‘Second Saturday’ workshop offers women legal, financial, emotional advice about divorce


For women contemplating divorce, the number of legal, financial and emotional questions facing them can often seem overwhelming.

Those types of questions are what the “Second Saturday” program is designed to address. Founded in San Diego 25 years ago by the nonprofit Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE), Second Saturday divorce workshops aim to provide women with the key information they need to know about the divorce process. The program has since spread across the country, with Second Saturday workshops held in 32 states.“The whole essence of the program is to help people make an informed decision throughout the process,” said Robert Franskousky, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who facilitates the Jacksonville Second Saturday workshops. “The goal is to help people understand up front what the process is all about so they have a realistic understanding of what to expect.”

Held on the second Saturday of the month – hence the name – Second Saturday workshops last for three and a half hours and feature local attorneys, certified financial planners and behavioral specialists. Topics covered during the sessions include the financial pitfalls of divorce, key legal issues, real estate/home ownership considerations, and emotional and family issues.

“We give people the essential information they need to make informed decisions,” Franskousky said. “With divorce, you have one chance to get it right. The value of having this information is priceless.”

The next Jacksonville Second Saturday workshop will be held May 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of North Florida’s Herbert Center. The registration fee for the workshop is $45. To register or for more information, visit www.secondsaturdayjax.org.