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Jill Brooke

Over a ten-year period, while a pop culture and business correspondent on CNN's "Showbiz Today" and "Your Money," Ms. Brooke got divorced, happily remarried and thrust into the world of step-parenting. As a result, she started reporting on divorce and blended families and became an expert in this field. Her contributions to The New York Times have included, "Honey, I'll Marry You But No Kids," Living Apart Together (LAT) Relationships," and "Revenge Decor." She has also written for New York Magazine, AdWeek, Harpers Bazaar, Chicago Tribune, Metropolitan Home, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal. Earlier in her career, Ms. Brooke worked at ABC's "Nightline" and as an entertainment columnist for the New York Post. While at the Post, she revamped Hampton's Magazine and later became the Editor in Chief of Travel Savvy, Avenue, and Show Circuit Magazine. She has also been a contributor to CBS' "Early Show" where she did several series on divorce, and is the author of the bestselling book, "Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life", which was featured on "Oprah". She has been writing for the web since 1998 when CNN started their Internet division. Mr. Brooke is a certified Stepfamily Foundation coach, and is currently finishing her second book, "The Wacky World of Divorce".

Jill Brooke

Most Recent Articles

Parents worried about the lasting impact of divorce on their children can take solace from Georgina Bloomberg. The equestrian daughter of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Georgina says that her parents’ divorce was “the best thing that ever…

I-vana Divorce

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 09:42
In the movie “First Wives Club,” Ivana Trump immortalized the words, “Don’t get mad, get everything.” In her indomitable way, she has done just that by shedding her latest husband, Rossano Rubicondi after seven…

Demi Moore Blends Bruce into Holidays

Friday, 05 December 2008 15:29
Demi Moore recently starred in the film Flawless, an adjective that can also apply to her divorce. The actress, who is married to Ashton Kutcher, 30, says that she plans on having her ex-husband Bruce Willis, his girlfriend Emma…
The  diagnosis for the marriage between Private Practice star Kate Walsh and 20th Century Fox executive Alex M. Young is terminal. Young filed for divorce in Los Angeles citing the usual "irreconcilable differences" in ending their 15-month …
In an annual survey of 1,600 British youngsters, kids under 10 thought being fat was worse than being divorced — however, the split-up of their parents was a close second. In fact, if given the ability to be King or Queen for a day, the law…
Here is yet another reason to be grateful that you are a woman born in the U.S.A. and not in Saudi Arabia. A while back we reported on an 8-year-old Yemeni girl who wanted to leave the 30-year old man her father had forced her to marry. We…
Some want you to believe that love is merely a science and there’s a formula to determine whether you will stay together or divorce. One of those places is The Journal of Family Psychology which released a study showing that those in…
 This is not gossip but truth: Kelly Rutherford, who plays scheming Lily van Der Woodsen on the oh-so-hip Gossip Girl, has filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Daniel Giersch.Okay, you have to wonder what is really going on…

Divorces Set to Spike in January: Experts

Monday, 05 January 2009 10:16
 It has long been known that January is the month that most people divorce. With that in mind, lawyers in London actually picked a specific date for D-Day — as in, divorce day: The first Monday after children return to school. In England,…

Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane to Divorce

Wednesday, 07 January 2009 14:41
Patricia Arquette has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Thomas Jane. The two married in June of 2006 and have a daughter, Harlow Olivia, who was born in 2003. Turns out that their courtship lasted longer than their marriage. Though one …

Obama and the Politics of Blended Families

Tuesday, 13 January 2009 07:32
 When Barack Obama is inaugurated next Tuesday, he will be both the first African-American and interracial president in our nation’s history. However, he is a product of another “blend” as well:  A blended family. Obama is a…
Because pain makes you self-centered, we have divorce stories where a man wants his kidney back from his soon-to-be ex-wife and an ex-wife spikes her daughter’s teddy bear with a listening device to spy on her ex-husband. Yes, folks, this is the…
It used to be that parents were the ones counseling kids to have pre-nups and not be silly romantics. But these days with 500,000 new marriages a year between couples over the age of 65, it's more likely that it's the adult kids of divorce&
The so-called Oscar curse where a smart beautiful woman's success bruises her husband's delicate ego compelling him to run into the arms of some dim-witted damsel du jour is missing a crucial ending. It can turn into a blessing and many of…
Leave it to the Greeks to understand the many nuances of love. Unlike any other language, Greek has five words - not one - to delineate the enormity of love: the love derived from friends and family, the love of work, the love for children and the…

Elizabeth Edwards and the Toll of Infidelity

Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:03
Maybe because I deal with a lot of divorced women who have had their hearts sautéed in a frying pan as a result of infidelity and disappointment, I am not surprised that Elizabeth Edwards could be both Saint Elizabeth and Lady Macbeth.Some women…
Here’s a story that explains why a woman is more likely than a man to end a marriage. A husband goes to a doctor and says, “Every time my wife and I get into a fight, she gets historical.” “Don’t you mean hysterical?” asked the doctor.
Okay all you brides and grooms getting married in the coming months. It's time for a change. And that change is to banish the words "Till Death Do Us Part" from your wedding vows. The words "Till Death Do Us Part" have defined how we look at…
If divorce is in the future of duplicitous two-timers Gov. Mark Sanford to reality TV's Jon Gosselin, these men will have to navigate co-parenting. However, a growing trend shows that many men become better parents post-divorce ...

When Pink Slips Force Alimony Adjustments

Wednesday, 08 April 2009 18:42
The other day I was speaking to an ex-wife whose husband had lost his job and asked for what is known in the divorce business as a modification. This means the spouse — usually the husband — goes back to court to modify the alimony and…