In the early 2000’s, our founder, Mark Hill formed Pacific Divorce Management to address the under-served area of financial expertise in marital dissolution from both his own personal and professional experience with divorce. He has been through divorce three times himself and knows first-hand the financial (and emotional) challenges of the divorce journey. This, combined with over three decades in finance, gives Mark and Pacific Divorce Management a unique perspective others simple don’t possess. In short, we are the best, and train others nationally and internationally in the industry. Our company holds a unique combination of financial insights and psychological understanding of the money in relationships. All of this is at the core of Pacific Divorce Management’s Financial Divorce Consulting in Mediated Divorce, Collaborative Divorce or in our A La Carte services.
Mark C. Hill
Founder & Lead Financial Divorce Consultant
CDFA® – Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
The role of the CDFA® professional 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. In particule, a CDFA addresses the special financial issues of divorce with data to help achieve equitable settlements. Learn more about the CDFA designation.
CFP® – Certified Financial Planner
The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. Learn more about the CFP.
Mr. Mark Hill is the Lead Financial Divorce Consultant and Founder at Pacific Divorce Management. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner (CFP®) and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) committed to bringing an ease to money matters. Mark has spent over 20 years specializing in divorce and has more than 37 years overall experience in various financial roles. He has served as a financial consultant with EF Hutton, held a variety of investment advisory positions with global financial services companies, including serving as a portfolio manager for Smith Barney and co-founded investment management and financial planning company Pacific Wealth Management in 1998. Mark started specializing in the field as a result of his personal frustration of how poorly money issues were addressed in his own divorce. Experience with watching several of his financial planning clients endure the same process led him to become one of the earliest practitioners in the country to specialize in this critically important area. He later become a leader in the fast-growing area of Alternative Dispute Resolution in divorce and helped define and establish the role of the Financial Neutral. Mark holds an honors degree from the University of Keele, England, and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning.
Nationally Recognized Speaker
Mark is a nationally-recognized speaker on the financial aspects of divorce and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal and the LA Times. From 2001 to 2009 he was the primary financial trainer with Collaborative Divorce Team Trainings. He is very proud of the fact that he was involved with the training of hundreds of lawyers, financial and mental health professionals across north America in this game-changing approach to divorce. In 2006, Mark was honored to receive Collaborative Practice California’s (CP Cal) Eureka Award for his contribution to the Collaborative movement in California.
In the Community
An active member of his professional community, Mark has served as a board member of the San Diego Financial Planning Association and as Treasurer of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He has also served as President of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego on two occasions, as a member of the board of Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal) together with holding board and officer positions with a number of other local non-profits.
His Rock Band
For R&R, Mark would rather be playing guitar and singing in his rock band, No Country for Old Men. Listen Now
Trish Sadler, CDFA®
Financial Divorce Case Manager
Trish is a seasoned forensic accounting expert with more than 14 years of experience. In addition, she has been working exclusively in family law for over six years and is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®). She is responsible for working intimately with clients around all things money in a divorce and overseeing our company internal operations.
At Pacific Divorce Management, Trish brings her forensic eye and deep knowledge of financial subtleties, nuances and hard to locate assets to determine the marital estate to be divided. She is responsible for researching, gathering, analyzing, and generating a clear, concise and easy to understand PDM Financial Report. Trish also supports the Lead Financial Divorce Consultant on your case.
Her expertise includes forensic accounting in marital dissolution cases, including assets and debts analysis, income and expense analysis, marital standard of living analysis, tracing of separate and community assets, and litigation support in family law cases. Trish is excited to be working in this more alternative dispute resolution, which provides an opportunity for better client outcomes with less stress and long-lasting damage to individuals and families.
Trish attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Business Administration (Accounting) degree. She is fluent in Mandarin and Chinese. In her free time, she enjoys baking, cooking, trying food from various cultures, and likes watching live performances such as concerts and plays.
Office & Case Support Coordinator
Bringing more than 6 years of experience, Sierra is our Office & Case Support Coordinator tasked with supporting our Financial Divorce team, handling the firm marketing and daily office administration. Her previous work with the federal State Department as a Logistics Coordinator arranging international events in various countries fully prepared her for the confidential, multi-tasking and detailed nature required for our client cases.
Sierra’s primary focus is supporting our Financial Divorce Case Manager and Lead Financial Divorce Consultant in client matters. This extends to scheduling and coordinating client meetings, gathering financial data from clients, then organizing and converting to useable formats in preparation for analysis. She assists in that analysis and facilitates the completion of court financial disclosure forms.
Additionally, Sierra ensures the smooth office functions, and monitors document security and client confidentiality based on PDM’s procedures. Sierra possesses exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills to resolve challenges. She holds a Computer Applications Certification and is very proficient with today’s essential technologies and assisting clients.
Her passion for finance was a key motivator in her recent move from Virginia to San Diego and interest in this work. When not a work, Sierra enjoys hiking, working out, and spending time with her friends. She is thrilled to be in San Diego and at PDM.