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Texas - is a divorce party for you?

We have all heard of the bachelor party and the bachelorette party, but divorce party? Texas readers of our blog may actually have attended a few of these parties, if not thrown one themselves. According to a recent report in TIME magazine, they are becoming quite popular and big business as well. Consider the size of the wedding industry itself, then consider the fact that half of marriages end in divorce, enter the divorce party, complete with party planners and "Just divorced" party supplies, specialized "divorce cakes" and packaged limousine services including VIP club passes.

One owner of a novelty supply company says his line of "Divorce Diva" supplies are selling like crazy which indicates there is a growing need or desire for women to want to celebrate their divorce. The business owner would not disclose how much his business has grown but he did say that ex-wives are usually the ones throwing the parties. One of the company's top resellers said the divorce line of party supplies and favors are up 30 percent in just three years and the trend appears to be growing as time goes on. She said that seven out of ten orders are for divorce parties.

One party planner who specializes in divorce parties said her business has tripled in less than three years, even during the recession with three parties per month ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 per party. Another party-planning business in Las Vegas said its business has gone up 70 percent with divorce parties ranging in all sizes. The festivities may sound fun, but first you have to get divorced and depending on how your divorce proceedings transpire may be a reason in and of itself to throw a party.

Getting a divorce is usually a difficult and emotionally involved time. Choosing a divorce attorney who focuses on mediation and collaborative law techniques could make a real difference in whether your divorce is amicable and smooth or wrought with discord and animosity. The longer a couple has been married the more issues there will likely be to discuss from marital assets to alimony and child support, if young children are in the mix. Once a divorce is finalized, the changes that come about when an unhappy marriage is dissolved can sometimes be worth celebrating.

Source: TIME, "The Booming Business of 'Divorce Parties'," Martha C. White, Oct. 15, 2012

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