SOURCE: Shani and Jane re-Design

Shani and Jane re-Design

February 01, 2011 16:18 ET

Downsizing Divorced Dads -- Single Dads Stressed by Poor Economy and Responsibilities of Fatherhood Need Help Creating a "Real Home" for Themselves and Their Kids

GLENVIEW, IL--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - Many people view the New Year as a time for new beginnings -- a time to take stock and make a fresh start. But for divorced fathers who suddenly find themselves on their own and sharing custody of their kids, the New Year may mean more stress. It's no secret that the divorce rate is high. But, not so well known are the challenges faced by the approximately three million divorced dads in the U.S. -- the emotional and financial downside of a separation. Divorce often means moving to a smaller home, adjusting to a tighter budget and spending less time with their children, frequently leading to anxiety, depression and concerns about their children's quality of life, according to SHANI and JANE re-DESIGN, Skokie, IL.

Chicago area divorce attorney, Van A. Schwab, has more than 32 years of experience in family law. In joint custody cases, he has seen firsthand how important a stable home environment is for a father and child. "A variety of issues need to be resolved in a divorce, including the division of marital property, deciding where the children will live and the amount of time they will spend with each parent," explained Schwab. In working with divorced dad clients, Schwab believes it's essential that single dads create and perpetuate a "new" home environment that is inviting and child friendly.

Nancy R. Liebman, president of Evanston, IL-based Liebman Associates, Inc., is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who provides financial analysis and recommendations specific to divorce and has seen the monetary impact divorce has on people. "Getting a divorce can be a traumatic experience. When securing your future, it's important to be educated on the various financial ramifications." The newly divorced father needs to make important decisions. He is often completely overwhelmed with the financial and emotional problems that come with setting up his own residence. 

Divorced dad, Marc Pershin, says that divorce turned his life upside down. He had to regroup and start over, moving from a 5,000 square foot home in north suburban Chicago to a 1,400 square foot condominium. And somehow he had to fill in the gaps and make his new place a real home both for himself and for his son when they are together.

"It was life-changing. My new place was much smaller than what I lived in before. I really didn't know how to put a space together that my son could call his very own," said Pershin.

SHANI and JANE re-DESIGN (, an interior design firm located in Skokie, IL, was called in to help. Adept at helping home-owners transform their environment by using what they already own, they also help divorced dads create beautiful, functional and organized new homes so they can spend more quality time with their kids.

"We work on creating a home that, among other things, will allow children to feel that their new environment with their father feels permanent, comfortable and safe, rather than transient. The feeling of permanence in a home is so important, not only to the dad, but also to the kids when it's their time to be with dad," said Shani. "It's also important to eliminate the feeling of clutter and chaos, so we help to create an environment that functions and flows smoothly and efficiently and, most importantly, allows children to feel at home," said Jane.

"It made a big difference for me," Pershin said. "My main concern was getting the feeling of a real home and they were sensitive to that. They listened to me. And, during last Thanksgiving, I was able to create an intimate dinner for eight people without feeling constrained by my new 1,400 square foot condo."

Changing his home environment has been a positive change for Pershin and he is looking forward to his new life. He and his son can enjoy their time together and he once again has a place he can call home.

"It is very satisfying that our work with clients such as Marc can make such a positive impact in the quality of their lives at such a difficult time. We really enjoy working with people in various life transitions such as empty-nesters, blended families, seniors and those that are downsizing," said Shani and Jane.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:

    4138 Greenwood Street
    Skokie, Illinois 60076
    Tel: 847.675.7575 or 847.644.1908

    Norwin A. Merens
    NM Marketing Communications
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