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A CDS  is  one who  has completed the Certified Divorce Specialists (CDS) Program – a comprehensive training for professionals in various industries who wish to provide better services to their divorcing clients.


The CDS curriculum consists of a specialized communication skills training with a focus on integrating those skills in a client-session environment. It also highlights specific legal, financial, mental health, and real estate information that are integral to the divorce process giving the professional a holistic understanding of their clients’ experience.


What does this mean for Divorcing Clients?

 It means that the CDS Designee has gone above and beyond to make sure they are equipped with unique skills and divorce-specific information to manage a better experience for all parties involved.

The CDS Program focuses on...


Essential communication skills professionals need to understand and work with divorcing clients to build and maintain a productive client relationship.

Language & Culture

How to understand the unique language and culture of the divorce process and the specific needs and wants divorcing clients may have. From terminology to traditions, the CDS® Program covers a wide range of important topics all divorce professionals should know.


The holistic fundamental elements of the divorce process through its various stages, including the instrumental professionals and industries involved. CDS Designees know whom, how and when to recommend others to help support their divorcing clients.

Certified Divorce Specialists (CDS) know that their divorcing clients need special care.

When a couple decides to divorce, they begin a long drawn out journey to separate their lives and begin new ones on their own. Aside from the legal steps necessary to end the marriage, the process involves several changes in various other areas including finance, real estate and mental health. Although the professional might have knowledge in one or more of the areas listed above, if they are providing a service to a divorcing individual, couple, or family, it is imperative for them to be familiarized holistically on ALL the parts that are involved and that the client will need help with. There are many areas that require either collaboration or a basic understanding in order to properly help divorcing clients make the right decisions. One simple choice or step can affect the entire process either negatively or positively. 

CDS Designees learn about:

By Industry:

Why should divorcing clients work with a
Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS)?




Professionals who complete the Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS) Program:

What CDS™ Aligned Businesses are Saying...

"One of our CDS™ mediators was able to help our client avoid making a serious mistake that would have cost them thousands of dollars. She would not have been able to detect this potential disaster if it weren't for the Certified Divorce Specialist Training! I highly recommend this training for ALL businesses or practices who work directly with divorcing clients."
Don Shapira
Fresh Start Mediation
"I see a huge difference in our client experience. Since we became a CDS Aligned Business, we have had an increase in word of mouth referrals because our CDS staff knows to provide that extra special care "
Lisa Zonder
"Having all of my staff gone through the Certified Divorce Specialist Program has improved my practice in various ways. In addition to being more effective when communicating with our divorcing clients, they are also much more effiicient with their time!

If you are contemplating, or in the midst of a divorce, make sure you work with professionals who:

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