Theresa A Jensen, CDFA™, JD



Welcome to the resource page for Divorce Mediation in Medford and Ashland.  These are here for you to read, but don’t forget:  You don’t have to know everything or do this all alone.  I am here to help.  Just use the contact page by clicking here or call 541-488-7494.

Here are some resources for you:


Consumer’s Guide To Mediation/Choosing a Mediator


Parenting Plan Information and do it yourself guide:

A parenting plan addresses the schedule for a child and how the parents will make decisions about the child in the future. Mediation can help you to form a detailed parenting plan that is customized to the needs of the child and the parents.

The Oregon Judicial Department has also created three excellent publications that can help you to create your parenting plan, the Basic Parenting Plan Guide, Basic Parenting Plan Packet, and Safety Focused Parenting Plan. All can be found at the Parenting Plan Page of the Oregon Judicial Department website

For information on Parent Education classes in all counties in Oregon, go to the Oregon Judicial Department website


The following three websites are unique tools to help parents through difficult transitions.

 Each of the websites is a chance for parents to take an interactive timeout from their conflict to consider 46 Commitments they could make to their children in periods of conflict and stress: for divorced or divorcing parents for parents who have never married for parents intending to stay married but wishing to remember their children’s needs as they work through marital problems  


Marital Mediation:


Questions about marital mediation: Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts Oregon Mediation Association State Professional Association for Mediators Association for Conflict Resolution National Professional Organization for Mediators A referral source for mediators, and a source of extensive information and videos related to mediation and conflict resolution. Oregon State Bar legal resources: Lawyer Referral Service, Legal Links, and Legal Information Topics (Family Law, Courts, Lawyers), Low Cost Legal Help, Modest Means Program for Domestic Relations Lawyers Legal help for low income Oregonians (Legal Services, and legal information topics)

Oregon Judicial Department Family Law Website

Divorce 360 provides help, advice and community
for people contemplating, going through or recovering from divorce and the issues around it – custody, child support, alimony and litigation.

Divorce ONLINE

Divorce Online provides free articles and information on the financial, legal, psychological, real-estate, and other aspects of divorce. Additionally, you can turn to the Professional Referral section of Divorce Online to locate professional assistance near you.

Divorce Magazine

Divorce Magazine is the Internet’s leading divorce and separation resource site, providing information and advice about divorce law, divorce lawyers, family law, children and divorce, and other divorce-related issues as well as information on divorce professionals such as family lawyers and online divorce. At Divorce Magazine, we realize that going through a divorce is a very delicate matter, and we’re here to help you through the divorce and separation process.

Divorce Central

Divorce Central offers help, support, and information, and to give separated and divorced individuals the opportunity to communicate with others who are in various stages of decision-making, mourning, mediating, settling, or litigating.

Divorce HQ

Divorce Headquarters is a source for divorce issues including attorneys/lawyers, mediators, alimony, child support, child custody, visitation, separation agreements, financial, divorce services, free child support calculator, and more.

Divorce Interactive

Divorce “Survival Tools,” information, and helpful resources.

Divorce Law Info

The Divorce Law Information Center offers Do It Yourself Divorce, Automated Divorce Forms, Divorce Papers and Divorce Kits for the USA.

Divorce Net

Articles about divorce, child custody, child support, family law, and a Divorce Lawyer Referral service.

Divorce Source

Divorce Information by State/Province

Divorce Support

The Divorce Support website provides divorce information on family law topics such as; divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, alimony and property division.

Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog

John Crouch, a long-time family-law and estate-planning lawyer, has collected a number divorce statistics, citations, and abstracts of studies on the incidence, causes, and effects of divorce at this website, including:

Department of Labor

You can find the QDRO Guidelines here. Read The Division of Retirement Benefits Through Qualified Domestic Relations Orders for a good overview.

Inflation rate (USA) has been publishing inflation related information since 1997. also publishes inflation rates and Consumer Prices Indices for the USA and Canada.

Internal Revenue Service

Internal Revenue Service website. For the GATT rate, go to,,id=96450,00.html.

Legal Information Institute (Cornell)

The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. Services include:

Nolo Law for All

Publishers of Legal Self Help Books for the USA. See especially: Divorce and Money; How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration (SSA) Period Life Table

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Period Life Table is used to evaluate the actuarial soundness of annuities, promissory notes, loans and mortgages. These tables have figures effective January 1, 2011.

Use the Annuity Life Expectancy Table, for Method 2 annuities, promissory notes, loans and mortgages evaluated before August 1, 2008. Use the SSA Period Life Table to evaluate Method 1 annuities evaluated on or aft

er July 1, 2008.

West Law

Legal Research – Fee


The Women’s Institute for Financial Education ( is the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial education to women in their quest for financial independence.

Divorce-Related Articles

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What is a CDFA?

The role of the CDFA™ is to assist the client and his/her lawyer to understand how the financial decisions he/she makes today will impact the client’s financial future.

Divorce, Recession Style

The way that couples – and the professionals assisting them – are dealing with divorce has had to change dramatically to keep up with today’s financial realities.

Advice from a Judge

A Family Court Judge talks about effective preparation for court – and how to achieve results in court by utilizing all available resources.

Top Ten Divorce Tips

Certified Divorce Financial Analysts offer their tips to help you sidestep some common divorce-related problems.

Financial Health Check-up

Take this short quiz to find out whether you get a clean bill of financial health – or if you require emergency care.

Avoiding Common Divorce Pitfalls

Certified Divorce Financial Analysts® offer their best tips to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes made by divorcing people.

Discovering your Financial Reality

Understanding your financial situation will give you a sense of control over your life – before, during, and after divorce.

Surviving Financially after Divorce

How to prepare yourself to deal with the financial realities of divorce.

Tips: Avoiding Financial Traps

Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the common financial pitfalls of divorce.

Negotiating your Future

When you’re negotiating your divorce settlement, preparation is the key to success. Are you really ready to negotiate your future?

Avoiding Financial Disaster

Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the common financial pitfalls of divorce.

Settlement and Separation Agreements

What you need to know before creating a settlement or separation agreement.

Making your Case for Spousal Support

Many states and provinces consider your marital standard of living and your pre-divorce lifestyle as major factors in awarding spousal support. Here’s how to make sure the financial documents you create will work for you and not against you.

Understanding Spousal Support

What you need to know right now about spousal support: in Canada and the United States.

Prenuptial Agreements and Marriage Contracts

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge for a second time, you should seriously consider having a prenuptial agreement or marriage contract in place before you walk down the aisle.

Protecting your Credit Score

Protecting your credit score during divorce.

Who Gets What? Dividing Property During Divorce

Divorce is a time of emotional stress. It can be difficult to decide which property is “yours,” “mine,””ours,” or “theirs.” Here are some pointers.

Working SMARTer, not Harder

S.M.A.R.T. is an mnemonic for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Here’s how to start being less busy and more productive by setting – and achieving – S.M.A.R.T. goals.

The Lawyer-CDFA Partnership

This is an “advertorial” geared at lawyers; it explains how a CDFA can help to create a financial settlement that works both short- and long-term.