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Beverly Willett is a writer and former practicing attorney. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Prevention,, The New York Post, Parenting and The Daily Beast. She’s also a former Contributing Editor to Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine and a long-time advisor to She has appeared on radio and TV.

She is co-founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition for Divorce Reform, a volunteer, non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting efforts to reduce unnecessary divorce and promote healthy marriages.

A native of Southern Maryland, Willett has lived and worked in New York City for over 20 years. She attended Penn State University where she received a degree in political science, then moved to Washington, D.C. to get her law degree at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. As a lawyer, she has worked with the music organization ASCAP, Willkie Farr & Gallagher where she helped form one of New York City’s hottest off-Broadway theaters, MCC Theater, later becoming MCC Theater’s first Chairman of the Board. After Willkie, she headed up business affairs for CBS International before moving to Carro Spanbock Kaster & Cuiffo, where she represented well-known clients in the entertainment business.

Beverly now makes her home in Georgia where she writes and also advocates for the homeless.

Visit her website: for further information. Also visit the Coalition's website. Follow her on Twitter @BeverlyWillett. Beverly is also available for speaking engagements; please contact her through her website.

Entries by Beverly Willett

The Day My Daughter Became a Woman

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 5:43 PM

According to my mother, I transitioned from child to woman when I turned 12, the day I started my period.

"You're a woman now," she said, explaining that my ability to conceive conferred this new designation on me. With this induction into womanhood, she told me that I now had...

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Sometimes It's Okay to Bend the Rules

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 11:19 AM

"We already know all the rules," my daughter Ella and her friends said in unison, their voices downcast as we talked about the overnight school trip. That morning I'd learned the rules, too, at a meeting for parents who volunteered to chaperone some 120 fourth-graders from Brooklyn to Boston. No...

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Move Over, First Families: 'Blended' Families Are the New Game in Town

(38) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:52 AM

A few days ago, Honey Maid, the maker of a wide variety of well-known graham cracker products including the honey-flavored Teddy Grahams I once served my own children, unleashed the second installment in its "This is Wholesome" campaign.[1] The campaign, which is accompanied by two videos, celebrates stepfamilies and has...

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What Kids Want for New Year's

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 2:33 PM

I'd bet the house (if I still had one) that no kid sitting on Santa's knee this past Christmas wished for mommy and daddy to split up and live in separate houses. And I don't need a scientific survey to back me up.

It's not complicated, folks. Unless family...

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First Monday in October

(6) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 7:07 PM

"First Monday in October" is the catch phrase associated by many people with the movie starring Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh. In actuality, though, the phrase carries far greater significance -- it's the official name for the beginning of the U.S. Supreme Court's new term each year. For lawyers, this...

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Is Forever Feasible?

(10) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 6:34 PM

Despite news reports that marriage is in deep trouble in the U.S., Brigham Young University Professor Alan J. Hawkins says that marriage is not dead. In fact, Hawkins believes that even "forever" is feasible through implementation of a series of affordable, state-run educational initiatives. That's the...

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Is the Way We Divorce in America About to Change?

(179) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 3:30 PM

For more than four decades, Americans have by and large ignored the devastating consequences of divorce on our nation's families. So in 2011 we launched the Coalition for Divorce Reform (CDR), a non-partisan coalition of divorce reform leaders, marriage educators, domestic violence experts, scholars and concerned...

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How To Choose Your Next Husband

(643) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 2:57 AM

American women are clueless when it comes to knowing what it takes to get married and overcome divorce -- that's the bottom line in Suzanne Venker's new book How to Choose a Husband And Make Peace With Marriage. As John Gottman has pointed out,...

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The Number One Problem Facing America

(208) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 8:35 PM

The election is over, but our nation remains as divided as ever. In my view, however, the number one problem facing America today is not the deficit or unemployment or health care. It's family instability. And the welfare of our families and the health of our marriages is not a...

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We Are Seven

(172) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 2:30 AM

Wordsworth is my favorite poet, and "We Are Seven" is one of his best. It recounts a conversation between a gentleman and a delightfully "innocent" eight-year-old "little girl."

Ten years, ago, when my husband left, my daughter Ella was seven; a few months later she turned eight....

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Why Black Marriage Day?

(208) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 9:48 AM

Marriage rates in the United States have hit an all-time low, dropping from a 1960 high of 72 percent to just barely half. Leading family scholars are troubled. Studies show that children from cohabitating and single-parent households face increased risks for a wide range of...

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Is Lasting Bliss Really Possible?

(18) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 11:42 AM

"Marriage is dead," and "monogamy may be asking too much" were the headlines in 2011. But Lori Lowe, creator of the popular marriage blog, Marriage Gems, still says lasting bliss is possible.

The unusual suspects she interviewed for her new book, "First Kiss to Lasting...

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Are Stay-At-Home Parents At Financial Risk During Divorce?

(72) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 11:30 AM

Last year there were approximately five million stay-at-home moms in the United States. (The number decreased slightly from 2008, statistically insignificant according to the Census Bureau because of the recession.) In 2007, the Pew Research Center reported a significant uptick in the number of moms who...

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The Most Pioneering Divorce Reform Effort In 40 Years

(110) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 4:05 PM

America has the highest rate of divorce in the Western world, and the consequences to our nation's families have been devastating.

Each year tens of billions of taxpayer dollars are spent on the divorce-associated fallout, not including the millions spent by individuals hiring lawyers and obtaining a...

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No-Fault Divorce? Maybe Yogi Was Right

(88) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 3:46 AM

Last summer, former Governor Paterson signed a bill making New York the 50th and final state to enact no-fault divorce. Sponsors said a complaint for no-fault divorce would be irrefutable and thus obviate the need for any trial whatsoever with respect to grounds. I was heartbroken when...

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'Feminists Love Divorce!'

(2881) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:22 AM

"If there's one thing feminists love, it's divorce - they consider it liberating." That's just one of the claims Phyllis Schlafly and her co-author Suzanne Venker make in their new book, The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know - And Men Can't...

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Divorced + Children + Relocating? Fuhgeddaboudit!

(102) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 11:50 AM

I'm tired of the "wintry mix." Here in New York snowfall in January broke a record. My heating bills set a record, too, and the winter's far from over.

Long about this time every year I get the urge to head south, or west, for good. I'm aware that...

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When The One Who Got Away Is The One You Left

(20) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 10:34 AM

It's that time of year again. For regrets, resolving to do better next time, and making mends where amends need making. For many divorcees, the old wounds may have finally healed over enough to set foot out into the world again.

If you fall into the...

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Pinky Swears are Worthless and Other Lessons Divorce Teaches Our Children Well

(97) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 5:36 PM

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the Crosby, Stills Nash & Young hit song "Teach Your Children." It's also the 40th anniversary of the inception of the no-fault divorce craze. Since then, the parents of approximately one million children a year have gotten divorced. 40 years,...

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Pause! In the Name of Love

(42) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 11:03 AM

My daughter rolled her eyes when I first told her I might start blogging, her reaction most insightful, as it often is. So many people I know seem caught up in a non-stop e-mailing, tweeting, Facebook status posting, Blackberrying, texting, blogging, well -- roll. Me included, at times.


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