When I agreed to serve as a volunteer planner for The Jewish Divorce Assistance Center of Los Angeles, I hoped to offer advice to women in crisis, enabling them to rebuild their financial lives. But the surprising result of this service was its powerful impact on my own family.
As I began to help the clients of JDAC, I quickly noticed a common thread: Despite many of these women holding advanced degrees in engineering or law, owning businesses or possessing unique skills (one was a court reporter who could type 140 words per minute), too many lacked even a basic understanding of their family finances. They had been kept in the financial dark during their marriages and consequently had taken no executive role in their family’s financial life.
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