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Why #DivorceSelfies Are a Thing Now

Why #DivorceSelfies Are a Thing Now

Pictures on your wedding day are a must, but what about taking a photo to commemorate the day you and your spouse officially call it quits? After a recently divorced couples’ Facebook post went viral, #divorceselfies are trending in a major way on social media with many couples baring grins and ringless fingers for the camera.

Marie Claire reports about a viral photo with the hashtag #divorceselfie posted by Shannon Neuman and her (now-ex) husband Chris that sends a positive message about a difficult time in anyone’s life. In the photo, both Shannon and Chris are giving big goofy grins for the camera as they stand outside of the courthouse.

Shannon Neuman captions the photo explaining why she and her ex are smiling rather than crying about their predicament. She writes, “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.”

And now hundreds more couples are showing their smiling faces, ringless fingers and signed papers outside courthouses everywhere to prove that they too can end their marriages on a mature and positive note. Rather than marking the occasion as something to lament for the rest of their lives, many ex-couples are looking at it as a fresh start to stay friends and move on. One couple writes under their smiling selfie, “ha ha...this is how you stay friends thru the drama.”

What do you think of the trending #divorceselfies on social media?

Do you think these photos send a positive message about staying friends after divorce or is it in bad taste?

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  • pureprophecy1 By pureprophecy1
    09.29.15  

    I honestly think that it is pretty sad. . . . I can respect two people who know how to have a mutual separation without hating each other and being angry but it makes a mockery of the sanctity of marriage. people have so much to say about same sex marriage but I say anyone who respects what a marriage is should be able to get married. many people who get married make a joke out of it anyway and I feel that taking selfies after a divorce goes into the same category. ..

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