Divorce expos offer information and support to divorcees

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Divorce on Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weddings are a time of happiness and joy. People gather together and celebrate. For many newlyweds, there is a clear path into a bright future. But according to a recent Census Bureau analysis, many of these happy marriages end in divorce, and when a marriage ends, individuals are often left lonely and wondering what steps to take next. People who are going through divorces in Missouri and nationwide are beginning to reach out and seek the comfort of others in similar situations.

In order to cater to the high numbers of recently divorced individuals, a mother-daughter team that includes a divorce mediator and a family therapist, decided to hold a divorce expo. A counterpoint to the mega-expos put on by the multimillion-dollar wedding industry, the divorce expos are an opportunity for individuals to get advice, information, and connect with others going through the same process.

The expos include everything from divorce planning tips, information on long-term insurance, and seminars such as “Sensuality Secrets” and “My Formerly Hot Life.” The woman who started the expo modeled it after a similar event held in Paris.

Why did they do it? One of the women said: “There is no coming together of people going through divorce as there are at a wedding expo, where you get your dress, you get your veil, you get an event planner, you pick out your invitations. Weddings are a known quantity. Getting divorced is an unknown quantity.”

Statistics show that roughly one out of every two people that get married divorce. With such high rates, it looks like the marriage expos may have some competition.

Source: Associated Press, “Divorce expo a counterpoint to wedding industry,” Leanne Italie, April 6, 2012

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