I was incredibly fortunate to have my Introductory Collaborative training taught by Donna Smalldon. She brought a depth of expertise and passion for serving clients that gave every attendee great appreciation for our role as financial experts in the Collaborative process. Easily the most impactful training I have attended in my 20+ year professional career!
— Kenneth, May 2018
My wife and I had never engaged in mediation of any sort during our eight years together. As a male and an engineer, I have always been skeptical of counselors and mediators of any sort. But I was pleasantly surprised at how effective Donna was at helping us discover common ground as the basis for our amicable divorce. I’m sot sure it would have stayed amicable without her involvement.
— Joe. Portland, OR

I am better in my current life for what you did to make me aware of my choices.
— EJ. Seattle, WA
I’m not sure how the court will rule but I was very impressed with your testimony and the way you handled yourself on the witness stand. You should become a professional expert witness!
— Herb. Portland, OR

Donna, You gave me hope! After feeling lost in a quagmire of “what-do-I-do-next?” speaking with you this afternoon was very good for my soul. I have definite steps to take – things to do next, as it were. I felt energized immediately.

It’s been about two months now since our divorce was final. Though there is still a lot to do, I want to take time now to thank you for your encouraging counsel through a pretty stagnant time in the whole process.

I was discouraged with how long things were taking, and I couldn’t seem to get a picture of what needed to be done. My legal advice was fine. I just needed good financial advice, as well. You provided that, and you gave me such hope! That in itself was worth everything! And the way you had the financial information organized & color-coded I could see what was going on and rationally make decisions for my future. You were available every time I phoned, keeping me on track and helping me keep my spirits up. Thank you!
— Cheryl. Corvallis, OR

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It was amazing to me that there could be a pleasant experience in the midst of all the divorce turmoil, but that is just what my experience was with Donna . She put things in perspective for both of us in order to best benefit everyone without prejudice.

If you are interested in not spending a lot to save a little and treasure the thought of doing what is really best for the children and yourselves, I would recommend using Applied Divorce Solutions. For me it was the only pleasant experience in a very unpleasant time of life.
— Eric. Wilsonville, OR
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I felt bewildered, belittled and powerless, politely knocking on the front door of a “good ‘ol boys club” in my journey of divorcing an attorney. Then I attended Second Saturday and realized that I needed the expertise of a supportive team to guide me in the right direction towards personal empowerment. Donna Smalldon of Applied Divorce Solutions, who worked brilliantly, took me one little step at a time towards the finish line. I am so thankful to have had the courage to surrender to a higher power of knowledge, compassionate and supportive professionals that orchestrated a bright future for me.
— Kathryn. Portland, OR

I will admit when my attorney suggested I go see a “divorce planner” I was very skeptical; How do you plan for a divorce?

The demise of my 14-year marriage was very sudden; one day he
was there then the next he was gone. In his wake were very vague and contradictory “reasons” and “explanations”.

Needless to say the decisions I wanted to make were based on emotions not logic.

Donna was very gracious, understanding, empathic and, most importantly, objective. She took what information I had, asked some very pointed questions and was able to present her viewpoint of my situation based on what would be in my financial best interest in the long run.

With Donna’s encouragement I was able to make some decisions I earlier hadn’t wanted to make and come up with other possible options that hadn’t occurred to me. I know when I reach retirement age I will appreciate Donna’s advice even more than I do now.
— Roberta. Forest Grove, OR