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Prof. Andrew Schepard Comments in New York Observer Story on Growing Divorce Wellness Marketplace

Andrew Schepard, Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law

Uber for Divorce? These Startups Are Bringing DIY Divorces to the Masses
Why everyone and his (ex) mother (in-law) are entering the divorce wellness marketplace
By Wendy Paris
Feb. 3, 2016


Conscious uncoupling points to another reason for the growth of split-up services: our attitude toward the institution of divorce has changed. Before no-fault law, divorce was a punishment meted out for a moral transgression, such as adultery or abandonment, or a crime, though the permissible grounds varied state by state. No-fault divorce ended the legal pairing of divorce and blame, and began a broader conceptual shift.

“Today we view divorce as a reorganization, almost like a bankruptcy. The family unit needs to come out of bankruptcy to be reorganized because it still has to function as a unit,” said Andrew Schepard, director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University and author of Children, Courts and Custody: Interdisciplinary Models for Divorcing Families.

A version of this article appears in the Feb. 8, 2016, issue of the New York Observer on page 32 with the headline “Conscious Uncoupling, Inc.: A Slew of Startups Signals the End of the Stigma of Divorce. Good Riddance.”

Read the full article.