Divorce Expo

19 Jun

I read about a new event that is starting to pop up across the country – the Divorce Expo.

What is that you ask?  Think about the standard wedding fair – featuring different wedding-related vendors (photographers, caterers, travel agencies, tux rental shops, jewelers, etc.) showcasing their wares to newly engaged women and couples.  Now, apply the same concept to people going through a divorce.

While I plan to never be in need of those services, the idea makes a lot of sense.  Going from being in a 10 or 20 year relationship to being alone and feeling like you’re starting over has to be a scary and lonely feeling.  There are lots of services (and support) that a newly divorced person could use, and being able to connect with multiple providers in one setting has to be a reassuring feeling.  From a business perspective, I think there is some definite potential to the concept.

However, one point definitely needs to be made:

Can we as a society relax our paranoid fears that allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry will cheapen or ruin the sacred institution of marriage?

Seriously, when there is a strong need for a Divorce Expo, I think we can all agree that gay and lesbian marriage is not going to do any further damage.

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2 Responses to “Divorce Expo”

  1. joost1960 June 20, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Thinking about marriage and divorce is beginning to change, in part as a result of our community at large beginning to recognize the damage that is done to many when following the conventional process.
    LGBT couples in a committed relationship and those who decide not to formally confirm their relationship through marriage, potentially have an even more difficult path ahead of them when the decision is made to separate. There are no formal ‘rules’ for these situations as there are in the case of marital relationships.
    The name of these expo’s is really there to attract attention. The purpose of these events is much broader and they will be successful over time when the focus is on assisting with ‘relationships in transition’.

    • Feit Can Write June 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      You make great points, and I agree the “divorce expo” name is a rather attention-getting name that does not necessarily include the other groups that could benefit from the event.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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