Managing Marriage and Divorce: Understanding the Emotional, Legal and Financial issues


In these unprecedented times, there is more stress on marriages than ever, even in happy marriages.  Couples who are already unhappy may find they need coping strategies for managing their futures, if that means staying together or breaking up.  This virtual workshop is designed to help women take the next step, no matter where they are in the process of untying the knot.

With the guidance of trained professionals, WISE member, Megan Stirrat and her team explain the emotional legal, and financial, divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way.


In this Zoom presentation, Megan Stirrat's team will discuss:


Emotional Issues: - Patrice Corteau - LMFT, Divorce Coach, Child Specialist

  • Dealing with a hostile spouse

  • Helping your family cope with the stress of divorce

  • Managing the effects of divorce on children

  • Rebuilding self-esteem-recovery from grief and loss


Legal issues-presented by a divorce attorney

Lisa K. Risner, Esq. Certified Family Law Specialist

  • The divorce process and legal fees

  • Protecting yourself legally and financially

  • Child custody; child and spousal support

  • Avoiding divorce court

  • Mediated divorce

  • Short-form divorce

Financial Issues-presented by a Financial Advisor

Megan Stirrat – Certified Divorce Financial Analyst(R), CFP, CPFA

  • Preparing for divorce

  • Dividing property

  • The tax consequences of divorce





Listen to the Zoom Meeting:

Just in case you wanted to ask a question but didn't get a chance, you can contact the Marriage and Divorce team of experts listed below.  Being that you heard only a very small portion of what you need to know if you are contemplating divorce, they would be happy to help you individually.

Did you enjoy the presentation?  Feel free to let us know, and then signup become a WISE member at wiseinvestors.org We will alert you for future presentations.


Emotional Issues: - Patrice Corteau - MA, LMFT, Divorce Coach, Child Specialist, Mediator

Address: 1151 Dove St., Ste 280, Newport Beach, CA  92660

Phone: (949) 525-7375

Email:  patricecourteau@yahoo.com


Legal issues-presented by a divorce attorney - Lisa K. Risner, Esq. Certified Family Law Specialist

Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Risner & Associates, Inc.

369 San Miguel Drive, Suite 100

Newport Beach, California 92660

Phone (949) 791-4300

Email:  Lisa@risnerlaw.com

Financial Issues-presented by a Financial Advisor - Megan Stirrat - Certified Divorce Financial Analyst(R), CFP, CPFA

First Vice President -Wealth Management

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 1100

Irvine, CA 92618

Phone:  949-859-2963

Email:  Megan_stirrat@ml.com

Elizabeth DeSousa, CDFA, CFP

Mercer Advisors 620 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 1030 Newport Beach, CA 92660 Mobile: 949-518-6595 Elizabeth.desousa@merceradvisors.com