Certified Divorce Lending Professional

The mortgage industry's leading divorce mortgage planning training course and business platform for mortgage professionals who want to focus their practice as a divorce mortgage planner and lending specialist working with divorce attorneys and divorcing homeowners.

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As a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP™) focus your practice on helping divorcing homeowners make a more informed decision regarding their home equity solutions and the divorce team identify any potential conflicts between the divorce settlement, the mortgage, and the real property.
Divorce Mortgage Planning is a holistic approach to the process of evaluating mortgage options in the context of the overall financial objectives as they relate to divorcing situations.

The Divorce Lending Association and the Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP™) Certification prepares you to become an integral member of the professional divorce team by providing you with the required knowledge base, business model, and ongoing marketing and support.

"The house is 68% of the average American's net worth. When real estate and mortgage financing are a focus of the divorce, divorce mortgage planning becomes very valuable to the divorce team, the divorcing spouses, and to the overall success of the divorce. Your ability to apply a holistic and ethical approach to home equity solutions in a divorce situation is key. 

 You can't think traditionally when working with a divorce, real estate, and mortgage financing. Your knowledge and understanding of how intersected family law, tax law, real estate, and mortgage financing truly is, is what enables you to better serve the divorcing consumer."

Jody Bruns, President & Founder

Certified Divorce Lending Professional

  •  CDLP™ Certification Course & Continuing Education
  • CDLP™ Marketing & Business Development to build and grow your divorce mortgage planning practice as a true Trusted Advisor.
  • CDLP™ Coaching with Industry Experts. How to build your divorce mortgage planning practice through partner engagement and becoming a member of the professional divorce team.
  • Specialty Education & Training including negotiation and mediation training, ongoing divorce training, and more.
  •  Traditional and Automated marketing to both divorce professionals and divorcing homeowners.
  • CDLP™ Landing Pages with Lead Generation built-in.
  • Access to a private and very active & searchable community forum. Exchange scenarios, experiences, and insight from other successful CDLP™s.
  • Accreditation to Teach Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Education (CE) to Attorneys, CPAs, Financial Planners (CFPs), and Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFAs) when you pass the CDLP™ Exam.

CDLP™ Divorce Mortgage Planning Program


Above all else, the CDLP™ uses their knowledge and expertise to help the divorcing homeowner make a more informed decision regarding their home equity solutions and mortgage financing options.

A Certified Divorce Lending Professional brings the financial knowledge and expertise of a solid understanding of the connection between Divorce and Family Law, IRS Tax Rules, and mortgage financing strategies as they all relate to real estate and mortgage financing in a divorce situation.

In over 70% of all divorces in the United States real estate is involved and most often, so is the need for mortgage financing. Due to the unique mortgage financing requirements that divorcing clients often face, a Certified Divorce Lending Professional is a major member of the Professional Divorce Team.

The role of the CDLP™ is to not only help the divorcing client, but the other members of the professional divorce team understand the home equity solutions available, as well as the challenges divorce, can bring to mortgage financing during and after the divorce. When the CDLP™ is involved during the divorce process and not after the fact, many potential financing struggles can be avoided with valuable and educated input from the Certified Divorce Lending Professional.  

The CDLP™ understands their role is not to provide legal or tax advice. Their role on the professional divorce team is to help by providing insight on mortgage financing opportunities, recognizing potential legal or tax concerns that may arise in any given circumstance, while bringing these concerns or opportunities to the attention of other team members.

  • Serve as a neutral facilitator rather than as an advocate and advisor representing only one party in the divorce.
  • Become an essential part of the professional divorce team and become involved early in the process rather than as a post-decree referral.
  • Recognize potential legal and tax implications with regards to mortgage financing in divorce situations.
  • Identify potential concerns with support/maintenance structures that may conflict with mortgage financing opportunities.
  • Implement a strategic divorce settlement agreement while working with the professional divorce team that ensures the best opportunities to secure mortgage financing post-divorce.
  • Work with divorcing couples in a collaborative setting and other Alternative Dispute Resolution methods.
  • Become an Effective Expert Witness.
  • And So Much More!

The Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP™) Certification Course is a divorce mortgage planning training program designed to prepare you to become an integral member of the professional divorce team. How to identify appropriate mortgage financing and real estate strategies for divorcing clients while recognizing potential hurdles or opportunities with regards to potential tax or legal concerns as they pertain to real estate and divorce.

Program Structure & Breakdown

Introduction to the Divorce Market

Divorce Principles

Grasp a thorough understanding of the divorce process while becoming a financial neutral in Alternative Dispute Resolution, how to work with high conflict clients, and becoming an effective expert witness.

  • Lesson 1: The Divorce Process
  • Lesson 2: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Lesson 3: Becoming an Expert Witness

Family Law & Real Estate

Apply your knowledge and understanding of real estate and mortgage financing as they intersect with the various aspects of family law in a divorce situation. 

  • Lesson 1: Equitable Distribution & Community Property
  • Lesson 2: Dividing Real Estate in a Divorce
  • Lesson 3: Transferring Ownership of Real Property
  • Lesson 4: Types of Property in the Marriage

Tax Law & Divorce with Real Estate

Learn to recognize important tax implications divorcing clients face and how to help set them up for success post-divorce. 

  • Lesson 1: Importance of Basis & Other Tax Concerns
  • Lesson 2: Mortgage Interest Deduction & Divorce
  • Lesson 3: Retirement Accounts & Divorce
  • Lesson 4: Support Income
  • Lesson 5: Selling the Marital Home

Divorce & Real  Estate

Work with divorcing sellers and buyers while avoiding common legal pitfalls.

  • Lesson 1: Working with Sellers & Buyers
  • Lesson 2: Protecting Your License

Mortgage Planning & Divorce

Apply ethical lending standards in Divorce Mortgage Planning. 

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Equity Buy-Out and Real Property Disposition.
  • Lesson 2: Ethics & Fair Lending in Divorce Mortgage Planning
  • Lesson 3: Income and Liabilities
  • Lesson 4: Credit & Documentation
  • Lesson 5: Home Equity Solutions in Divorce

CDLP Certification Exam

Building and Structuring Your Divorce Mortgage Planning Practice


We create a culture of learning. Helping CDLP™s acquire additional knowledge, skills, and expertise. Our coaching program is an effective approach to organize, create, capture and distribute knowledge. It also reduces the time required for knowledge transfer by providing direct access to our CDLP™ experts and peers who can share the required knowledge and skills in an environment that promotes rapid learning and scaling.

Because 80 percent of learning is informal, mentoring empowers learning in ways that manuals, intranets, and training programs can’t it shortens the learning curve, and enhances your productivity and success as a CDLP™.

We have a group coaching call every Thursday starting at noon eastern. Join industry coaching experts with experience in the divorce mortgage industry including Jody Bruns, Greg Gale, and Jen Du Plessis!


The Divorce Lending Association provides a strong and results-driven marketing and business development platform.  Keeping you top of mind with divorce professionals as their go-to CDLP™ expert and resource.

The CDLP Marketing & Business Development Platform is optional and can be added on for $149/monthly. No contract or minimum use period.

Build your Divorce Mortgage Planning Practice with our amazing:

  • 6 Step CDLP™ Business Launch. We help you set up your practice, identify your strategic partners and get in front of the divorce attorneys, financial planners, and others!
  • Ongoing CDLP™ Marketing & Business Development (Weekly Mentoring | Weekly Marketing | Automated Digital Marketing & Lead Generation | & More!)
  • CDLP™ Personalized Landing Pages including weekly marketing update & lead generation.
  • Automated Marketing Campaigns featuring you as the local CDLP™ Expert
  • Weekly group coaching calls to keep you growing, educated and motivated.
  • Educational content-driven marketing material.
  • Weekly social media posts for you to share on your social media platforms.
  • An entire vault of high-quality and compliant marketing material including marketing flyers, booklets that attorneys love to keep on hand in their offices, personal brochures, and more. 
  • Specialty Education including mediation training; negotiation strategies; divorce real estate; & more!
  • Continuing Education Classes and Presentations| Monthly Live Lunch & Leverage classes for your strategic partners in YOUR OFFICE or learn to present already approved classes on your own. Many offer Continuing Education credits for attorneys, CFP, and CDFA designations.

The CDLP™ Business Building  & Development Platform builds a successful divorce lending practice for you!

What makes the CDLP™ platform different?

Our team & community! We've created an amazing community of industry professionals who work together to educate, communicate,  and help you grow your CDLP™ practice.

Is there ongoing training with the CDLP™ program?

Absolutely! Think about how often mortgage guidelines change. Now add in family & real estate law, tax law, etc. This is definitely not a "One and Done" program.

How strong is the business development program?

You have no idea! From partner engagement, marketing support, to weekly coaching, we help CDLP™s build strong, sustainable divorce mortgage planning practices.

Paths to Certification

There are currently three methods of pursuing the CDLP™ certification. Here is a summary of each option and what is included:

  1. Self-Paced eLearning. This program is divided into 5 modules. Each including digital text, a video lecture, and a unit quiz. Access to the CDLP™ Community Forum and CDLP™ Exam.
  2. Virtual Classroom. Our 3-Weeks to Launch program is offered every other month and includes the complete CDLP™ curriculum taught live thru 6 4-hour lectures combined with business-building steps—access to the CDLP™ Community Forum and CDLP™ Exam. Includes access to self-paced eLearning platform.
  3. LIVE IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION IS BACK! 3 Packed days of training, partnering, and business building. Scottsdale, AZ June 16, 17, & 18!
CDLP™ Examination

The examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates must pass with an 80% or higher to receive the CDLP™ designation. All exams are taken through the CDLP™ portal once all learning modules have been completed.

Maintaining Your Designation
  1. Once you complete the CDLP™ course, your designation is valid for one year, after which you must maintain an active membership with the Divorce Lending Association of $297/annually. 
  2. To ensure continuing competency in tax codes, legislative, and other ongoing developments in the field of divorce mortgage planning, you must complete four (4) hours of continuing education provided by the Divorce Lending Association annually. (Included with your membership.)

CDLP™ eLearning Platform

Online 24/7 Self-Paced access to CDLP™ curriculum and exam. Includes CDLP™ study manual & workbook, video training modules, unit quizzes. Access to the CDLP™ Community Forum, CDLP™ Exam, and CDLP™ Business Launch access. CDLP Marketing Platform can be added at registration. 

Course Registration is a one-time cost of $985.


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Prefer Virtual Live Training? Join our 3 Weeks to Launch Program!

We offer monthly LIVE CDLP™ Training Workshops to get you CDLP™ Certified to Launched in just 3 weeks! Each CDLP™ Module is taught live and paired up with a business building step preparing your CDLP™ Divorce Mortgage Planning Practice to Launch in 3 weeks! CDLP Marketing Platform can be added at registration. 

Virtual classes begin the 1st week of the month (Tuesday and Thursday) and end the 3rd week of every month. (12:00 - 4:00 Eastern) See upcoming schedule at checkout.

Course Registration is a one-time cost of $1,185.

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Live In-Person is BACK!

Join industry professionals for 3 Amazing Packed Days of Live In-Person Instruction!

Scottsdale, AZ | June 16, 17 & 18

Early Bird Registration Savings of $300! Reserve your seat today for $1,485 $1,185

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More Testimonials!

"I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at all of the support you give your CDLP's. I appreciate that this is not just four letters to put behind my name and then I'm set free to figure out how to use them to my advantage. Everything you do is absolutely appreciated! I'm thankful I finally pulled the trigger and completed the course. SMH! Why did I wait so long!?"  Linnea Clayton, CDLP

"I really enjoyed the experience of taking the course and have to say that you have put together a world class community of professionals. Incredibly informative and real world tools that I can apply immediately." Steven Rigo, CLDP™

“The CDLP Course work, continued education & training is the most comprehensive & in-depth program in which I have participated.” Kenny Minkel, CMPS, CDLP™

"In all honesty, I am AMAZED at how much thought and care that has been put into everything you’ve developed to this point in order to set up CLDP’s for success!!  I can only imagine how much of your blood, sweat & tears have gone into building this venture. Major kudos to you!!  I’m truly excited and honored to be a part of it!!" M. Schreiber, CDLP


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