About the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™

The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA™) is the premier national organization dedicated to the certification, education and promotion of the use of financial professionals in the divorce arena.

Founded in 1993, IDFA provides specialized training to accounting, financial, and legal professionals in the field of pre-divorce financial planning. Over the years, we have certified more than 5,000 professionals in the US and Canada as Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA™) professionals.

The Institute provides comprehensive training using a variety of knowledge and skill-building techniques. CDFA candidates learn how to help their clients with financial issues that will affect the rest of their lives, including:

  • Personal vs. marital property
  • Valuing and dividing property
  • Retirement assets and pensions
  • Spousal and child support
  • Splitting the house
  • Tax problems and solutions
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Tax law and financial issues affecting divorce.

To acquire the designation, a candidate must successfully pass all exams (modules) with a minimum score of 70% for each one and be in good standing with their Broker Dealer (if applicable) and the FINRA/SEC or other licensing or regulatory agency.

CDFA Certification Course

The CDFA designation is available to individuals who have a minimum of three years' experience as a financial professional, accountant, or matrimonial lawyer.

To earn the designation, the participant must complete a series of self-study course modules and pass an exam for each module. In the USA, this training qualifies for 32 hours of continuing education for the CFP® Board of Standards, 25 CPE credits for the CPA designation, and 32 PACE credits for ChFCs and CLUs. 

. The American Module Topics are:

  • Financial and Legal Issues of Divorce
  • Advanced Financial Issues of Divorce
  • Tax Issues of Divorce
  • Working as a CDFA: Case Studies.

In Canada, this training qualifies for 32 CE credits (Advocis), 30 hours of IDA Professional Development CE (IIROC), and 20 PDUs from the Chanbre de la Sécurité Financière (Québec). The Canadian Module Topics are:

  • Financial and Legal Issues of Divorce
  • Advanced Financial Issues of Divorce
  • Working as a CDFA: Case Studies.

Except for the final Case Study exam, the exams for the course are administered by Kryterion Testing Centers, which are located around the USA and Canada. Click here to locate a Kryterion testing center.