There could be a happy divorce at the end of all of this.
Nikki DeBartolo and Benjamin Heldfond
About Nikki DeBartolo and Benjamin Heldfond
Nikki DeBartolo and Benjamin Heldfond are co-authors of the book Our Happy Divorce: How ending our marriage brought us together.
From weeknight dinners and homework sessions to Christmas card photos and vacations, Nikki and Ben have created a tight-knit, enviable family. They work and play well together, from the smallest daily tasks to the biggest life events—and it only took a divorce to get them there. Though their marriage has been over for nearly a decade, they still share a happy life with each other and their son Asher, along with their spouses and children.
Nikki and Ben had hoped their wedding would start their happily ever after—but seven years, one child, and countless financial and familial entanglements later, their I do-s had turned into We can’t-s. Armed with their fierce love for their son and a desire to give him the best, they realized they needed to find an alternative to the seemingly inevitable toxic divorce that loomed over their lives.
Refusing to participate in the standard litigious legal divorce process, they devised a new strategy and worked to confront their hurt feelings and fragile egos head-on. Committed to putting Asher’s needs first in every decision, they helped each other heal and build a future. Their happily blended family today is a testament to their commitment to a few core principles and their incredible son—during the divorce and beyond.
Throughout the book, Nikki and Ben elaborate on the difficulties of their divorce experience, their individual pains and triumphs, as well as their unique approach to relationships and blended families. Their story is sure to inspire others to pursue something few believe possible...a happy divorce.