More products, services available to help make divorce easier

Published On: Apr 30 2013 07:08:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 30 2013 07:00:00 AM EDT

Going through a divorce, Sonja Fisher felt like a failure.

“It can be something that’s life stopping,”she said.

So she signed up for Divorce Detox, a program that promises to teach you how to feel better, not bitter.

Divorce Detox is one of many new programs, products and services designed to take the pain out of a split.  These days, you can find divorce coaches, divorce plannersa divorce toolkit and even a "Divorce in a Box."

“Finally people really realize they need these resources," said  Francine Haras, co-founder of Start Over Smart.

Mother daughter team Francine Baras and Nicole Feuer created a conference focusing on divorce after Feuer's marriage ended.

“I think companies are starting to recognize that there are millions of people getting divorced and it’s a niche that needs to be served,” said Feuer.

Haras and Feuer's Start Over Smart event is a two-day conference and expo where divorcees can learn about all of the help that is now available. 

“We provide all the services people would need that they don’t even think about; career advice, dating advice, advice on your children,” said Feuer.

While there's no clear cut statistic on the divorce business itself, it's clear it's in the billions of dollars, and growing bigger by the day.

Therapists and psychological organizations say it's great to have new options for people to find help, but with between 850,000 to 950,000 divorces every year, they stress each scenario in a split can be very different.  One universal bond: The recommendation to see a licensed professional.

“It helps them lay the foundation for a new life, get closure from their past and transition through this process, healing the emotions,” said Allison Pescosolido, MA with Divorce Detox.

Fisher says she's living proof adding, “There’s not the drama that used to be there all the time.”

In regards to this trend, a representative from the Family Institute at Northwestern University explained all the additional avenues for help are a great option for those going through divorce, but he also stresses each divorce can be different and each individual may need tailor-made help and guidance, which they can find with a licensed therapist.


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