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Certified Financial Divorce Practitioner (CFDP)

Searching for CFDP training? Then you've come to the right place! offers certified divorce planner training and certification courses for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious (CFDP) Certified Financial Divorce Practitioner designation.

The Certified Financial Divorce Practitioner (CFDP) designation is the undisputed professional credential for persons who typically assist either spouse of a divorcing couple to understand their options better and the decisions surrounding their financial scenarios.

NOTE: The CFDP designation has been re-worked. The title has been changed and is now known as a Certified Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS). Any mention of CFDP on this page transfers to the new CFDS designation.

The CFDP (currently known as CFDS) designation signifies that a certificant has attained comprehensive knowledge of the following subject matter:

  • Divorce - A Historical Perspective
  • The Financial Affidavit
  • Debt, Credit, & Bankruptcy
  • Retirement/Pension Plans
  • Social Security & Medicare
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
  • Alimony & Related Issues
  • Child Support & Related Issues
  • Dividing the House
  • Dividing the Property
  • Divorce Tax Issues
  • Legal Issues
  • Mediation, An Alternative
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Malpractice Issues
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Code of Ethics


The CFDP (now CFDS) designation is a self-study program that includes:

  • One 500+ page binder covering the subject matter above
  • "Family Law Software" program (two months free usage) - this software will assist you in determining financial results when calculating "what if" scenarios such as: who keeps the house, who receives the 401(k), who assumes the visa card balance, etc.

Examination Requirements

To earn the designation, candidates must successfully complete one case study (submitted via email for grading) plus one test (taken online in the comfort of your home or office) within a one-year period of time. Most designees successfully complete the course in approximately three months!

Additional Requirements

Candidates are not required to meet experience or education prerequisites to attain this designation.

Continuing Education Requirements

There are no continuing education requirements.

Recommended Courses and Available Training Options offers a self-study format for earning the CFDP (CFDS) designation.

Simply select either of the recommended courses below, or search under "Certifications/Designations" in the search box thereafter for "CFDS - Certified Financial Divorce Specialist".

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