The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of divorces and we are operating as a social enterprise offering pro-bono services and subsidies to low-income families, racialized groups and victims of abuse. We are the first multilingual certified divorce coaching practice in Canada offering virtual help in English, French and Spanish.

Getting Professional Help Amidst a Divorce Pandemic is Now Affordable for Families across North America

OTTAWA, Ontario (Sep 24, 2021) -  Domestic violence is on the rise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have been trapped for too long under the same roof as their abusers and vulnerable populations are the most affected. Although these cases might sound extreme, many families are struggling emotionally and financially because of a pandemic that locked up the world for a while. This is putting a lot of strain in many relationships, leading to a higher number of separations. 

Jake Purdy and Zelena van der Leeden met while going through their own high-conflict divorces. After years of litigation in Canada, they understood and supported each other through a very traumatic experience. They fell in love, became Certified Divorce Coaches® and launched the first multilingual divorce coaching practice in North America with a mission to help anyone facing divorce regardless of their financial situation. 

“Our divorce journeys made us stronger, but we were lucky to have the resources and a good support network”, explains Divorce Management co-founder, Zelena. “When we found out about 

divorce coaching we thought it was the missing piece. Lawyers can help with the legal aspect, financial advisors have their own expertise and therapists can help you understand your emotions and heal past wounds, but coaches can help you find the confidence to start the best chapter of your life”, she adds. 

“When you start the separation process, most people urge you to get a lawyer”, states co-founder Jake. “Lawyers are needed in most cases, but they tend to focus on what their clients are “entitled” to according to family law rules, and not what they truly want for the next stage of their lives. This can trigger endless debates and escalate conflict between the parties”, he concludes. 

An average divorce can cost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and some spend hundreds of thousands (a few spend millions) before settling the matter. Many family attorneys are now focusing on mediation and collaborative law and divorce coaches are joining law firms in the US to help those in need of a new beginning. 

Divorce Coaching is recognized by the American Bar Association as an alternative dispute resolution process “designed to support, motivate, and guide people going through divorce to help them make the best possible decisions for their future, based on their particular interests, needs, and concerns.” (

Certified Divorce Coaches® can help people save time and money by helping them get organized and know their priorities before meeting with a lawyer or mediator. “We empower people to transition into a new life with dignity and joy. We focus on their needs and dreams and empower them to become the best version of themselves”, Zelena voices.

The founders of Divorce Management are on a mission to help families facing a separation regardless of their financial situation. With lawyers and mediators charging hundreds of dollars per hour and billing many hours, those separating find themselves accumulating an exorbitant amount of debt. Jake and Zelena offer pro-bono services and subsidies to low-income families prioritizing immigrants and racialized groups. They believe that by reducing the financial stress that accompanies marital breakdown, people can focus their energy into rebuilding their lives and spending their hard-earned money on their children, themselves or saving for retirement. Divorce Management operates as virtual practice and offers its coaching services to couples and individuals in English, French and Spanish all over the world.