Presented by Vance Wealth Group

What is Second Saturday

Second Saturday is a 3-1/2 hour workshop offered semi-monthly. It is designed to help women explore the legal, financial, and emotional issues of divorce and gain a greater understanding of the process. The workshop consists of segments taught by a family law attorney, a financial professional, and a therapist.

Divorce can be confusing, challenging, and devastating on every level. This workshop helps individuals gain a greater understanding of their current situation and explore the options available to save time, money, and grief if they decide to move forward in the divorce process.

How Vance Wealth Helps

Divorce is rarely simple. It can involve tangled emotions, personal issues, financial hardships, and legal complications that can make every party involved feel overwhelmed, and sometimes, defeated. If you are currently struggling through the process of a divorce, or even just considering it and looking for more information, know that you are not alone. There is a wealth of resources and experienced professionals available to you through Second Saturday and Vance Wealth Group.

Our team is ready to help you navigate this complex process with the proper support, resources, and useful information.


What to Expect During Your Second Saturday Worshop

  • Financial advice from John Vance, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and President of Vance Wealth Group
  • Non-biased legal advice from an experienced Family Law attorney*
  • Emotional support from a knowledgeable Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist*
  • Access to community resources that may help you during your transition*
  • Support group of other women who may be in a similar situation*

* These services are independent of Raymond James Financial Services

What is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA™)?

As a CDFA™, John Vance is committed to providing you with a thoughtful analysis of your situation.


Key topics to discuss may include:

  • A review of your current situation
  • Prioritization of your long-term goals
  • Divorce settlement analysis
  • Post-divorce support and guidance

A CDFA™ can work in a number of different capacities depending on the unique circumstances of each case, but the motivation is always the same; to help create a financial settlement that works – both now and in the future. The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (Insert Link) explains that a CDFA™ professional can “…provide valuable information on financial issues that are related to the divorce, such as tax consequences, dividing pension plans, continued health care coverage, stock option elections and much more.

CDFA™ professionals also help attorneys by helping the client make financial sense of proposals. Additionally, the benefits of having a trusted financial professional on your team don’t stop as soon as the ink on your settlement is dry. Our team will help with the implementation of the settlement terms you worked hard to agree on, and help rebuild your financial future post-divorce so that you can move into this new stage of your life with clarity and confidence.

Financial Presenter

John Vance

is the founder of the Vance Wealth Group. At the age of 28, he began his branch office and his affiliation with Raymond James Financial Services. His plan-driven approach has been a major factor in his success. He has extensive experience working with individuals and families, guiding them in addressing their financial concerns and helping them to reach their financial goals. John is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (CFP®) and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA™). The CDFA™ certification requires extensive experience and a rigorous exam process. This specialization makes a CDFA™ an invaluable asset through the complex process of asset distribution during divorce. A Los Angeles native, John currently lives in Valencia with his fiancé Carmen and their six children. He enjoys an active lifestyle including golf, cycling, and the occasional triathlon. John holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in finance and a minor in economics from Santa Clara University.

Legal Presenters

Mark R. Spalding

Mark R. Spalding

is a member of the litigation practice group at Hahn and Hahn in Pasadena, CA. He practices primarily in the area of family law. His practice covers all aspects of complex marital dissolution and legal separation cases, including child custody, child and spousal support, property divisions, business and marital property valuations, and restraining orders.

BAR ADMISSIONS: California – 2000, Colorado – 2005
EDUCATION: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 2000, J.D.; University of California, Los Angeles, 1995, B.A.
HONORS: Rising Star, California Super Lawyers, 2009-2012

Candice Rogers

Candice Rogers

is a partner and member of the litigation practice group at the firm Hahn and Hahn in Pasadena, CA. She practices primarily in the area of family law including premarital agreements, postnuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, property division, custody and support. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, skilled in handling complex family law matters.

BAR ADMISSIONS: California, 1998
EDUCATION:Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, 1998, J.D., University of California, Riverside, B.A., Political Science 1994

Leslie K. Howell

Leslie K. Howell

As our Client Service Manager, Barbara Erickson coordinates all client needs between Vance Wealth and Raymond James. She initiates all account paperwork and manages all aspects of money movement. Barbara understands the complexities and unique needs of our clients and is the go-to person for any account needs. She ensures that our clients have a smooth transition to our team, and provides superior customer service through her dedication and commitment to excellence. Barbara lives in Valencia with her husband John and they love hiking, kayaking, fishing, gardening, and spending time with their family.

Emotional Presenters

Catriona Waters

Catriona Waters

earned a business degree in Sheffield, England and established a successful career in marketing and public relations in London before moving to the US, and beginning her second career in psychotherapy. She has an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena (part of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology) and trained at the Family Services Agency of Burbank working with young children, teens, adults, couples, and groups. Catriona provides psychotherapy and coaching for adults, teens, children, couples, and families in her office in Pasadena. Catriona is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern working under the professional supervision of Nicole Bonassi Shannon, LCSW, LCS21044. Her intern number is IMF 89751.

Mary Ann Aronsohn

Mary Ann Aronsohn

has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 1989. She has been a Divorce Coach within the Collaborative Model since 2001. In private practice in South Pasadena, she works with all family law matters with a special focus on co-parenting. She has taught her own private co-parenting course since 2001, and specializes in high-conflict divorce work. However, her heart is in CDR (Consensual Dispute Resolution), and she consequently participates energetically in three local collaborative organizations. She participates in the “Divorce Options” free workshops in Pasadena. She loves couples, individual and family therapy and is known as an experienced and compassionate therapist.

How Do I Register?

The Second Saturday workshop generally occurs on the second Saturday of every other month. The divorce workshop will be taking place at our Pasadena office address below, and is a 3-hour workshop. You may walk in, or reserve a spot ahead of time with Vance Wealth Group. We encourage you to reserve a spot as these workshops are popular and space is limited.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to class?

Please bring a pen and paper if you’d like to take notes. If you do not pay in advance via Pasadena City College’s registration page, please bring cash or check or to pay at the door. You may want to dress in layers.

Where do I tell my spouse I’m going for the morning?

This is an educational workshop providing financial information.

What should I expect at the workshop?

The workshop is a standard classroom setting with three different speakers presenting three different topics. After you’ve heard from the speakers you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, meet with divorce professionals, connect with resources for your specific situation, and mingle with other individuals going through divorce.

What if I cannot afford the workshop fee?

Please contact us directly.

What if I can’t attend the workshop but I need help?

Please contact us for help or check out the helpful information Second Saturday has compiled to find assistance for your specific needs.

Are there other Second Saturday locations?

Yes. Click here to find a location near you.

How do I pay for the workshop?

The workshop is $45. Register online to RSVP and hold your spot. You may also pay with cash, check or credit card at the door. If paying at the door, please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Checks should be made out to Pasadena City College.

How will my credit card payment show up?

Your credit card is processed by Pasadena City College.

John Vance, CFP®, CDFA™ is the founder of Vance Wealth Group, Inc. He has extensive experience working with individuals and families, counseling them on their financial concerns and guiding them towards their financial goals. John is a seasoned instructor with a passion and commitment to educating clients, professionals, and members of the community. He has taught courses through Pasadena City College Extension for over 10 years, and is frequently invited to speak at seminars and workshops throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He is available to present at speaking engagements on a number of topics. Also, many presentations are available for CPE credits for licensed California CPAs! Contact our Marketing Director to learn more.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks, CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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