Judith F. Sterling

Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire

5418 Diane Way
Santa Rosa, California 95409
United States
Office Phone: 707-538-2665
Member since 2007
Membership Type: IACP

Profession(s)

Financial Professional

Judith F. Sterling, CDFA, CPA is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst as well as a CPA. Jude has an extensive and diverse background in financial matters spanning 30 years as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in an international public accounting firm, as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a hospital, as a sole proprietor of a vineyard business, and for the past 12 years as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

Several dynamics are involved in divorce: emotional, legal, and financial. In most cases a married couple or registered domestic partners going through a divorce are unaware of the financial ramifications of a contemplated settlement agreement. Issues and the consequences of budgeting, property division, tax liabilities, family support, child support, real estate values, refinancing of home loans, business and pension valuations, and debt are all interdependent elements of the divorcing family's financial future. The fact that two households now have to live on potentially the same income level that previously supported one household underscores the importance of financial planning. Divorcing parties need the neutral financial professional as much as they need their attorneys and mental health specialists. Jude is specially trained to recognize potential tax problems, analyze all relevant financial information, and evaluate settlement proposals as she works with one or both spouses.

Appointments available in Marin County, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa.

Area(s) of Practice: Financial
License(s): Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, 2005 Certified Public Accountant, 1987

Professional Activities

Current Board Member, Past President, and Past Treasurer, Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire ~Board Member, Collaborative Practice Marin ~Member, Association of Divorce Financial Planners ~Member, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts ~Past Treasurer, California Divorce Planners Network ~Member, California Society of CPAs ~Past Delegate, Collaborative Practice - California

Undergraduate Education

California State University, Stanislaus - Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting

Professional Education

Earned two year practice requirement for CPA license at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Costa Mesa, CA