Survive Divorce Team

Jason Crowley, CFA, CFP, CDFA

Jason Crowley is a divorce financial strategist, personal finance expert, and entrepreneur.

Having spent over a decade advising divorcing clients, Jason came to the realization that just about everyone facing divorce craves information, inspiration, and community.

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Ross Garcia, CDLP

Ross Garcia is a mortgage industry expert, innovator, and entrepreneur.

Ross has spent 10 years on the front-line of the mortgage industry, providing clients with mortgage solutions for any type of scenario. These solutions have led to the successful funding of over $500M during his tenure. On the issue of divorce, Ross strives to equip his clients with the hardened facts necessary to make informed decisions on how to properly divide real estate.

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Nicole Smith

After breaking free from a miserable marriage to a narcissist and chronic cheater, Nicole shares tales of divorce, co-parenting, dating, and blended families.

Nicole gives honest, raw, non-judgmental advice and support so you can get through divorce unscathed.  After a hellish divorce, Nicole has seen it all and lives to tell the tale. Nicole shares tips, stories, and inspiration to help you see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As Nicole likes to say, "sometimes you have to get through it to get over it."

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Bret Colson

Bret Colson is a journalist with a passion for writing about all things divorce.

Bret's areas of expertise include real estate, insurance, and government programs, just to name a few. Bret brings a first-person perspective to the trials and tribulations of divorce, co-parenting, and relaunching after a long-term marriage.

Bret is no stranger to the spotlight, having served as the official city spokesperson for the municipality of Anaheim for more than a decade.  He was quoted and sourced often by local, regional, and national news media.  This required working closely with government staff, convention and tourism leaders, elected officials, high profile Anaheim businesses, public safety agencies, and other critical stakeholders.

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Karlyn Henry, CFP, CDFA

Karlyn Henry is a divorce financial strategist at Divorce Capital Planning. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Karlyn helps clients make smart financial decisions during divorce. Karlyn has extensive training in Collaborative Divorce and financial mediation.

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Heather Locus, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®

Heather L. Locus, CPA, CFP®, CDFA® leads the National Divorce Practice Group at BDF Private Wealth Management. Heather helps divorcing women and men find the right fit attorney and gives clarity and confidence to end your case at the appropriate time with the BDF SettleSmartSM analysis. Heather and her team can implement your Marital Settlement Agreements and manage your investments to provide the cash flow and growth you need.

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Drew Gurley

Drew Gurley is a Principal at PolicyZip.com, a consumer insurance resource site. Drew is also the Founder of Redbird Advisors, a marketing organization that trains insurance agents and financial advisors on strategies using life insurance as a planning mechanism. He has coordinated thousands of life insurance planning cases and has contributed and been featured in many industry media sources such as Forbes, Insurancenewsnet, Think Advisor, and PropertyCasualty360, and many more. Drew earned his Bachelors Degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Agricultural Economics and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

David Ruegg, Esq.

David Ruegg, Esq. is a recognized QDRO Attorney in his field and his resume includes published articles, testifying in court as a QDRO expert, and presenting to numerous bar association and related family law organizations on QDRO/retirement benefit issues. Mr. Ruegg is the owner of QDRO Division.

Dayn Holstrom, Esq.

Dayn Holstrom a managing partner, certified family law specialist and trial attorney for Holstrom, Block and Parke, providing experienced guidance to clients in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He leads a team of 15 practicing attorneys and more than 30 support staff and has been voted one of the “Best Lawyers” by Inland Empire Magazine, OC Metro Magazine as well as being consistently rated 10 of 10 by Avvo.

Diana Martinez, Esq.

Diana L. Martinez is a family law lawyer practicing exclusively in out-of-court consensual dispute resolution processes, managing the dispute resolution department at Holstrom, Block, & Parke. She is also a local, national, and international lecturer and trainer in mediation and collaborative practices, and frequently volunteers as a panel mediator for Orange, Riverside, and Mono County Superior Courts.

Erin Levine, Esq.

Erin Levine is a Certified Family Law Specialist and the CEO and Founder of Hello Divorce, an online platform offering on-demand, affordable legal help and wellness support. Erin is also owner of Levine Family Law Group, an Oakland law firm specializing in divorce, child custody matters and prenuptial agreements.

John Madden

John Madden is a partner at Moon, Schwartz, and Madden, a valuation consulting firm specializing in assisting individuals, family law attorneys, and their clients in dividing community property interest in retirement benefits. John is a member of the “QDRONES” which is a national organization of attorneys and valuation experts who specialize in issues related to the valuation and division of retirement benefits. John has also been a guest speaker at various family law conferences in Northern and Southern California.

Kim Madigan, Esq.

Kim Madigan is a prominent Bay Area Certified Family Law Specialist and founding partner at Madigan & Lewis, LLP. Ms. Madigan has practiced law since 2002 and family law exclusively since 2006. She is well versed in litigation, mediation, and collaborative divorce cases.

Kristin Holstrom, Esq.

Kristen Holstrom is a family law attorney, the Assistant Managing Partner at Holstrom, Block & Parke, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Kristen specializes in divorce, child custody, support, restraining orders, other related family law issues, and is deeply valued by her clients for her creative legal strategy.

Matt Bogosian, Esq.

Matt Bogosian is a Certified Family Law Specialist practicing family law exclusively in California. He specializes in private mediation and divorce litigation, and is recognized by several professional associations as one of the top attorneys in his field.

Matt Schwartz

Matt Schwartz is a partner at Moon, Schwartz, and Madden, a valuation consulting firm specializing in assisting individuals, family law attorneys, and their clients in dividing community property interest in retirement benefits. Mr. Schwartz is a member of the “QDRONES” which is a national organization of attorneys and valuation experts who specialize in issues related to the valuation and division of retirement benefits. Matt has also been a guest speaker at various family law conferences in Northern and Southern California.

Robert Pollack, Esq.

Robert Pollack is the principal attorney and founder of The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. based in New York. For over 22 years, The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. has been recognized as being the preeminent divorce, family law and divorce mediation law firm in Long Island, NY.

Samantha McBride, Esq.

Samantha McBride is a family law attorney that handles cases throughout Southern California. She specializes in helping families navigate divorce and related legal issues such as child custody and visitation, support, and restraining orders.

Travis Krepelka, Esq.

Travis Krepelka is a Partner at Hoover Krepelka, LLP, Silicon Valley’s largest law firm that exclusively specializes in family law with over 140 years of collective legal experience. Mr. Krepelka serves as Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Family Justice Center Courthouse and has been recognized by the California State Bar Board of Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist, a designation achieved by only about 10% of family law attorneys in California.

James Hoover, Esq.

James Hoover is a Partner at Hoover Krepelka, LLP, Silicon Valley’s largest law firm that exclusively specializes in family law with over 140 years of collective legal experience. Mr. Hoover also serves as Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Family Justice Center Courthouse and has been recognized by the California State Bar Board of Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist.