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Divorce in British Columbia doesn't have to be all doom and gloom

It seems rather than pine away for months after getting divorced, people are celebrating instead. Women, especially, in British Columbia are turning what some see as a negative into a positive by doing things after they divorce that are usually associated with happy occasions -- like throwing a party. Breaking up is hard to do, but it doesn't have to mean the end of the world.

Those who do these things say they are celebrating the people who helped them get through one of the toughest times in their lives. Divorce parties are meant to be more soothing rather than celebratory. It is a way of getting over the heartache of divorce. Sometimes these occasions come complete with photographers and divorce registries -- for those who lost much of their belongings after a split.

This has become such a popular phenomenon that websites now exist to help the newly divorced plan their divorce party. In addition to wedding planners these days, divorce party planners help their clients bury the symbols of a marriage that has ended. Clearly, divorce is no longer something about which to be ashamed, but a distinctly marketable, although unhoped for, life event.

Married couples don't plan on divorcing. But sometimes things happen and for whatever reasons, couples do split up. British Columbia residents heading for divorce would be wise to enlist the help of a lawyer experienced in family law. He or she would be able to offer guidance as to what to expect from the divorce process and offer suggestions about making the proceedings more amicable and less costly. 

Source: theglobeandmail.ca, "Breakup blowouts: How the divorce party is coming on strong for young divorcees", Zosia Bielski, Accessed on Sept. 11, 2017

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