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Expo reminds people that divorce is not abnormal

Recently divorced individuals in Jersey City, New Jersey may have heard that a special expo occurred in New York City. That expo was geared towards the transition that comes after a marriage ends. With the number of presenters, proprietors and people that were present, it is likely that the event was considered a success by its creators.

The divorce expo was called "Start Over Smart" and it was the brainchild of two women: a mother and a daughter. The mother is a family and child therapist while the daughter is a divorce mediator. Both have seen divorce and what it can do to a family and the individuals involved and they believe that it is time for society to stop feeling ashamed when the time for a marriage comes to a close.

Many have compared it to a wedding expo, with experts giving advice, vendors selling goods and attendees looking for guidance and help with their present circumstance. According to some attendees, the event had a self-help feel to it.

This is what the creators wanted when they originally hatched the idea of a divorce expo. Many believe that the first thing you should do when a divorce occurs is run to an attorney, but the mother-daughter team believes that the first person that should be called is a therapist, a divorce coach or anyone that can help deal with the emotional turmoil that this sudden event can cause.

With the help of a board of advisors, the expo carefully examined each and every exhibitor and presenter. This allowed them to ensure that the messages being told to audience members and attendees were in line with the ideas that they had as a group.

One of the presenters that appeared at the divorce expo spoke about collaborative law which is similar to divorce mediation. Like mediation, both parties attempt to resolve the divorce and the associated proceedings without heading to court. Unlike mediation, both parties have legal counsel that can advise them on what to do.

Many people who become divorced feel ashamed and this should not be the case. An outreach event such as this helps remind individuals that divorce happens.

Source: WNYC, "At Divorce Expo: Advice and Solace," Brigid Bergin, April 2, 2012

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