Divorce Selfies: Would You Share One?

4 September 2015

Divorce Selfie

A Canadian couple have shared this picture of themselves outside the court where they were granted a divorce.

Shannon Neuman, a mum from Alberta in Canada, posted the image - which has been shared more than 34,000 times - on social media using the hashtag #divorceselfie in the hopes of inspiring other parents to divorce amicably for the sake of their children.

Along with the image Shannon wrote:

Here's Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce! But we're smiling?! Yep, we're kooky like that. Are we smiling because the partner we chose for forever turned out not to be the forever partner we needed? Of course not.

We're smiling because we have done something extraordinary (we think anyway!) We have respectfully, thoughtfully and honourably ended our marriage in a way that will allow us to go forward as parenting partners for our children, the perfect reason that this always WAS meant to be, so they will never have to choose.

They'll never have to wonder which side of the auditorium to run to after their Christmas concert or spring play, because we'll be sitting together. They won't have to struggle with their own wedding planning because we'll be sitting on the same side of the aisle - THEIR side.

We have struggled, but we have succeeded in the plan we came up with together, to come out on the other side as their two parents who live in two houses who give them two teams to love them up two times as much. And now that you know it's possible - please consider our way if you find yourself on this road, or share our message if we can help remind them that it's possible to love your kids more than you hate/distrust/dislike your ex (which we have felt at times on the journey but for the record we do actually like each other).

Nice work #teamneuman #divorceselfie

So what's your view on this story? And if you're not in a relationship with the other parent of your children, could you see yourself doing something like this? Is the #divorceselfie likely to become 'a thing' in your view?

TOPICS:   Parenting Tips

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