When it comes to helping women who are getting a divorce understand the financial, emotional, and legal implications, Second Saturday has the bases covered. Since its start in San Diego in 1989, the organization has provided workshops featuring professionals in those three fields to help women prepare for and cope with divorce. In fall of 2015, Cynthia Thompson formed a Dallas location at Unity of Dallas, gathering women for three hours once a month on the namesake Saturday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual divorce rate in Texas has decreased from 3.6 per 1,000 total populations in 2004 to 2.7 per 1,000 total population in 2014. This puts Texas below the national rate of 3.2 per 1,000 total population throughout the United States.
But while the rates may decrease, divorce is still an overwhelming topic, said Thompson, the founder of Divorce Planning LLC. According to her, money is almost always a point of concern. Second Saturday seeks to serve those women who have not had a hand in the household budgets, or aren’t fully aware of how their finances will be impacted by the dissolution of their marriage.
“Divorce is a huge change in your life and your identity,” said Dr. Susan Sturdivant, a therapist of more than 30 years. “I think it never occurs to people to do what I call financial engineering to minimize the financial impact of a divorce without harming the other party.”