As about half of all marriages continue to end in divorce, many couples in the Kent area spend a lot of time researching their divorce options. From how to find a qualified lawyer, to dealing with the emotional issues and those of any children involved, to moving on after the divorce--there are many issues to consider. The need for such information was recently recognized in New York when the region's first ever divorce expo was held last month.
As a wedding expo is somewhere a person can meet with bakers, photographers and florists, a divorce expo is a place to sit in on seminars about coping with infidelity and panels about parenting after divorce. The New York expo also allowed attendees to meet financial planners, attorneys and dating coaches.
"Start Over Smart: A Modern Divorce Expo" was not about promoting divorce, according to organizers, but rather about finding information and building community. The organizers, a mother and daughter pair, recently observed a similar event in Paris and thought it would be a good thing to bring back to the states.
The two said in a news report that they hoped their expo helped lessen the social stigma that is sometimes placed on divorce and rather showed that while going through divorce is a very difficult time, there are a number of resources to help people through it.
According to a news article, both advocates and critics have emerged discussing the divorce expo's role. Critics say the expo simply promotes divorce to couples who may be able to reconcile. Advocates counter that it is an informative event and a way to network with people who are going through a similar situation.
Source: Wall Street Journal, "Divorce Enters Expo Age," Sumathi Reddy, March 28, 2012