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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

Madonna and Guy Ritchie: It's Over

Wednesday, 15 October 2008 10:04
Guess what Lourdes, Rocco and David Ritchie may get for Christmas? Their parents – pop star Madonna and movie director Guy Ritchie – are hoping to make their divorce final before Santa arrives. Oh what a treat for the…

The Health Risks of Divorce on Children

Tuesday, 09 September 2008 13:51
Now another reason why divorcing parents should minimize fighting – it’s bad for your kids’ health. No, not just their emotional health – we knew that – but stress affects your kids’ immune systems too and could create…
I always knew why Tea Leoni was wearing dark glasses at school pick-ups. Dark glasses become a protective shield against prying eyes. It's one thing if your husband has sexual problems at home, but when David Duchovny's sex addiction became …
Here's plain and simple advice from Diane English, the director and screenwriter of The Women, the remake of the vintage divorce movie opening this weekend: "Men come and go," she says, "Get yourself some girlfriends."The power of girlfriends is the …

Madonnamony

Monday, 20 October 2008 09:32
The material girl is going to pay some Madonnamony. That is our term for when a female celebrity like Madonna has to pay manimony in excess of $30 million. It was reported this weekend that Madonna and her soon-to-be-ex husband Guy…

The Remaining Wounds from 9/11

Thursday, 11 September 2008 13:28
It is a myth that time heals all wounds. Any anniversary of a loved one’s death becomes a crowbar that reopens those wounds. What is more accurate to say is that the loss of someone you love creates a permanent hole in your heart. But you can…

Sarah McLachlan Sings a Sad Song

Thursday, 11 September 2008 18:32
Sarah McLachlan isn't singing the blues, but she is singing about her impending divorce. The Canadian pop singer confirmed to Billboard that she is separated from her husband of 11 years and "sharing her grief with fans ...

Rangel Wrangled out of His Divorce

Saturday, 13 September 2008 14:58
If you lived with someone for 42 years, you know their habits — and secrets. Maybe that is why beleaguered New York Congressman Charles Rangel withdrew his divorce action against his wife on the same day he confessed his tax dodges in the…

Divorce Rates in Muslim Countries "Epidemic"

Tuesday, 16 September 2008 00:48
Here's a startling fact: Divorce rates in United Arab Emirates (UAE) countries have reached 46 percent, according to a Saudi Arabian study.In the U.S., the land where Islamic leaders criticize the so-called morally loose and oh-too-independent…

Madonna?s Pals Help Her Through Divorce

Tuesday, 21 October 2008 15:02
When you get divorced, you quickly learn who are your friends and who are your frenemies. Madonna must be smiling because Gwyneth Paltrow and Trudie Styler are publicly rallying behind their pop star pal.And let’s face it,…

Can Marriage Survive a Special Needs Child?

Thursday, 23 October 2008 16:00
On the campaign trail, Gov. Sarah Palin proudly holds her baby son, Trig, who has Down syndrome, and promises “to help families who have children with special needs.” You don’t have to know trigonometry to realize what that adds …

A-Rod Hits a Home Run in Divorce

Friday, 19 September 2008 12:02
A-Rod hit a home run without being a slugger. To the disappointment of tabloid shows that view divorce as a spectator sport, A-Rod and his wife, Cynthia, have reached an out-of-court settlement. His wife had filed for divorce two months ago."Cynthia …

Virtual Divorce Leads to Real Hurt Feelings

Friday, 24 October 2008 14:00
Getting divorced is an emotional experience – even if it happens in a virtual, online world. A Japanese woman got so angry when her virtual husband ditched her that she hacked the system to whack him.

Edwards Staying in Her Marriage for Her Kids

Saturday, 20 September 2008 12:40
As we say at FWW, you have to love your kids more than you hate your spouse after divorce. Now Elizabeth Edwards has applied the same logic to why she is staying in her marriage following the admission of her husband’s infidelity.In an…

Meg Ryan Calls Divorce "Liberating"

Tuesday, 23 September 2008 15:54
Meg Ryan was driven to it. After eight years of silence, she finally revealed why she was susceptible to falling into Russell Crowe’s arms. In an interview with InStyle magazine, Ryan, 46, said it was Dennis Quaid’s womanizing that helped…

Sharon Stone Loses Custody

Wednesday, 24 September 2008 11:42
It’s a “Basic Instinct” to want to raise your child. But Sharon Stone has lost the chance to have 8-year-old son Roan live with her after a California family court ruled that Roan will reside fulltime in San Francisco with her ex-husband, Phil …

Who?s Being Unfaithful?

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 18:14
We all hear the varying stats on infidelity: in one recent study of 4,884 married women, some 6 percent said in computer questionnaires that they had been unfaithful in the last year. But finally someone has addressed a more intriguing question in…

Career to Blame for Pink's Divorce

Friday, 26 September 2008 09:32
Pop sensation Pink isn’t blue that she’s through with her ex-husband, the motocross biker Carey Hart. But she does blame her career. She’s not alone in feeling work drove her marriage straight into the dirt.In an interview, Pink says, …

CBS Divorces "The Ex List"

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 11:48
CBS has crossed The Ex List off its schedule.The series stared Elizabeth Reaser as a 30-something woman who’s told by a psychic that if she doesn’t wed within a year, she’ll never walk down the aisle. Oh, and to complicate …

Domestic Violence and Jennifer Hudson's Tragedy

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 17:20
Rosie O'Donnell never minces words. Part of the reason we love her, right? In supporting Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, whose mother, brother and nephew were tragically murdered in Chicago, she blamed "guns and domestic violence."In her blog,…