We pay tribute to the members who have believed in and have helped Family Divorce Solutions' goal to restructure the family and transform the relationship through respectful, peaceful and confidential solutions.
Jerry has been licensed as a CPA for over 40 years, is a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™. He has completed advanced meditation and Collaborative Divorce training, advanced Family and Divorce Conflict Resolution training and has served on the faculty for the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association’s Collaborative Law Interdisciplinary Training.
Jerry began his career as a divorce financial advisor a few years after his own experience of divorce. It was apparent to him that the traditional divorce process was inefficient, costly and did not address what he considered to be essential financial issues, such as income tax consequences, the long-term effect of alternative settlement options, and a more need-based approach.
He was a charter member and served on the board of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the International Association of Financial Planning, he served on the California Senate Rules Committee Task Force on Financial Planning, was Past President of the American Association of Personal Financial Planners, Past Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of CPAs Personal Financial Planning Committee, served on the board for the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, the board of the California Divorce Planners Network, currently serves a delegate on the California statewide Collaborative Practice organization, served as a volunteer settlement officer for the family law division of the Los Angeles Superior Court, was the 2011 Chair for the Association of Divorce Financial Planners national conference and is currently a Director of the California chapter and serves on the national board of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners.
CPA, ChFC, CDFA™
MEMBERSHIPS & HONORS
Jerry is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, the Collaborative Divorce Advisers of Southern California, the Coalition for Collaborative Divorce, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, and a founding member of the Divorce Financial Mediation Group.
Steven B. Garelick
I have had an ongoing commitment to the legal community for over 30 years, serving as a pro bono court mediator in downtown Los Angeles Central District for the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law CPA Mediation Program and the Court’s VAST Program (Voluntary Attorney Settlement Team). I have been a guest speaker for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. On radio, I have been a panelist to discuss financial issues found in family law matters.
I have worked with family law attorneys, fellow mediators, and collaborators as a financial accountant for more than three decades. As a financial neutral, I ask questions to promote discussion and develop practical solutions for settlement. As a forensic accountant, I analyze personal and business tax returns and financial data and prepare financial schedules and summaries that convey information for:
- Income available for support (analysis of business income)
- Income and expense disclosure statements (assist with FL-150)
- Assets and debts disclosure statements (assist with FL-142)
- Business valuations (calculation of CP/SP ownership interest)
- Moore/Marsden calculations (CP/SP ownership interest)
- Stock options/units analysis (CP/SP division of property)
- The marital standard of living (lifestyle analysis)
- Tracing and/or reimbursements (source of SP funds from an inheritance and/or SP asset; use of SP funds for a down payment and/or pay CP expenses and/or expenses of the spouse)
Other financial matters include investigation accounting (alleged misappropriation of assets, employee dishonesty, and embezzlement calculations.
Warren R. Sacks
Warren Sacks joined Family Divorce Solutions in 2011. In 2015 he held the position of vice president and in 2016 he led FDS as president. On multiple occasions he was the FDS Treasurer as well. He was an active and integral member of our organization. He was an active participant in every aspect of our group. He was a true leader.
Warren believed in friendly and personal attention to his clients. His goal was to prepare fair and unbiased reports to provide his clients with options to reach the best solution for their family as easily and effectively as possible. Warren always worked closely with all team members and provided the tools necessary for the clients to proceed through the process by utilizing his hands-on approach.
He was also a member of A Better Divorce and Los Angeles Westside Collaborative Divorce Professionals.
He attended his collaborative training in 2004 and had since attended numerous additional basic and advanced collaborative trainings. Warren was the president of Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association in 2013 and has been on the board since 2005. He was a board member of Collaborative Practice California from 2008 through 2013. He was the treasurer of collaborative practice California in 2014. Warren was a permanent presence at the LACFLA collaborative basic training since 2010, as well as a seminal presenter at the CPCAL annual collaborative conferences.
As a partner with the accounting and consulting firm of White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna and Hunt, LLP. He was a certified public accountant in financial forensics with over 35 years’ experience in the preparation of business valuations, perquisite analysis, standard of living reports, community property balance sheets, reports on gross cash flow available for support, needs analysis, tracing, and the analysis of financial statements and tax returns.
Warren received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting Theory and Practice from California State University, Northridge. He was a member in good standing at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Warren was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by CPCal in 2022.