Getting Through a Divorce in One Piece

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Mother-daughter team of divorce advisors Nicole Baras Feuer and Francine Baras release new user-friendly how-to guide

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It goes through each stage from making the decision to separate, to getting through the divorce, to dealing with post-divorce issues.

We have all heard the widely known statistic – 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. So, why is there still a stigma associated with divorce if it’s so common?

Nicole Baras Feuer, M.S., a mediator and divorced mother of two, makes it a priority to help other families navigate the difficult process. Her mother, Francine Baras, L.C.S.W., a child of divorce, devoted her adult life to giving children a voice and advocating for children’s rights. They both believe divorce doesn’t have to be an ugly battle.

Their new book, “37 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Divorce,” is a how-to guide in getting a divorce the right way - before, during and after it happens. The authors provide useful, simple, straightforward tips on saving your children, your money and your sanity.

“No single factor contributed more to children’s self-reports of well-being after divorce than the continuing relationship between their parents,” the authors said. “Fathers are more involved in children’s lives than ever before and shared custody is now the norm. Parenting together is usually best for the kids when you are able to cooperate and work together.”

“37 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Divorce” aims to take away the negative stigma of divorce and help readers make tough decisions and deal with common issues the best way possible. It goes through each stage from making the decision to separate, to getting through the divorce, to dealing with post-divorce issues.

In 2012, the mother-daughter team founded Start Over Smart (SOS) and held a Divorce Expo in Manhattan. The hugely successful expo gave hundreds of people the chance to connect with divorce professionals and resources. Today, Nicole and Francine have a divorce advisory practice in Westport, Conn. For more information, visit

37 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Divorce
By Nicole Baras Feuer, M.S., and Francine Baras, L.C.S.W, with Lynn Prowitt, M.A
ISBN: 978-1-4525-8944-2
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Balboa Press online bookstores.

About the authors
Nicole Baras Feuer, M.S., has worked in the divorce field for more than ten years. She is a mediator with advanced training in custody and visitation, has run divorce groups and events, and now has a divorce advisory practice. Nicole’s professional experience, coupled with her own painful divorce journey, was the inspiration for this book.

Francine Baras, L.C.S.W., earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and has an advanced degree in child psychology and parent guidance. Francine has had a private practice in Manhattan for 25 years, specializing in child and family issues. She is also a divorce mediator.

Lynn Prowitt, M.A., is a veteran writer and editor, whose work has appeared in national magazines, books, newspapers and television. She has a master’s degree in psychology.
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