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Divorce at Germany's Newsstands

Advice abounds for potential divorcees, with everyone queuing up to offer precious pearls of wisdom. And as if that were not enough, a magazine on the challenges of divorce is about to hit German newsstands.

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The face of the new divorce rag

Entitled Rose n krieg, or War of the Roses, the new bi-monthly magazine aims to cater for Germany's growing divorce market, with articles from lawyers, psychologists, therapists and accountants on all facets of a lasting separation.

The market for potential readers is significant as Germany's divorce rate has risen beyond the 200,000-a-year mark, affecting an estimated 400,000 people -- not including 170,000 school children.

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Splitting up is "in" among Germans

The journalist duo behind the new publication, Mike Neumann and Marion von Gratkowski, have experience in both magazine publishing and separation and divorce. And given that divorce is totally "in," as von Gratkowski said, launching a new publication on the subject seemed like the ideal venture.

So ma n y questio n s

Divorce throws up a multitude of questions that the happily-married never thought they would have to face. From how much alimony should be paid, to who gets custody of the children, who gets to stay in the shared home, with or without the family pet, to how to divide up the possessions and pay off joint debts.

The list is endless, and to have a lawyer answer every question could turn into a costly business.

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Contributors to the magazine are all specialists in their field. They aim to make sense out of legal jargon, and deal with the issues in a sensitive way. In addition, Rose n krieg has guest writers from the real world of divorce talk about their own experiences of life after marriage.

And on that note, the magazine does what it can to encourage down divorcees to pick themselves up and get back into the dating game. With articles which aim to teach readers how to get back in touch with their flirtatious side, instruct them on the best singles' haunts, or inform them on the best way to approach life as part of a patchwork family, Rose n krieg is not all doom and gloom.

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