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50 Percent of African-American Marriages End in Divorce: Barclay Offers Advice on How to Go Through Divorce with Less Drama
Chicago, Ill.- More than 50 percent of all African-American marriages in the U.S. now end in divorce. Children of these dissolving marriages often become the unnecessary collateral damage from the painful and emotional rollercoaster that typically accompanies the legal process. Never has there been more of a need for a road map to guide families through these tumultuous waters than now.
Prominent Chicago African-American family attorney Lester L. Barclay's groundbreaking book The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down shares insight into this growing dilemma and encourages families to incorporate his tools into their divorce processes in order to ensure emotional stability for the children once the process comes to a finale.
"While there are many services that assist couples when it comes to preparing for marriage, the same does not hold true for showing them how to successfully dissolve a marriage on the opposite end," says Barclay. "There is no need for a divorce to be an emotional bloodbath. There is a better way to handle the situation while protecting all involved -especially the children - from unnecessary emotional damage."
Perhaps 70 percent of the book's message relates to divorces of all people, irrespective of their cultural background. The breakup of most couples comes with challenges for the divorcees to move ahead while continuing to resolve the drama encountered. However, The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down is a comprehensive book on divorce tailored specifically for the black community. This detailed guide skillfully shepherds readers through the often painful process of separation and divorce while seeking to minimize the drama and trauma for them and their children.
"Though partners fail at marriage, they need not fail at divorce," says Barclay. "This book addresses the specific characteristics and outside influences that play a role in the creation, maintenance and dissolution of marriages within the black community."
The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking up without Breaking Down covers the five dimensions of divorce -personal, legal and financial, family, community and life after - and the new family dynamics established post-divorce. Hardly any issue related to divorce and drama in the African-American divorce experience goes uncovered in this remarkably user-friendly guide.
The groundbreaking tools and information provided in The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down serve supplements to the services provided by divorce attorneys and have been created to show readers how to make the divorce process as peaceful as possible.
The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down is available in hardcover and as an ebook from Khari Publishing, Ltd., at www.DivorceandDrama.com. Regardless of where readers are in the divorce process, Barclay reminds them that it's not too late to impact the outcome and long-term effects the process will have on the children involved.
About The Author - Lester L. Barclay is the managing partner of the Barclay Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has practiced matrimonial law since 1985. In that time, he has earned a sterling reputation as a skilled litigator who seeks to maintain the family's integrity during and after divorce.
In addition to his law practice, Barclay is a legal advocate for the disadvantaged and a helpful mentor to young attorneys. He also has been actively involved in civic affairs, serving as president of both the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture and the Christian Community Health Center in Chicago, and he is a member of the Illinois African-American Family Commission.
His passionate calling is to help children who are so often the collateral damage in custody and divorce matters. Frequently, the court appoints him guardian ad litem to protect the interests of children in marital breakups.
Lester L. Barclay lives in Chicago with his wife, Dr. Sue Barclay, and their three children.