Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts Announces Judge Kathleen McCarthy as Keynote Speaker for National Conference

NEW ORLEANS, LA. & DURHAM, N.C. -- The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA), the leading advocate for certification and education of financial professionals in the divorce arena, is pleased to formally announce the Hon. Kathleen McCarthy as keynote speaker at the organization’s Divorce Professional’s National Conference May 7-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

To celebrate the strong lineup of presenters such as Judge McCarthy, the IDFA is offering an early online registration discount of $100 off the total conference price through April 23, 2015.

“Judge McCarthy is a well-known circuit court judge who brings unique insight into what factors tend to tip the scales in divorce cases and how to effectively prepare for court, which will be of great interest to our attendees,” IDFA General Manager Jessica Diggs said, adding, “We’re thrilled to have someone with her experience and background add to the educational opportunities available at this exciting Conference.”

Judge McCarthy has served in the Family Division of the Wayne County Circuit Court since her election to the bench in 2000 and currently sits on the court's executive committee. She is a past recipient of the "Judge of the Year Award," presented by DADS of Michigan and MOMS for DADS for her commitment to ensuring that children have frequent access to both parties, and recipient of the 5th Annual "Guardian of Justice Award," presented by ADC of Michigan. In addition, Judge McCarthy is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and has taught around the country for the Institute of Certified Divorce Financial Analysts since 2002.

The IDFA Conference is an annual event attracting financial and legal professionals who either work in or are thinking about working in the divorce arena. Sessions run from basic to advanced, with attendees gaining valuable insight whether an entry level advisor or a partner in a firm. Trending topics will be discussed at length by experts, focusing on the ever-changing rules surrounding divorce settlements which have transformed drastically over the past few years, especially with the legality surrounding same-sex marriage and, subsequently, same-sex divorce.

Additionally, the conference is a great way to network with fellow divorce professionals from around the country, with past attendees reporting they have been able to make connections at the IDFA Conference that they are able to utilize for guidance at a later date.

Conference registrants may use the coupon code SPRING15 when registering online at

Founded in 1993, IDFA provides specialized training to accounting, financial, and legal professionals in the field of pre-divorce financial planning. Over the years, the organization has certified more than 5,000 professionals in the U.S. and Canada as CDFA professionals.

Benefits of getting the CDFA designation include:

- Differentiation your peers. Most of certificants hold the CFP or CPA designation or something similar. Adding the CDFA credential to the resume ensures that they stand out.

- Serving in an every growing niche industry. As unfortunate as it may be, people will always be going through a divorce. Certificants add to their book of business by serving the divorce niche.

- The ability to become an expert. Clients going through a divorce would rather do business with a divorce financial expert over a general financial expert. The CDFA designation proves to clients that certificants received a quality education specifically in divorce and are prepared to handle their settlement.

- The ability to be prepared. Financial professionals more often than not experience clients going through a divorce. With the CDFA designation, they’ll be prepared to help them through the complexities of the divorce process.

The CDFA designation is awarded by IDFA to financial professionals, accountants, or matrimonial lawyers with a minimum of three years' experience who successfully complete a series of self-study course modules and pass an exam for module topics including financial and legal issues of divorce; advanced financial issues of divorce; tax issues of divorce; and working as a CDFA: case studies.

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About IDFA
The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA) is dedicated to the certification, education and promotion of the use of financial professionals in the divorce arena. The IDFA validates candidates who have successfully passed examination to become a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA™), the most established and recognized designation in financial planning for divorce since 1993. The IDFA falls under the umbrella of CertiTrek (formerly The Certification Commission), raising the bar and setting a new standard for certification companies across an array of industry sectors from healthcare and legal practice to IT and financial services. For more information on IDFA visit