Divorce Financial Planning in Scottsdale - Partnering with you through life's transitions

                                   New Direction Financial Strategies, LLC


"I have known Michelle for several years and am impressed with her professional experience as well as compassion for her clients. I strongly recommend Michelle to help and support a client." - Charlie Brown, Chief Executive, The Casa, Paradise Valley, AZ

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"Michelle is one of those rare passionate types who puts her heart into her practice.  She also does a great presentation for family mediators, explaining many of the financial issues that can be overwhelming to mediators.  Michelle presented to a group I taught recently and they overwhelmingly loved her talk.. She was a real hit..". - Kate Otting, Interaction Management Associates

"It would have been helpful to have someone like Michelle assist us in seeing the longer term impacts of our divorce settlement. In retrospect, I would not have forgone child support, and consequentIy would have had a much different outcome right now." - Anonymous, AZ

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Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™


I grew up on Long Island, in an Italian household living in my grand-parent’s home and went to Catholic School. As a result, my connection to family and community runs deep. My grandfather taught me about money using what he called the “envelope system”. This formed my initial interest and foundation for money management. It was this discipline and philosophy of the importance of cash management that enabled me to pay for a 30k wedding at age 19 and purchase my first home at age 21, and what ultimately inspired me to go to back to school and become a  CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®).

After a 20+ year successful career, I no longer felt I was making a difference in the world. So I decided to re-connect to my core values in a more meaningful way and go back to school for Financial Planning.

I hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation, and have experience in Financial Planning, Investments, and taxation with specialized training as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™)  to address your concerns before, during and after divorce.  Additionally, I write for Credit.com, blog,  am trained as a mediator and a life coach, volunteer as a presenter and financial coach at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation in Phoenix and for the Financial Planning Association. Currently, serve as a WINS Advocate for the CFP Board, and have served as Director of Public Relations for the Financial Planning Association of Greater Phoenix, and served as the  Director of Communications for the Financial Planning Association Long Island Chapter. I am also a member of the Maricopa County Asssociation of Family Mediators, The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, and on a more local note a member of the Preferred Businesses of Anthem (PBA) and the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Michelle buonincontri, CFP®, CDFA™