Coral Springs


1725 N. University Drive

Suite 350

Coral Springs, FL 33071

Telephone: (954) 227-2700

Fax: (954) 227-2704

Linda Berlin, Psy.D.


Psychological Associates

Boca Raton


7000 W. Palmetto Park Road

Suite 407

Boca Raton, FL 33433

Telephone: (561) 347-0997

Fax: (561) 347-0996


Total divorces granted in 1997:


Percentage of population that is married:

59% (down from 62% in 1990, 72% in 1970)

Median age at first marriage:

Males: 26.9
Females: 25.3

Median age at first divorce:

Males: 30.5
Females: 29

Median age at second marriage:

Males: 34
Females: 32

Median age at second divorce:

Males: 39.3
Females: 37

Median duration of first marriages that end in divorce:

Males: 7.8 years
Females: 7.9 years

Median duration of second marriages that end in divorce:

Males: 7.3 years
Females: 6.8 years

Median number of years people wait to remarry after their first divorce:

Males: 3.3 years
Females: 3.1 years

Percentage of married people who reach their 5th, 10th, and 15th anniversaries:

5th: 82%
10th: 65%
15th: 52%

Percentage of married people who reach their 25th, 35th, and 50th anniversaries:

25th: 33%
35th: 20%
50th: 5%

Likelihood of new marriages ending in divorce in 1997:


Percentage of first marriages that end in divorce in 1997:


Percentage of remarriages that end in divorce in 1997:


Percentage of divorced women who remarry within five years as of 1995:


Estimated average length of divorce proceedings in 1997:

1 year

People who are divorced (2000):

Males: 8,572,000 (8.3%)
Females: 11,309,000 (10.2%)

People who are separated (2000):

Males: 1,818,000 (1.8%)
Females: 2,661,000 (2.4%)

Number of people divorcing each year as of 1997:

2.5 million

Drop in standard of living of females after divorce as of 2000:


Number of women who are stalked by a husband or ex-husband every year as of 1997:


Number of men who are stalked by a wife or ex-wife every year as of 1997:












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Divorce Coaching

Marsha Flood, MS, LMHC, NCC

Today, approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce.  Anger and depression are common feelings for people who are in the process of ending their marriages.  In addition, they may experience feelings of rejection and abandonment.  To be left by a loved one is a huge blow to self-esteem and can lead to a sense of failure and helplessness.

No other life experience impacts people on as many levels as does divorce.  Some of the experiences of divorce are: 

  • Emotional Divorce – Loss of a loved one.
  • Economic Divorce – Change in financial situation/lifestyle.
  • Co-parental Divorce – Change in parenting responsibilities.
  • Community Divorce – Change of identity among family, friends, work.
  • Psychological Divorce – Fear of aloneness and loneliness.

Simultaneously, as people are trying to cope with the above stressors, they are involved in the process of Legal Divorce.

They are now part of a system that may seem confusing and adversarial.  They face a seemingly never-ending series of challenges and frustrations just as they are experiencing the greatest emotional distress.  Highly emotional people who are entering a dispassionate system may react and behave in ways that are completely contrary to their normal behavior.

Data indicates that of the total amount of time spent in verbal exchanges between divorcing individuals and their attorneys, 22 to 40 percent of it is spent discussing the client’s emotional or psychological problems.  This leaves less time for the attorney to focus on the task of obtaining a successful outcome for the client AND increases the client’s fees.

Divorce coaching is a direct, focused, short-term way to help the divorcing individual contain feelings and manage mood states during this extremely emotionally-charged time. 

A skilled divorce coach: 

  • Helps manage and contain conflict
  • Fosters self-esteem
  • Teaches stress management
  • Educates
  • Teaches communications skills
  • Creates opportunities for solutions
  • Helps client understand and cope with the children’s reactions and behavior
  • Helps client prepare for critical legal events.

Divorce coaches work collaboratively with family law attorneys to help reduce the pain of divorce and make the process smoother.

If you would like to learn more about Marsha Flood click here or if you would like to know more about how divorce coaching can help you, please call Marsha Flood, MS, LMHC, NCC at (954) 227-2700. Ms. Flood is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.  She is in practice with Linda Berlin, Psy.D. & Psychological Associates in Coral Springs and Boca Raton.

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