About Divorce Resource Centre of Colorado
Divorce Resource Centre of Colorado was founded in response to the need to change the way in which our society divorces. We envision divorce to be a process that does not end with a Decree, but one that is a catalyst for change that leads to new beginnings. Our goal is to provide resources that will empower clients in each and every step of their journey through the difficult life transition of divorce and beyond.
Our founder, Deb Johnson experienced the difficult life transition of divorce personally. During a divorce we are not at the top of our game-yet we are making major financial and parenting decisions that will have a life-long impact! This experience created her resolve to educate and empower others who would travel the same path at some point in their lives.
Deb Johnson has been a financial advisor for over 20 years, is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and Mediator. She has earned the following designations:
• Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) - The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA
• Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA™) – The Institute for Certified Divorce Financial Analysts in Deerfield, MI
• Professional Mediator – Collaborative Growth mediation training
As a financial planner and wealth manager, as Deb’s financial advisory clients were divorcing, they would come to her post-divorce requesting that she invest their divorce settlement to help them create a financially secure future. As she reviewed the various divorce settlement agreements, it became clear that often times the tax consequences of the settlement were not considered, property was divided placing one of the parties at a disadvantage, and cash flow impacts were not studied as part of the divorce process.
It was at that point, she became passionate about assisting those going through divorce before, during, and after the divorce.
Deb is a founding member of the Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals non-profit organization. She is also a member of the following organizations- Society of Financial Services Professionals, International Academy of Divorce Professionals, Colorado Bar Association, Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts.
In a system designed to position people as adversaries, Krista is committed to shifting the way people experience the divorce process. Her pragmatic sensibility, empathetic nature and innate problem-solving skills make her an excellent divorce mediator. She has successfully mediated with hundreds of clients, carefully navigating financial disentanglement, creating child-focused parenting plans and crafting meaningful settlements. Krista has worked with families in transition her entire career. Her unique background in family services and family law along with certifications in mediation and divorce finance serve the work she loves quite well.
In early 2013, Krista left a distinguished Denver family law firm where she specialized in managing high profile, complex family law litigation matters for members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers™. As a senior paralegal, senior mediator, CFP ® candidate and a Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFA®) Krista is uniquely suited to help people create resolutions in divorce. Krista understands the high cost and destructive tactics of divorce litigation, which fueled her desire to provide a neutral environment for clients to reach resolution. This philosophy along with her professional experience forged an alliance with The Divorce Resource Centre of Colorado where she and her team of divorce professionals provide mediation, collaboration and divorce financial planning services.
B.A. Interdisciplinary Foundations of Law; MSU Denver
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®; Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
Certified Financial Divorce Specialist CFDS®; Financial Divorce Association
Certified Financial Planner CFP ® Candidate; American College/MSU Denver
Mares-Dixon Mediation Training Certificate of Completion
Youth Development Certification; University of Wisconsin, Milwakee
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Professional Member, Mediation Association of Colorado
Professional Member, Institute of Divorce Financial Planners
Professional Member, Association of Divorce Financial Planners
Member, Colorado Bar Association, ADR Section
Member, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, Family Law Section
Member, Arvada Chamber of Commerce
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“You may be feeling isolated, defeated, and like you will never recover from the emotional and financial battle wounds of divorce. But do not let your heart be dismayed! Being one of the first in my peer group to go through a divorce over 20 years ago and endure two ugly and expensive custody battles since, I know the ups and downs of this roller coaster. You can count on me to assist you in making informed decisions with regards to tax and financial consequences as you disentangle your life from your soon to be ex. From there, we will look forward to plan for your new financial future. Many of my clients feel relief after working through their post-divorce cashflow knowing that there is life after divorce. While I am not trained as a child specialist, I have been raising kids for over 30 years. If you are going through it, chances are good, I’ve been there! I work with a team of respected, experienced, and compassionate professionals that will aid you through the challenging transition of divorce. You can depend on me to see you through to the other side where you can begin anew….”
Leslie Garske has built an abundant practice out of serving people, men and women, who are facing divorce. From education and awareness, to long range planning for secure financial futures, Leslie has led many clients through the anxiety and complexity of divorce. She has been married to her husband, Craig, since 1994, and has four children, Erin, Garrett, Jackson and Leah. She enjoys watching her flower garden bloom in the summer, taking a run, vacationing in Cabo, and planning fun events for her family and friends.