Divorce can be one of life’s biggest – and most depleting events. It affects two parts of our life that we hold most sacred. Divorce affects our children and our financial security. There is, however, a way to ease the stress and uncertainty. Having a partner expert helps you navigate the legal and financial quagmire. This is key in securing your rights and diffusing the stress.
My name is Ken Maynard. I am a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and an Ontario Accredited Divorce Mediator and Founder. I empower my clients by advising them throughout the entire process. This enables smarter choices regarding their children and finances. My clients exit the process with confidence in their family’s future.
My education background includes the University of Windsor, Institute for Divorce Financial Analyst, and Richard Shields/ADR Institute of Canada. I bring more than 25 years of experience as a senior business executive to the clients of ODF
New Ways 4 Families Practitioner, Licensed by the High Conflict Institute
BIFF Response, Licensed by the High Conflict Institute
Ontario Divorce Finances: Divorce Financial Specialist, January 2010-Present
Divorce the Smartway: Accredited Family Mediator, January 2010-Present
Prior to founding Divorce the Smartway, Ontario Divorce Financial, Harbour Valuations, I enjoyed a 27-year career as a Financial Analyst, Business Analyst, and as a Real Estate Analyst for various companies. This included project work for BPI Mutual Funds, CI Mutual Funds, GE Capital Commercial Finance, Goldman Sachs, Century 21 of Canada, Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal and Time Warner, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.
Alternate Dispute Resolution – Level I: University of Windsor, October 2010
Alternate Dispute Resolution – Level II: University of Windsor, December 2010
Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts: CDFA Certification, December 2010
Family Mediation: Richard Shields – ADR Institute, February 2011
Collaborative Team Practice Level I: Brain Galbraith and the Divorce Team May 2012
Business valuation and income for support calculations: Cory Smith OFCL, September, 2012
Coping with Bill 133 provincial pensions: Peter Martin, March 2013
Managing High Conflict Personalities: Bill Eddy, May 2013
TV APPEARANCES & SPEAKING
Rogers Community TV – Daytime
Rogers Community TV – Tony Guergis Live
myDivorceBootCamp – Know Before You Go
Four reasons to hire me
I offer my clients the following:
1) I help you save time.
The average length of the Ontario divorce process is 2-3 year(s). Early in the process, both parties spend a great deal of time trying to understand complicated financial aspects and legal terminology. By conducting an early financial analysis, I help clients make smarter decisions throughout the proceedings
2) I help you save money.
Legal settlements can often go back and forth between attorneys. This is both time-consuming and expensive. I educate my clients on all financial ramifications so they know their rights moving forward. A well-informed client can help minimize the negotiations between attorneys, thereby reducing expenses.
3) I help you avoid future financial pitfalls
I can forecast the long-term effects of the divorce settlement, including details of all tax liabilities and benefits. My clients don’t settle their cases based on a snapshot of their current situation. They settle their cases based on a strategic, long-term foundation that serves them throughout their life, including retirement.
As part of this, I help clients understand what divorce “really “costs in the long run. I do this by developing a realistic monthly budget early in the financial analysis process. Expenses such as life insurance, health insurance, and cost of living increases must be taken into consideration before agreeing to any final financial settlement.
4) I help you transition to a fresh start
Many people leave the divorce process second-guessing or regretting decisions they made in their settlement. My clients leave the process with a well-informed understanding of their financial future. They are confident in knowing that they made sound, strategic decisions. By not living with regret, they can transition with the confidence in knowing their settlement plan serves them now and in the future.