Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Paralegal Haack Named Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Judith L. Haack, a Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle paralegal who focuses on divorce and family law cases, has been designated a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, or CDFA, by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts.

The Durham, North Carolina-based organization granted Haack her certificate on Jan. 11, 2012. According to its Web site, institutedfa.com, Haack is the only law firm paralegal working in McHenry County with a CDFA certificate.

The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts is the premier national organization dedicated to the certification, education and promotion of the use of financial professionals in the divorce arena. Founded in 1993, IDFA provides specialized training to accounting, financial, and legal professionals in the field of pre-divorce financial planning. The organization has certified more than 5,000 professionals in the United States and Canada.

Certification requires a case study and examinations on the financial and legal issues of divorce, advanced financial issues of a divorce, and tax issues of a divorce. Altogether, the designation requires at least 60 hours of work.

According to the organization’s Web site, training focuses on:

  • personal vs. marital property
  • valuing and dividing property
  • retirement assets and pensions
  • spousal and child support
  • splitting the house
  • tax problems and solutions
  • expert witness testimony
  • tax law and financial issues affecting divorce.

Haack has worked for 19 years at Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois. She was interviewed and featured recently in a profile of the Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle divorce team that appeared in Leading Lawyers Magazine.