Westport Magazine, January 2021

To kick off the New Year, we decided to tackle one of most polarizing subjects on the planet: divorce. And yes, I can almost hear the collective bristling and baring of your teeth. I understand – no one wants to get divorced just as no one wants to get sick or go bankrupt. But it happens.

Before diving into these shark-infested waters, a few caveats: First, a divorce is the outcome of a negative experience which can and should be treated with dignity and respect. Second, we are not encouraging uncoupling; we’d love for every single marriage to last forever and ever. Lastly, I am living proof that an amicable divorce and happy future is possible.

Personally, I was devastated about getting a divorce. I was told my life would be over, my kids would suffer irreparably, and I’d forever bear the stigma of being an “ex.” Luckily, none of that happened. So if you’re going through a divorce, don’t listen to people. Listen to a trusted attorney.

Fortunately, we’ve already started these conversations for you. Attorneys Carole Orland and Eric Broder from Broder Orland Murray & DeMattie LLC, Peter Bryniczka from Schoonmaker George Colin Blomberg Bryniczka & Welsh, P.C., and Jill Bicks and Livia DeFilippis Barndollar from Pullman & Comley LLC.

Oh – I did receive one piece of good advice from a friend: “You have no choice, you just have to go through it.” So stand up straight, buy an expensive pair of shoes, and take your first steps to the other side.

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