The People In Your Neighbourhood: Gail Belchior of Financial Divorce Solutions
"The People in Your Neighborhood," performed on Sesame Street, is a familiar song from our youth. The song focuses on occupations, with each variation focusing on different jobholders in the community. The Professional Referral Group, which meets bi-weekly at Keith's Restaurant, would like to introduce you to a few people in your neighborhood!
In two to three sentences, explain your business.
Financial Divorce Solutions works with individuals and couples to help them make the best financial decisions during an emotional and stressful time. Divorce is one of the fastest ways to destroy wealth. I help to create alternative solutions that work to preserve their wealth and create better outcome options.
What is your greatest business accomplishment?
Recently winning the Venture Niagara Ruby Award was very special. Being recognized for the unique business model I offer is an honour.
Over the past few years, I have taken an unknown model from the concept stage to completely implementing and integrating the applicable financial principals into the separation and divorce process. While the use of a Financial Divorce Specialist has been available to others across Canada and the United States, it has not been easily accessible to individuals or couples across the Niagara Region. A very small number of individuals across all of Ontario hold the dual accreditation of Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS) and accredited Family Mediator (AccFM). This combination is proving successful in bringing clients from, “Now what?” to “Yes, I’m ready to sign this agreement.”
How do people usually find out about your business?
Most of my clients are referrals from separation & divorce lawyers, mediators, marriage counselors, therapists, family and mental health professionals, faith leaders, real estate professionals, and financial/investment professionals. I do receive inquiries directly from people who have found me through my website and other internet listings.
What makes you different from other businesses?
This is a client focused service that is customized for each client or couple. The process begins with a consultation to assess the clients’ interests and concerns and evaluate the best process to use to reach an acceptable agreement.
Services can include: full disclosure financial statements, family mediation with memorandum of understanding, as well as future lifestyle projections.
From a client’s perspective the above services focus on these 3 all important questions:
- How do we figure out a fair settlement?
- How do we reach an agreement that we can both live with?
- How will I know what’s a good settlement for my financial future?
What do you like about living and working in Niagara?
The Niagara Region is home for me. I grew up in St. Catharines and frequent all parts of the Region regularly. I enjoy the agricultural scenery and recreational opportunities. I like the sense of community and almost no matter where you go in Niagara you often run into people you know.
The Professional Referral Group
The Professional Referral Group is a referral group comprised of trustworthy, reliable and knowledgeable professionals located in Pelham, Fonthill and the surrounding communities.
All members of the PRG have been screened to ensure they meet our high standards. We only accept companies we can recommend. These are the people WE trust and refer. We hope you will too.
Visit us at www.professionalreferralgroup.ca for more information and membership inquiries.