Why a financial approach to divorce?
I was not always financially savvy. In fact, my first job at an investment bank was as an administrative assistant and I had never even taken an accounting class. I felt like everyone around me was speaking a foreign language. That happens to a lot of people as they go through their divorce.
Trying to learn the divorce vocabulary and all about your finances while feeling emotionally overwhelmed is challenging to say the least. As a result of a lack of financial guidance, poor financial choices are common, which leads to unnecessary challenges after the divorce is final.
After more than fifteen years in financial services, I am now a seasoned financial professional who has been where you are. I've built a team committed to partnering with you to help you make wise financial decisions before, during and after your divorce.
Meet Your Trusted Team
When you’re going through a difficult life transition, you need to have a trusted team you can lean on. Learn more about the Great Lakes Divorce Financial Solutions team.
Leah Hadley, AFC®, CDFA®
President/Senior Financial Planner
As the Founder of Great Lakes Divorce Financial Solutions and Great Lakes Investment Management, Leah Hadley is committed to guiding clients to financial independence through thoughtful and strategic planning.
An influential voice in the financial community, Leah is a sought-after speaker and expert in overcoming financial setbacks and navigating the financial complexities of divorce. She's a frequent guest on podcasts and has contributed her insights to numerous books and online platforms. Leah is also the author of "When It's Just Not Working: A Practical Divorce Guide for Stay-At-Home Moms."
With a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA from Ursuline College, Leah's education has laid the foundation for her work. Her credentials include being an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). Additionally, she is a trained mediator with over 100 hours of continuing education in conflict resolution.
At the heart of her practice, Leah finds genuine satisfaction in empowering her clients to achieve their most heartfelt financial goals. Deeply engaged with her local community, she serves on the Board of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Cleveland Chapter. In her leisure time, Leah enjoys reading, hiking, and spending quality time with her husband, three children, and three dogs.
Mediator & Client Relationship Manager
Kelly is a Mediator specializing in divorce and parenting issues such as custody, visitation, schooling, and other major concerns or disputes. She received her training through a Supreme Court certified family mediation class at the University of Akron. With Kelly's guidance, she can help you achieve a successful co-parenting relationship.
Kelly has been working with the public her entire career. Her past experience includes Marketing, Public Relations and Communications. She enjoys creating lasting relationships with clients and seeing them reach their financial goals.
She has a BBA in Marketing and MBA from Cleveland State University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and Goldendoodle, Ozzie. You can usually find her running or biking on the towpath in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Larisa Krasnov, CFP®, CDFA®
Larisa has over 14 years of banking, investment, financial services and financial planning experience. She is passionate about delivering support, advice, and guidance to her clients through life changing events, especially separation, divorce and loss of loved ones, and helping them to make a smooth transition to a new financial environment.
Larisa earned her BS in Mathematics and MS in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State Engineering-Physics Institute (Technical University); and MS in Patent Science from the Institute of Industrial Property and Innovation. In 2016, she earned her CFP® certification.
Larisa and her husband Oleg enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, fine art and music. Along with their new family member, a German Pinscher puppy named Temur, they spend their free time together on long walks, watching sunrises, sunsets and starry skies.
Vicki has worked in marketing for over 25 years developing and executing marketing and communications campaigns. She enjoys using her marketing skills to bring awareness to GLDFS, helping others reach their personal goals and enrich their lives.
She has a BA in English from Baldwin Wallace University and an MA in Communications Management from John Carroll University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at local schools, reading and being outside.
Michelle enjoys finding ways to use her finance degree and experience for helping others, including her colleagues, clients, and members of the community. Michelle earned her BS in Business Administration from John Carroll University and her MPA from Cleveland State University. She has experience with financial planning and analysis at universities, adult financial education, and credit building. She is now pivoting to prepare financial analyses and financial plans for clients and assisting with operations in the office.
Michelle is a Cleveland native, but previously she lived in New York City, Minneapolis, and Hartford. In Michelle’s free time, she enjoys trying vegan restaurants, spending time with her family, and sampling her husband’s homemade hot sauce made with some of the hottest peppers in the world!
Tiffany holds a Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University. In addition to keeping the team organized, Tiffany greets all of those who call in or visit the office with kindness and compassion. She went through her own divorce and is no stranger to the emotional roller coaster our clients are facing. Now happily remarried, she also knows the joy that can come in your next chapter.
Tiffany is passionate about health and wellness and maintains an active lifestyle. A former personal trainer, Tiffany teaches yoga part-time at Hope Yoga.
Download your complimentary divorce checklist.
Don't let any important details fall through the cracks.