaceful divorce process.
My primary profession for the past 16 years has been as a financial advisor, helping people with financial advice ranging from retirement, tax, and investment planning. Who would have known that this background of understanding people’s deep passion around life, their goals, and how to help them get there financially would translate into my helping couples go through a peaceful divorce?
My business partner Amy Colton and I founded Your Divorce Made Simple to help couples navigate one of the hardest emotional and financial decisions of their life. We got tired of watching couples spend thousands of dollars on attorney fees and end up with poor financial and emotional results going through the traditional divorce process.
Your Divorce Made Simple
4501 Jackson Ave
Austin TX 78731