Francis Financial: Financially Ever After with Stacy Francis

Matrimonial attorneys, Linda Decorato and Bryan Goldstein, share the top tips you need to know to get on top of your financial picture, without arousing the suspicion of your husband, before you file for divorce and while you are still under the same roof. Linda and Bryan tell real-life stories of women who went from being financially clueless to financially smart, making great decisions that led to their long-term financial security.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to cope with emotional pain, and realize it is not permanent (6:34)

  • Why it’s better for your children to see strong mothers who make the decision to leave an unhealthy relationship (12:00)

  • The difference between going through divorce when you’re involved and not involved in your finances (15:10)

  • Why you need to be financially aware, so his debts and his fraud don’t become yours (17:45)

  • How to protect yourself, as a non-working woman, with your own account and build your savings (20:00)

  • When the innocent spouse rule doesn’t apply (24:45)

  • If it’s smart to inflate your expenses on your statement of net worth (SNW) (28:00)

  • What is “stockpiling syndrome” and what expenses are most often questioned (34:15)

  • Where to find experienced professionals at any price point (39:51)

About the Author


Stacy Francis

President & CEO Francis Financial

Stacy is a nationally-recognized financial expert who attended the New York University Center for Finance, Law and Taxation, where she completed the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. [+] She comes with over 18 years of experience in the financial industry and is dedicated to her ongoing professional education. Stacy is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) a Divorce Financial Strategist™ as well as a Certified Estate and Trust Specialist (CES™). She is the Director of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners’ (ADFP) Greater New York Metro Chapter, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Stacy is one of twenty of the nation’s leading wealth managers on CNBC’s Digital Financial Advisor Council and she frequently appears in media outlets such as CNN, PBS, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.


Linda J. DeCorato

Founder & Senior Managing Partner at DeCorato, Cohen, Sheehan & Federico

Linda J. DeCorato is a founding member and the Senior Managing Partner of DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico. She is an experienced and skilled negotiator and heads the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law practice. [+] DCFS advises clients regarding divorce, including contested, uncontested, same sex and high net worth cases; equitable distribution; custody and visitation; and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Ms. DeCorato has skillfully managed the interests of children as their Guardian Ad Litem by appointment of the Surrogate in Family Estate matters. Combined with her nursing experience, she affords children who are in the midst of divorce and custody matters, the highest and most compassionate priority.


Bryan M. Goldstein

DeCorato, Cohen, Sheehan & Federico

Bryan M. Goldstein has extensive experience in matrimonial and family law, personal injury, and medical malpractice. He joined the firm in 2017. [+] Mr. Goldstein represents clients in divorce (contested, uncontested, same-sex, and high net worth), custody and parenting time/visitation, child support, spousal maintenance/alimony, equitable distribution, and pre-and postnuptial agreements. He is a skilled and constructive negotiator when clients attempt to settle issues by agreement, and a powerful advocate when the determination of the Court is necessary.
Mr. Goldstein is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

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