CDFA™ Designation

The Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, (CDFA™) is a professional certification granted in the United States and Canada by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™ (IDFA™). To attain the right to use the CDFA™(Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™) certification, an individual must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:

Education – Professionals must develop their theoretical understanding and knowledge of the financial aspects of divorce by completing a comprehensive course of study approved by the IDFA™;

Examination – Practitioners must pass a four-part (in the USA) or three-part (in Canada) Certification Examination that tests their understanding and knowledge of the financial aspects of divorce. In addition, the practitioner must demonstrate the practical application of this knowledge in the divorce process;

Experience – Individuals must have a minimum of three years’ experience in a financial or legal capacity prior to earning the right to use the CDFA™ certification mark; and

Ethics – Practitioners agree to abide by a strict code of professional conduct known as the “Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” which sets forth their ethical responsibilities to the public, clients, employers and other professionals. The IDFA™ may perform a background check during this process, and each candidate for CDFA™ certification must disclose any investigations or legal proceedings relating to his or her professional or business conduct.

Individuals who become certified must complete the following ongoing education requirements in order to maintain the right to continue to use the CDFA™ designation:

Continuing Education – Complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of continuing education every two years, that are specifically related to the field of divorce, and

Ethics – Practitioners must voluntarily disclose any public, civil, criminal, or disciplinary actions that may have been taken against them during the past two years as part of the renewal process. If a complaint has been brought against a CDFA™ by another professional or member of the general public, the CDFA™ must be examined and cleared by IDFA’s Ethics Committee to maintain their designation.