John Duffy

1470 E. Valley Rd
Santa Barbara, California 93108
United States
Office Phone: 805-886-1901
Member since 2021
Membership Type: IACP


Financial Professional

My name is John Duffy, and I am a financial planner, and Certified Divorce Financial
Analyst® professional. I started Zen Divorce Solutions to help couples amicably identify, evaluate, and equitably divide assets in a fair and respectful manner during divorce to achieve a peaceful financial separation.

I went through my divorce in 2006. We had drifted apart and become logistical partners getting kids from place to place. My ex-wife is a family law attorney. I was the stay-at-home parent and telecommuted while changing diapers. We had a mostly amicable separation, but that does not mean there were not rough patches. The girls were 5 and 3, and the hardest part was telling them. I was intensely worried about how they would respond. I hated the idea of not seeing them every day. Co-parenting was challenging for years, but we slogged through. It was a long dark tunnel but we are all out of it and enjoying the light. Zen’s goal is to support and guide you through your own personal journey and be the bridge to get you to the other side.

I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management and began working in tech in Silicon Valley. I moved to Santa Barbara to start a family and begin my career in finance. I am happily re-married to my wife, Star, and together we added a son and daughter to our blended family. When I am not watching my younger children’s soccer games or gardening, I enjoy scuba, ice hockey, camping and traveling. I am the former board chair of Pacific Pride Foundation, Santa Barbara’s LGBTQ+ organization, and am currently serving on the boards of Casa del Herrero and Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Area(s) of Practice: Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®
License(s): CDFA® California State Insurance 0G30156 Series 7 Series 66

Professional Activities

Mediation Support Financial Neutral Litigation Support Financial Planning Post-Divorce Support Financial Transition Support

Undergraduate Education

University of San Francisco, 1995

Professional Education

I have completed my Series 7, Series 66 and CDFA® exams, and I am working on my CFP certification. As part of my investment licenses and certifications I undergo numerous regulatory continuing education modules annually.