Divorced New Yorkers by the hundreds descended onto a Chelsea expo, organised by Francine Baras and Nicole Feuer, on Sunday for a one-stop shop selling all things ex.
At 'Start Over Smart: A Modern Divorce Expo', which ended on Sunday after a two day run, vendors and exhibitors offered tips on parenting through a divorce, tools to background check online dates and even 'divorce rings' with inspirational messages.
Attendees at the Metropolitan Pavilion event browsed nearly 100 stands, including divorce attorneys and mediators as well as financial planners, hair stylists and life coaches.
Jeff Morris, 45, of Commack, Long Island, said he came to get information on how to move forward with his divorce and custody proceedings.
'I knew I needed to delve into the process of getting a divorce instead of saying, ''Wait, maybe things’ll change,' the New York Daily News quoted Morris as saying.
'Right now, I’m mainly here for advice, and maybe get some help,' he said.
The co-founders said they were inspired to bring a divorce expo to New York after visiting one in Paris. Feuer said the expos help people find support and feel better during a difficult time.
'Divorce is a nightmare,' Feuer said.
'We’re here to say you can turn it into a positive experience for you, for your children,' she added.