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Documenting Conscious Uncoupling

Posted by Amanda C. Monteagudo | Sep 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

As you may have noticed, everyone seems to be taking “selfies” to document important events in his/her life and share them with their many social media followers. The latest selfie trend, however, is somewhat surprising -- Couples are now taking “divorce selfies” as they file for divorce with his/her significant other.

Last week, a couple from Calgary, Canada posted a divorce selfie on Facebook, and the photo has since gone viral, leaving many wondering -- Since when is getting a divorce something to celebrate? The image has been shared 35,000 times since last Wednesday, and has received mixed reviews. Some frown upon the celebration of the death of a marriage, while others congratulate the couple for making a conscious decision to seek happiness.

Divorce selfies have become increasingly more common, as couples begin to realize that they might be better off without one another. It is as though these couples are taking the negative stigma out divorce and, instead, have turned it in to a transition period. Many of the divorce selfies include a caption stating that the divorce will provide them a chance to effectively co-parent their children without getting caught up in the negativity that their marriage had begun to generate.

Divorce has a bad reputation. Society has painted divorce as an undesirable event that wreaks havoc on a sacred institution. However, not all divorces have to be that way. It is possible for couples to amicably divorce and raise children in two healthy homes. Often times, couples get caught up in the materialistic details and anger that are inherent when splitting a home. But those details can be worked out.  It is never to late to seek happiness and even celebrate the ending of marriage with a photo that represents the closing of a time period in your life.

The attorneys at Karp & Weiss understand the importance of amicably resolving a divorce. We pride ourselves on helping couples reach agreements about their lives without destroying their respect and appreciation for one another. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you and your spouse need assistance with your conscious uncoupling.

Sources: USA Today: www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/09/03/couples-smiling-divorce-selfie-goes-viral/71633438

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/09/03/on-the-viral-rise-of-divorce-selfies-and-the-death-of-traditional-marriage

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Amanda C. Monteagudo

Ms. Monteagudo concentrates her practice primarily in family law.

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