“By the time I met Ellen I was eight months into my divorce. Up to that point there had been no plan or strategy on how my attorney was proceeding. We simply reacted to the other attorney’s repeated and unending attacks, which wasted a lot of time and we made no progress. It became clear to me that the $80,000 I had spent up to that point did not accomplish much of anything.
At that point Ellen stepped in. I felt that she was my own personal divorce financial advisor. She made financial suggestions that neither I nor my attorney had thought of and it stopped the Court battles. To summarize, following Ellen’s program significantly reduced the time it took to complete my divorce. I would recommend her to any woman looking for help in any financial scenario.”
“I was on the verge of losing my home – the last of what I had left after my divorce. I had already lost my children – my EX convinced a judge I was an unfit mother. I became depressed and also lost my lucrative job after 28 years. I spent most of my time on the living room sofa under my quilt. Then a friend recommended Ellen. It took a few days to muster up the courage, but I listened to my friend and made the call.
Ellen came to my home and took 2 boxes of paperwork after assuring me everything would be OK. Using what she took and convincing me to email her certain texts from my EX, she put together a statement to the Court that saved me my home. (I had an attorney file it so it was done legally.) My ex-husband and his sleazy attorney were flabbergasted and couldn’t even come up with a response. In a matter of one week it was all over. My home was saved thanks to Ellen, my “Secret Weapon”.
After that I was able to work with a therapist and get off the sofa. Ellen continued to be my communication strategist. My daughter moved back in with me and we reconnected. My EX now leaves me alone and I’m on the road to healing, all thanks to Ellen. I am so grateful to have found her. She took me under her wing and I felt protected. She encouraged me and supported me in more ways than my family could have, even though they tried. I only wish I had met Ellen sooner because I know a lot of what I had to go through could have been avoided.”
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“My dearest friend Ellen… Thank you, thank you, thank you! Words cannot ever express my deepest gratitude for helping me – we will have to write a book!
You are simply amazing! We had some good laughs, tears, and so many monumental triumphs.
Fate put you into my life so I could get through it all. You were, and always will be my savior!
Loretta's full story - her divorce from an attorney, also a federal criminal.
See "Big Case" under the Success Stories tab.
“I was served with divorce papers and did not know what to do. I was unsure about so many things. I was completely blindsided by my husband’s choice and was terrified. I never managed our money or bills.
That’s when I met Ellen. I felt very welcomed and protected under her wing, and was cared for personally. I knew that I was in good hands and I held tight.
During the divorce I felt reassured, comforted and was given all the facts, and Ellen answered every single question that I had. She also helped me organize my finances and everything I needed for both custody and economic mediation. Ellen came with my attorney to the custody mediation and explained things in a way that stopped my husband from using the children in a tug-of-war.
By the time my divorce came, I was on the road to healing. Two weeks after my divorce I went online to Christian Mingle, and now, a year and a half later, I am engaged to the man of my dreams that I met the third day on the dating site. I am so thankful. Ellen told me that I would still be able to find a wonderful man even with my four kids, and she was right. I can’t believe I’m picking out wedding dresses – life after divorce for me is wonderful!”
“Ellen Wanamaker literally saved me. I was like a deer in the headlights. I was numb and didn’t have a clue about money or how I could possibly make it on my own. I was going to work every day and just going through the motions wondering how I could possibly get a divorce and move on with my life.
I met Ellen and she guided me through everything, including the talks with my husband. She helped me understand what I needed so I could support myself, and showed me that I actually could do it. Then Ellen came up with surprising strategies to make it happen for me. A special bonus was that she made me feel good about myself and encouraged me one step at a time. I don’t know how I could have made it through my divorce without her. I would highly recommend Ellen to any woman who is either thinking about divorce or just needs help with managing their money.”
“The first day I met Ellen she found a $79,000 error in the amount I was supposed to get from my husband in our divorce. The next day my attorney brought Ellen in as the financial expert. She went over the list that she had prepared and handed out to the attorneys, which outlined the last of the 5 major things my husband and I had to agree on. Next she delicately discussed the error in the retirement plan calculation.
Ellen was able to tactfully and gracefully explain to the attorneys that because my husband was not a financial professional, this was obviously just a clerical error and an oversight on his part. Because of that non-accusatory approach, my husband and I came to a full agreement in less than two hours. We left the building holding hands and knew that we were going to be able to remain friends. Ellen was able to “put out the fire”. My former husband and I have been able to co-parent in a friendly way, and I have Ellen to thank for everything."
“I never would have believed my divorce would go so smoothly. I was very concerned because I never handled anything to do with our money and procrastinated for more than a year. But I found that I had nothing to worry about.
I followed Ellen’s system to the letter. The rest fell into place.
My husband agreed to everything because I used the negotiation strategies that Ellen and I had mapped out together.
I am so thankful and relieved.
This program has given me a new lease on life.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to describe the services that Ellen Wanamaker provided for me, as they were very beneficial during my divorce.
Ellen has a strong ability to keep the focus on the relevant matters through her clear, concise approach and her sharp attention to detail. Perhaps more importantly than Ellen’s purposeful on-task effort itself, it is the effect that her services had on me, and her comfort and fortitude during the process of my complicated and multi-faceted divorce.
Ellen’s efforts enabled me to feel levelheaded and clear-minded, which enabled me to face and manage the divorce process successfully. I personally have grown in self-assurance and in hope for my future. It was Ellen’s understanding and support that helped me personally emerge to where I want to be in life.”
“My husband passed away after a long illness, but still, I was in total shock. I did the best I could, but before Ellen, I was unable to get any good results. I felt as if I was spinning my wheels, never advancing toward anything. I was scattered, unfocused, confused and unable to do much on my own. I felt helpless and hopeless. Ellen stepped in and gave me the confidence and motivation to restart my way of thinking.
While I was figuratively kicking and screaming from the devastation, Ellen gently helped me organize stacks and bags of papers that represented my money, insurances and bills, and we did a budget. Once she began helping me I felt settled, focused, able to think clearly, more organized, and grateful.
Ellen makes you feel like her #1 priority. Her ability to help me organize and prioritize were unparalleled. Her communication abilities on all levels are refreshing. Ellen is very patient and has the ability to research anything you need to know about. After writing this testimonial, it made me appreciate Ellen all the more.”
“When I met Ellen Wanamaker I was a hot mess. I was upset, confused, and had no idea what to do or how to do it. Ellen was able to help me resolve my divorce with some strategies I never would have thought possible.
She was with me every step of the way, and with her compassion and professional skills she helped me understand how I could make it on my own, and helped me get to a fair conclusion without the fighting I dreaded.
By starting with her Pre-Planning system, I had no loose ends after the divorce, and I felt very confident and ready to move forward in the new home she helped me find. With limited involvement of other professionals, Ellen was my “divorce team,” giving me the confidence and financial know how to be independent.”
“Prior to working with Ellen, the financial services I received were simply people going through the motions. It made me feel like a “number on a file”. I experienced the “get you in, get you out” frequently and it frustrated me that for the money I was paying there was no personal touch or consideration. Sometimes they didn’t even get my name right.
Working with Ellen always made me feel important. I always got her direct and undistracted attention. I never feel stupid or silly asking questions because to Ellen no question is ever considered unwarranted of a response. No matter how busy she is, I’ve always felt like her #1 priority. Her responses are almost immediate. There were even occasions when Ellen had an answer for me before I even asked the question. As a result of working with Ellen I know I made all the right decisions.
To sum up what really makes working with Ellen a pleasure is her ability to articulate and share her knowledge with her clients. It’s apparent by the time she takes to be sure you understand what she is explaining, and that it’s important to her that you feel safe and secure in any decision you need to make. You’ll never feel inferior as she is more than willing to patiently walk you through all the steps – as many times as it takes. Ellen is in touch with human emotions. She will spend hours not only explaining things to you but mostly she listens to her clients. Ellen will always make herself available to you. She is truly dedicated and devoted.”
Joan Chachere Norton, Parenting Expert and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children of Travis County Texas says of Ellen Wanamaker:
“Women want a detail-oriented person on their team. They also need someone who can see the big picture.
Ellen’s clients are lucky to have that-the best of both worlds. It makes them feel safe knowing they are in good hands.”
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Ellen Wanamaker is a Divorce Financial Specialist and Communications Strategist. She began helping women with uncoupling, after her own egregious divorce from which she created a step by step system. Post-divorce, she went on to become a Matrimonial Paralegal, Mediator and Divorce Financial Specialist. Ellen's divorce strengths stem from her financial background, being a federally licensed tax practitioner for more than 25 years,, and investment and insurance advisor. She has been helping women in many stages of divorce set up their finances on autopilot. Ellen is also the author of the popular book "Divorce Starter Tools Women Need."
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