Ann Grant, Miriam Chang, Jackie Miller
The Dream Team
- The Law Offices of Ann E. Grant
1500 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach
- M. Chang Consulting
2100 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach
- Jackie Miller Coaching
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Miriam Chang, Jackie Miller, Ann Grant
- Special Section
Divorce is tough—especially during a shutdown. The divorce rate in the United States is expected to continue rising due to the stresses created by the COVID-19 pandemic. A trio of female business owners in the South Bay recently combined forces to help clients navigate the divorce process. Known as The Dream Team, divorce coach Jackie Miller, financial consultant Miriam Chang and family law attorney Ann Grant offer clients legal, financial and emotional support throughout their divorce proceedings and beyond.
Jackie Miller has been a South Bay resident for more than 20 years, raising her two daughters here and started her coaching business after experiencing her own divorce. Miriam pursued her career in international and expatriation tax, working for Big Four public accounting firms for two decades prior to establishing her private practice. Being part of a blended family gives Miriam an in-depth understanding of the financial complexities of divorce. Ann was a partner at a large international law firm before she opened her family law practice in Manhattan Beach, following her own divorce.
What is a divorce coach?
Jackie: “The American Bar Association (ABA) defines divorce coaching as a goal-oriented process designed to support, motivate and guide people going through a divorce to help them make the best possible decisions for their future. I am a board-certified divorce coach and can help prepare you for the emotional and overwhelming journey ahead. Together we will make a plan for communicating with your spouse and define your wants, needs and goals so you can move efficiently through the divorce process.”
What is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® or CDFA®?
Miriam: “Divorce is as much a financial transaction as it is a legal one. I am a CDFA® with a background in tax and can translate financial items in comprehensive terms to compile the information needed for the settlement, attorneys or courts. By building financial awareness of the nuances of the marital split and any support payments, I offer clients clarity and confidence with financial planning for the future, so you have the relief that you’ll be OK ending this chapter and embarking on your new life.”
What is it like working together?
Ann: “We respect and like each other! Working with professionals that excel in their field and share the same values is important. When you can work with friends, work becomes fun!”
What is The Dream Team’s mission?
“We love the team approach to helping our clients obtain their goals. Divorce is an opportunity to re-create your life on your terms. We know that it is possible because we have walked that path ourselves. We get it and not only understand but appreciate how vulnerable we felt during this time. It changes the dynamics of how we help with our clients. We understand that there is a better, more empowered way of getting through your divorce—one of our team’s main goals. We’re also moms and hold all those wonderful, innate qualities that translate to protection and nurture.
With our years of experience handling high-conflict dissolutions, we get results—both in and out of the courtroom. We are passionate about helping our clients get what they need to create a new and better life. We are excited to join forces to create an energetic movement of support. Never has it been timelier to take back your power.”
Why should clients choose to work with The Dream Team?
“Using a holistic tribe of professionals with the right expertise allows you to better navigate your way through divorce legally, financially and emotionally. We will minimize the time, cost and stress associated with this arduous process. Working side-by-side and closely with this team, clients benefit in many areas—from emotional to communication to organization. We’ll support you with what you need to prepare and structure a plan that will increase the quality and effectiveness of the time spent with your legal team, in court or as you negotiate. The Dream Team will help you get through—and beyond—divorce successfully.”
What are the challenges specific to your industry?
“Divorce can be stressful and often crisis- ridden for many couples. Having your divorce team focus on their field of expertise is a powerful way to lift you through the process. It’s important for our clients to understand what they are doing, have clarity on their situation, and know the outcome was fair and equitable.”
In what ways do you empower other women to succeed?
“When you can envision what needs to change in order to get where you want to go, it will help you feel the sensation of reaching your goal even before you get there. We explore the art of possibility and wholeheartedly celebrate your success.”