Divorce is big business for some companies
Susan Kim, Stephanie Graham
Going through a divorce, Sonja Fisher felt like a failure. "It can be something that's life stopping."
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 and divorce planners, a divorce toolkit and even a 'divorce in a box'.
Francine Haras is the co-founder of the group 'Start Over'. She explains, "Finally people really realize they need these resources."
Francine and her daughter Nicole created a conference focusing on divorce after Nicole'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," Nicole says.
Their 'Start Over Smart' event is a 2-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."
Therapists and psychological organizations say it's great to have new options for people to find help, but each scenario in splitsville can be very different. One universal bond: The recommendation to see a licensed professional.
Allison Pescosolido is with 'Divorce Detox'. She says, "It helps them lay the foundation for a new life, get closure from their past and transition through this process, healing the emotions."
Sonja says she's living proof. "There's not the drama that used to be there all the time."
While there's no clear cut statistic on the divorce business itself, it's clear it's in the billions, and growing bigger by the day.