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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

Australian rabbis are now considering making couples get a prenup, or they will refuse to marry them. Including in that prenuptial agreement would be the mandatory release not only of predetermined amount of cash but something more valuable — a …

Jerry Orbach's Son Attacks Step Mother

Monday, 11 August 2008 09:23
Stepmothers rarely get a break in the usual order of things. Although Elaine Cancilla-Orbach was married to "Law & Order" star Jerry Orbach for 25 years – yes folks, 25 years – his son is lashing out at his father's widow, claiming she cut him…
The divorce was a cautionary tale, a textbook case of what not to do. Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook may have settled their contentious case today, but the damage is already done.The emotional costs far exceed the $2.1 million dollars that…
Can a guy cheat on his wife and be involved in Internet porn and still be a good father? This question is being debated not only in the divorce trial between Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook but in kitchens and cafes and around water coolers across…

Elizabeth Edwards, Being a Good Wife

Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:04
Lately people are throwing poison darts at Elizabeth Edwards for supporting her husband’s bid for the Presidency even though she knew he was unfaithful. Excuse me?If a doctor’s wife finds out her husband has been unfaithful, should she…

New York: Time for No-Fault Divorce?

Thursday, 14 August 2008 11:46
New York is considered a progressive state, but it has always been a bit backward in its divorce law. The state that was home to “Sex & the City” is the only one in the U.S. that doesn’t accept no-fault divorce.As a result, in order…

Does John McCain?s Divorce Matter?

Friday, 15 August 2008 09:12
For the first time in American history, the two candidates for President have both been affected by divorce. Barack Obama’s mother, Ann, was divorced twice and had a child from each marriage. John McCain divorced his first wife, Carol, to marry …
Love is often elastic — and can retain its strength even after divorce. As soon as Travis Barker’s ex-wife, Shanna Moakler, heard that Barker, the former drummer for Blink 182, was seriously injured in a plane crash, she rushed to his…

Does an Affair Have to Lead To Divorce?

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 12:42
What is the tipping point that makes the public outraged about an affair? “Brothers and Sisters” star Balthazar Getty and his sassy seductress, Sienna Miller, are finding out.After they were caught in flagrante on a boat off the…

The Balthazar Getty Scandal

Thursday, 31 July 2008 10:38
The actor Balthazar Getty is getting a lot of pressure to return to his wife after his affair with Sienna Miller. But his wife, Rosetta, is understandably not making it easy for him. She's pissed off.Just for the record boys: When you cheat or…

A-Rod Playing Hardball with his Divorce

Thursday, 31 July 2008 16:44
Cynthia Rodriquez is trying to hit her Yankee slugger for more money, despite their pre-nup. But Alex Rodruiquez refuses to play that game. In fact, he just tossed out a curve ball.Responding to Cynthia’s July 7th divorce filing,…

Phil Collins?s Record Divorce Payout

Monday, 18 August 2008 12:02
Phil Collins isn’t having Another Day in Paradise this week, because he will be paying his third wife, Swiss-born Orianne Cevey, around $47 million in their divorce case, the largest payout ever by a British entertainer.But at least the…
Hulk Hogan's wrestling days may be behind him, but as E! News so aptly stated, he can still avoid being pinned.Judge George W. Greer of Florida released the pro wrestler from a commitment to purchase a $4.2 million Las Vegas condo, a property he…
Michael Phelps proved that children of divorced parents can achieve swimmingly.With his record 8 gold medals for the Beijing Olympics, the 23-year-old Phelps is considered the greatest Olympian in world history.The tribute goes to his mom Debbie, a…
After a lengthy separation, New Kids on the Block star Donnie Wahlberg and his wife Kim Fey are set to divorce.Fey, who has cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, is seeking sole custody of the couple's two children,…

Michael Strahan Scores Big in Divorce Appeal

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:20
Football great Michael Strahan has been granted a Giant relief. A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that he didn't have to pay $18,000 a month in child support of his 3-year-old twin daughters as part of his divorce settlement 

Married Couples Happy; Not Having Much Sex

Wednesday, 01 October 2008 18:40
Here's another reason that life is full of possibility, and that if your first marriage didn’t work, perhaps the next one will. A recent survey in Parade magazine found that 88 percent of couples interviewed said they were — drum…

Man Splits with Wife, then Splits House in Two

Thursday, 02 October 2008 11:28
Here's what happens when a divisive couple deals with a housing slump. A Cambodian couple resorted to a drastic solution to combat the country's notoriously corrupt and expensive court system by literally — and we mean literally — cutting…

Divorce Fallout Shadows Palin?s Campaign

Friday, 03 October 2008 20:50
Gov. Sarah Palin may be not be getting a wink of sleep now that an Alaska state judge allowed a probe to go forward into whether she abused her power. The Republican vice presidential nominee is under fire for pressuring Public Safety…
With the country embroiled in a tainted-milk scandal, a Chinese woman is suing her husband for the right to breastfeed her son, and therefore prevent her husband from divorcing her.What is as pure as mother’s milk, or as safe? That’s a…