When Lili Vasileff’s high-priced divorce lawyer wasn’t able to answer the tax and financial planning questions she had about her impending split and suggested that she spend less time fretting about money and more time looking for a new spouse, she knew something was wrong. But when she realized every newly single woman she met had a similar experience, she decided to upend her career to do something about it.

That was 25 years ago. Vasileff, who had been working in corporate finance for a big company, enrolled in a financial planning program. Her goal was to become a fee-only financial planner specializing in helping women negotiate the often befuddling economic choices that are made in the heat of a marital split. Fee-only planning was rare at the time. Divorce planning wasn’t even on the radar.

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