"I have been practicing for 50 years and am now a "Senior Counselor" in Missouri. Each and every one of my clients will now be able to have the tools they need in their Settlement Agreements and Judgments to achieve their mutual understandings. The legal world needs to know all of the ins and outs of all the subject matters involved in a divorce; financial, mortgages, alimony/maintenance-spousal support, division of assets and debts, and all elements pertaining to their family and children. Involve a Certified Divorce Lending Professional in your settlement process to create a better tomorrow for your clients." Barbara E. Hecht, P.C.

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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How can you possibly stand out? Are you referrable? Narrowing your target market may actually help you grow your business. Master a specialty.

You can’t be a generalist. The key to differentiation is to become more focused and specialized, to truly become best-in-class for a particular client who can be served effectively and profitably. As a divorce mortgage planner, you will be a specialist in one of the most intimidating areas of finance. Divorce represents a massive transfer of wealth with substantial financial implications.

With one in two marriages ending in divorce, you have the opportunity to become an indispensable resource to your clients and their attorneys. And with your growing expertise, you should expect referrals to increase.

 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 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 background 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 the divorce's overall success. Your ability to apply a holistic and ethical approach to home equity solutions in a divorce situation is critical.
You can't think traditionally when working with a divorce, real property, and mortgage financing. But, your knowledge and understanding of how intersected family law, financial and tax planning, real property, and mortgage planning truly is what enables you to better serve the divorcing consumer."
Jody Bruns, President & Founder

CDLP™ Business Program

  •  CDLP™ Certification Course & Continuing Education
  • CDLP™ Business Management & Marketing including the CDLP™ Professional Referral Method and Internal CRM to deliver high-quality marketing.
  • 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™ Certification

The required background knowledge to become an integral member of the professional divorce team.

Business Development

6-Week coaching to identify and create strong strategic partnerships for a successful divorce mortgage planning practice.

Business Management

Manage and nurture your business through ongoing marketing, development, continuing education, and more.

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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.

The role of the CDLP™ is to assist the client and their lawyer or financial advisor to understand how the decisions they make today will impact the client’s ability to obtain mortgage financing in the future.

A Certified Divorce Lending Professional brings the financial and background knowledge 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 significant member of the Professional Divorce Team.

The role of the CDLP™ is to help the divorcing client and the other members of the professional divorce team understand the home equity solutions available and 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. Instead, their position 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 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 concerning 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. Candidates learn the important background knowledge of family law, financial and tax planning, and real property as they intersect with divorce mortgage planning.


Program Structure & Breakdown

Introduction to the Divorce Market

Divorce Principles

Understand the divorce process while becoming a financial neutral in Alternative Dispute Resolution, working with high conflict clients, and becoming an effective expert witness.


Family Law & Real Estate

How to identify the disconnect between family law & real property matters in a divorce situation while working with divorce professionals during the settlement process.


Financial & Tax Planning in Divorce with Real Property

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

Divorce & Real Property

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

Mortgage Planning & Divorce

How to recognize obstacles and work with divorcing clients to secure current and future mortgage financing in a divorce situation. 


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™ certification 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.)

In the simplest terms, business development can be summarized as the ideas, initiatives, and activities that help make a business better. Once the CDLP™ certification is complete, you can participate in our 6-week Business Development Coaching program.

While you are building your practice, you still need to maintain your existing business too. Business development should never replace what you currently have. Therefore, we coach you to build and develop your CDLP™ practice around your current mortgage successes.

This is a 6-week live coaching program to help you open doors to new partners (or reaffirm existing ones) like never before!

The CDLP™ 10|20 business development program helps you:

  • Identify your Best Fit Partners to take your CDLP™ practice to the next level.
  • Implement a strategic 10 Touch | 20 Day process to building your referral network.
  • Deliver a dynamic narrative supported by amazing new CDLP™ collateral to land the introductory meeting.
  • Retain and nurture the new connection into a strong and loyal relationship.

Our belief is that service before the sale is the winning formula to building a powerful divorce mortgage planning practice.

Once you have successfully started creating strategic relationships, we help you manage your success with the CDLP™ Business Management program.

The CDLP™ Business Management & Marketing Platform provides a results-driven and robust marketing and business development platform.  Keeping you top of mind with divorce professionals as their go-to CDLP™ Expert and resource.

Grow and manage your Divorce Mortgage Planning Practice with our outstanding systems.

  • Build your divorce mortgage planning practice with the CDLP Professional Referral  Method by becoming the Trusted Advisor with a referable message.
  • Nurture your strategic relationships with customized marketing programs for attorneys, financial planners, mediators, consumers, and more!
  • CDLP™ Personalized Landing Pages, including weekly marketing updates & lead generation.
  • Internal CRM to deliver high-quality marketing with workflows featuring you as the local CDLP™ Expert.
  • Weekly group coaching calls to keep you growing, educated and motivated. 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, Jen Du Plessis, and Terry Mooney!
  • An entire vault of high-quality and compliant content-marketing collateral, 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 courses on your own. Many offer Continuing Education credits for attorneys, CFP, and CDFA designations.

We create a culture of learning. Thus, helping CDLP™s acquire additional knowledge, skills, and expertise. Our coaching program is a practical 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. Our coaches can share the necessary knowledge and skills in an environment that promotes rapid learning and scaling.

 The CDLP™ Business Management platform is optional and requires an additional monthly membership.

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.

Choose the CDLP™ Certification Learning Platform Best For You!

Everyone learns differently, has different schedules and goals. We have the best learning options for everyone!

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CDLP™ Certification

The CDLP™ eLearning Platform allows you to earn your CDLP™ Certification online and at your own pace.

eLearning includes video training modules, assessments and student workbook. When you prefer to learn on your own time and convenience, the eLearning platform is perfect. Approximately 18 hours of course work.

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

Full CDLP™ Certification Course with CDLP™ Proprietary Business Workshop

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"In the short period of time since I went through my training and certification with The Divorce Lending Association my business and referral network has grown exponentially. The training, support, education and coaching that Jody Bruns and her team provides is second to none. There is no other program like it. Jody and the community are so supportive and helpful, I could not feel any better about my decision. I went through another program prior to this and was not at all positioned or prepared for the service and the questions that I am able to provide as a CDLP. I truly feel that I have a community of like-minded professionals behind me in all aspects of focusing on divorce mortgage planning. If you are trying to figure out how to take your business to the next level and work with professionals that are working with clients as trusted advisors, then I would say do not wait one more minute to get started. Thank you, Jody Bruns and CDLP for providing such a comprehensive and fantastic platform! "

Tami Wollensak, CDLP™

"The best thing I did was to attend a live class in preparing for my Certified Divorce Lending Professional designation! There was so much energy being in a room with like-minded professionals and having Jody as the live instructor along with the live conversations and questions around the table, helped me to learn and understand at a deeper level. Jody is a gifted teacher and her passion for what she does really shines in the live classes, and she makes it fun!! I also benefited from making new friends and connections."

Theresa Valinatti, CDLP™

"I highly recommend Jody Bruns and the CDLP™ training, certification, and platform. Jody is amazing and knows her stuff! What I was exposed to and learned in the three days together with her in the class was incredible. It far exceeded what I expected. I have been through other training and certification coursework, but nothing compares to Jody’s style of teaching. She is a master of this niche and it's evident on day 1! I highly recommend anyone thinking about being a true advisor in this field to take the in-person certification course! You will be glad you did, and you will be a better advisor for it. I cannot say enough great things about Jody, the CDLP™ certification course, and the platform. It is a game-changer. Everything you need to know Jody will expose you to it. There is no one better than Jody in this niche. Take the course and you will be glad you did! "

Robert Reza, 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!!"

Michael Schreiber, CDLP™

"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, CDLP™

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