Carl Palatnik CFP®, Divorce Financial Planner

carl-palatnikTrained in divorce financial planning in 1994, when the field was still in its infancy, Carl has become one of the preeminent divorce financial planners in the United States, with extensive experience in litigated, mediated and collaborative divorce settings.

Carl is Founding President Emeritus of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, 2014 recipient of the ADFP Pioneering Award for outstanding contributions to the field of divorce and former Chair of the ADFP Practice and Professional Standards Committee.  He was intimately involved in the planning of the 2015 Interdisciplinary Divorce Catalyst Conference, a first-of-its-kind gathering of allied divorce professionals, convened to encourage development of synergistic, multidisciplinary approaches to the divorce process.

Carl is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional (CFP®), a divorce mediator and a collaborative divorce financial neutral.  He received his mediation training at the Center for Mediation and Training, the leading divorce mediation training program in the United States, and was trained in interdisciplinary collaborative divorce by collaborative divorce pioneer Paline Tesler through the New York State Office of Court Administration.  He has personally prepared thousands of personal income tax returns and has 8 years of experience in a supervisory capacity, overseeing CPAs and other tax professionals.  He is a former Enrolled Agent, has extensive experience in tax planning and divorce taxation and has testified on tax and divorce financial matters in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Carl is founding principal of Divorce Analytics, a firm focusing exclusively on divorce financial issues.  He is co-developer of Financial Team Mediation, a co-mediation process that formally integrates divorce financial planning into the mediation process.

Carl has been consulted frequently and cited by the media on divorce, financial and tax issues. In testament to the recognition he has received from his peers, he was invited to join the editorial boards of the American Law Media publications, New York Family Law Monthly and The Matrimonial Strategist, where he has continuously served since 2003.  From 2009 to the present, he has helped plan the Divorce Financial Planning program for the Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium, an annual gathering of several hundred accounting and tax professionals. In addition to being invited to speak at some of these meetings, he has been a guest speaker on divorce taxation and divorce financial issues at several annual meetings of the Financial Planning Association and the Matrimonial Committee and Dean’s Hour of the Bar Association of Nassau County, New York.  He has also served on the advisory boards of Divorce Magazine, the College for Divorce Specialists and the NYU Divorce Project.  He has published numerous articles in New York Family Law Monthly, The Matrimonial Strategist, Divorce Magazine,,, and other financial publications.

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