The divorce process is one of the most difficult times a person may go through in their life. It is a time of immense grief, stress and confusion and oftentimes people don’t know where to begin.
For those contemplating divorce, a workshop called Second Saturday is available 3 times a month in the Twin Cities area.
Taking place in Minneapolis, Lakeville and Minnetonka, these workshops are designed to provide both men and women with guidance and education on the legal, financial and emotional/social aspects of divorce. Each month professionals from each of these fields answer questions for attendees and help guide them to a better understanding of the process and how to proceed with next steps that are best for their families.
Lisa Byrne, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who founded the Minnesota program, is a financial presenter for the workshops, focusing on cash flow analysis, budgets and financial statements. She assists with spousal support proposals, asset splits, social security maximization and other issues. Byrne is a part of the program because she understands the importance finance has in every divorce, especially for baby boomers who are the fastest growing demographic for divorce and who don’t have time to make up for financial mistakes.
“I saw a significant need to educate people on the financial and legal aspects of divorce,” she says. “Without the right advice and guidance, you could make costly mistakes.”
Kyle Wermerskirchen is the family attorney who presents at the Saturday program and says, “I really believe in the importance of education prior to beginning the divorce process. Through this workshop we stress the importance of working cooperatively in the process to the extent it is possible.”
The Minnetonka program meets the second Saturday of every month at the Minnetonka Community Center. While the workshops are designed for women, Second Saturday encourages both men and women to attend so that each party receives the same information through the same professionals, hopefully easing the divorce process.
“The experts I work with in these programs are a wonderful group of professionals,” says Byrne. “We work closely together and try to help match people with the right professionals.”
For Byrne, her main goal for Second Saturday is to give women and men the information they need to feel secure in their decisions and understand that what they’re doing is the best course for them.
Find more information at the Second Saturday website.
Sponsored by Second Saturday Twin Cities.