Jennifer M. Segura, J.D., CDFA
Who Is Jennifer Segura?
I have always had a strong understanding and desire to work with families. I think a lot of this desire came from my own upbringing, which was not terrible, but definitely strained. We moved a lot when I was young, I was in a different school each new school year. My parents worked a lot, which left myself and my little brother often fending for ourselves. Shortly after finally settling down into a home that was meant to be more permanent than those that came before it, my mother was killed in a car accident. I was 12 years old.
As a child, I had no idea what all of this meant to me on a larger scale. However, as an adult, I have learned that it impacted me at the level of never really feeling stable. I have spent my adult life doing everything I can to create stability, however, it’s those formative years that really create our identity.
What I Want Clients to Know
I share this with you, not for your sympathy, but instead to offer you mine. To let you know that I can relate to what you are feeling. I have been once divorced myself, however, I think my upbringing, more than anything, has provided me with a deep sense of understanding. An understanding of how it feels when your entire world falls from underneath you. When you constantly feel like you are on a small boat in the middle of the ocean during a terrible storm.
It is the unknown that terrifies us all the most. And I understand that for many of you reading this right now, this is a process you have never been through and never thought you would have to go through. Trying to picture what your life will look like after this is all over is painful and scary. It is the unknown. I am very sensitive to this feeling. I have made it my life’s work to learn everything I can to make this journey for you as painless as possible. I promise to clear the smoke early and often and to plainly show you the available paths. I will not keep you in the dark and I will not use strategies that do nothing but increase your anxiety, as the legal system often does. I want nothing more than to provide you and your family the clarity and the strength to make informed decisions. I promise to lead you down the most peaceful path, allowing you to reconfigure your relationship with each other if a relationship needs to continue.
I began my college career on a path to become a psychologist. Somewhere along the way, my educational desires changed, but I still had a longing to work with families. However, the thought of becoming a family law attorney didn’t really satisfy my goal of “helping” families, yet I knew I wanted and needed to go to law school.
I learned about the mediation process and knew that was the right path for me. It would allow me to fully embrace my passion for the law, as well as my passion for helping families during difficult transitions. I pursued mediation in an effort to support people during a difficult time in their lives in having healthy relationships with their children and for themselves.
As a result, I obtained my law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated Cum Laude in 2004. In 2007, I was trained as a family mediator and opened my own mediation firm, San Diego Family Mediation Center, in January 2008. I have solely practiced as a family mediator since that time.
In an effort to further enhance my ability to provide my clients with the knowledge they need to stabilize their lives, I studied and became a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. This has been an amazing addition to my tool box. I attend annual conferences to ensure I am up to date on any financial issues that may have changed since the prior year. I also come home from the conferences with new creative ideas to help clients through their journey by discussing different issues with my colleagues in the financial world. As with most things in life, it takes a village to obtain the best results. While my village does not sit in the room with us, I assure you, it exists.
Jennifer is a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, Association of Divorce Financial Planners and The Academy of Professional Family Mediators.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, her two daughters, and their dogs/cat. They like going to the beach and Legoland.