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.”