About half of all marriages end in divorce nowadays, but the process doesn’t have to be as acrimonious or painful as some folks fear, say legal, mental health and financial experts.
“Divorce Options” is a series of workshops set for Fishkill, Poughkeepsie and White Plains this fall.
They are being conducted by members of the nonprofit community organization, Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association.
Participants can use the basic knowledge and unbiased information they gain there to understand and navigate the often-overwhelming process of divorce. Topics include: peaceful divorce through mediation, collaborative or cooperative divorce and court litigation.
The workshops also will help divorcing spouses deal with issues of guilt, anger and grief, and to move forward with their transition from married to single life.
The cost for each three-hour workshop is $45 (cash or check, no credit cards) at the door or $40 at Eventbrite.com.
To get tickets on Eventbrite.com, first search for your area (Fishkill, White Plains or Poughkeepsie), scroll down the list until you find “Divorce Options” and then click “tickets.”
Clergy and mental health professionals can attend for free by presenting their business cards.
The White Plains workshops start Saturday, Oct. 1 , and are the first Saturday of every month.
The Fishkill workshop starts Saturday, Oct. 1 , and are every other month until June.
The Poughkeepsie workshop starts Saturday, Nov. 5 , and continue every other month through May.
They take place at the following times and locations:
- White Plains: Registration, 8:30 a.m.; program, 9 a.m. to noon; 333 Westchester Ave., South Building, cafeteria.
The experts who will be leading the White Plains workshop will be: Mark Bass (legal), Steven Kaplan (financial) and Allison Bell (mental health).
- Fishkill: Registration, 8:30 a.m.’ program 9 a.m. to noon; Courtyard Marriott, 17 Westage Drive, Route 9/184.
Leading the Fishkill workshops will be: Kathryn S. Lazar (legal), Jon Tanner, (financial) and Micki McWade, (mental health).
- Poughkeepsie: Registration, 8:30 a.m. program 9 a.m. – to noon; Courtyard Marriott, 2641 South Road (Route 9).
The experts leading the Poughkeepsie sessions will be: Maura Barrett (legal), Wayne Quint (financial) and Howard Susser (mental health)
For more information, go to www.divorceoptionsinfo.org .