LANSING, me. – Divorce is seldom easy. A process that becomes even more complicated during a pandemic. Lawyers say they’ve seen a surge in calls for months. As Amanda Brandeis shows us, programs designed to assist families with divorce are expanding to meet needs.
There is no playbook about divorce. Nikki Bruno divorced: “I felt miserable in my marriage, the extent of the conflict in our relationship had increased sharply.” She filed for divorce with two young children without knowing how traumatic and painful the conflict would be for years .
“Financially, certainly emotionally – I mean, the process almost broke me. As the pandemic forced lockdowns on cities, it felt like it was for anyone going through the process now.
“When the tension was bigger than I can ever describe to you. If we had been in quarantine during this time, I would feel like something would have been blown up. “Bob Vona, CEO and founder of vesta, explained:” It is really difficult to do this alone, and COVID makes it enormously more difficult because all the other stressors and stresses, the loss of jobs or dealing with children 24 hours a day are home on the day to educate them. ”
Bob Vona is the co-founder of Vesta – a company founded by people affected by divorce to help others with complex processes. “Where they can be empowered to make informed, rational, and healthy decisions before the sign on the dotted line of their divorce.”
With hubs across the country, Vesta’s divorce professionals offer free training. consisting of lawyers, brokers, financial advisors, therapists, and educational advisors. Bruno attended an event five years ago.
“The primary emotion was that I felt relieved. and I also felt a little more grounded and a little more powerful because of the information. “Vesta put its platform online during the pandemic and saw an increase in customers – 4,500 so far compared to 1,500 last year because professionals pay a fee to be on the Vesta team. Events are free for participants. Many end up hiring a professional who suits their needs.
“Coast-to-coast, Massachusetts to California lawyers estimate that if you are in the process of divorce and you are brand new to the process of going through the divorce process, it will take you at least two years.”
Nikki Bruno shared, “Like it or not, divorce is an opportunity to start over.” Bruno’s divorce inspired her to change her career path – from a leadership coach to a divorce and empowerment coach.
She says divorce doesn’t define a person, and with work it’s possible to get out better on the other side.
Everyone is welcome to attend the free virtual events even if our state does not have an official hub.
You can register online at www.vestadivorce.com.
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