Diane C Pappas, CDFA, CQS

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Solutions For Divorce LLC

Phone: 978-833-6144
Gloucester, MA 01930
Profession(s): Financial Neutral, Neutral Expert


Counties Served: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk
About Me:

Diane C. Pappas is a Principal at Solutions for Divorce LLC. Diane is a nationally recognized Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, a Certified QDRO Specialist™, a Collaboratively Trained Financial Neutral, and a trained Mediator as well as being her own Registered Investment Advisor. She recently received the honor of the 2023 IDFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. Diane is one of only two CDFAs in the country who were recognized as representing the very best of CDFA Professionals. She served on the Board of Advisors for the IDFA from 2016 - 2019. She was also the President of The Divorce Center from 2015-2017 and developed the widely-popular Divorce Matters Next Step Workshop during her time on the board. Diane and a fellow CDFA has recently developed a 6 Module course for women going through divorce, entitled 'The Divorce Course for Women'.

Drawing on over 30 years of life and work experience, Diane specializes in helping clients, attorneys and mediators fully understand the financial complexities encountered during the divorce process. She develops comprehensive analyses of the short and long-term impacts of proposed divorce settlements, evaluation of the tax implications of property division, provides an in-depth CAVANAGH analysis, division of retirement and investment accounts, BACCANTI analysis for all types of executive compensation including ISOs, NQSOs, RSUs and PSUs, and other complex financial issues that may arise. Diane is also certified to draft QDROs - the legal document necessary to divide employer-sponsored plans like a 401(k), profit sharing plans and 403(b)s. Diane also prepares the document necessary to divide State pensions, Federal and Military pensions.

Diane is passionate about educating her clients, so that they are informed and in control of the important financial decisions they are making. Never is this more important than in divorce. As a divorced, single mom of two adult daughters, Diane understands first hand the complex challenges that families face in today's economic environment and works closely with the team to address those challenges and needs. Ensuring that all parties have the same level of financial knowledge is paramount to a fair and workable outcome and is at the forefront of Diane's practice.

She believes that well-informed and cared for clients, especially in the collaborative process, are empowered to make those important decisions that are best for them and their families. This provides her clients with the peace of mind they need during this difficult time and gives them the ability to transition to a good life after divorce.


Solutions for Divorce LLC is an independent, fee-only, divorce financial planning firm and Registered Investment Advisor serving the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Metrowest areas. We provide divorce financial analysis, financial mediation and post-divorce financial planning to those individuals and couples going through the divorce process.

Fee Information:

Hourly fee of $325