Lawyer and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

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After working in the divorce industry, Melanie Johnson, a divorce financial planner, and Sarah K. Brandon, a lawyer, saw a need to educate women going through a divorce. In 2006, they organized a monthly workshop called Second Saturday to provide unbiased information about the major financial, legal and emotional pitfalls many women encounter during the process. Johnson and Brandon work with a team of lawyers, therapists and financial planners to cover topics like supporting your children through unfamiliar experiences, understanding legal challenges and understanding financial fundamentals. The program was so successful that the Women’s Institute for Financial Education (, the oldest and most trusted non-profit devoted to women’s financial education, expanded it throughout the country in 2014. The workshop is held the second Saturday of every month at Riverbend Church in building 5B.


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