Let’s get a divorce — but first, let’s take a selfie.
That’s exactly what a Canadian couple Chris and Shannon Neuman did
last week. Now their picture is going viral.
“Here’s Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce!
But we’re smiling?! Yep, we’re kooky like that,” Shannon
said in a Facebook post. She went on to say, “Are we smiling because
the partner we chose for forever turned out to 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.”
Some were quick to criticize the post, saying the couple was celebrating
their divorce. But Shannon Neuman defends their positivity. According to
Global News, Neuman agrees “100%” that divorce should not be celebrated.
“Our goal was to go through the process amicably and respectfully,
keeping the well being of our kids at the forefront of every decision
we made. We weren’t celebrating when we took the photo, we were
commemorating the accomplishment of a goal that we worked really hard
Whether you are prepared to stop, drop and selfie after your divorce or
not, the post and picture proves the process of divorce does not have
to end in hatred and drama. A positive, co-parenting attitude is better
for the couple, better for resolving the issues, and certainly better
for the kids involved.
If you have any questions about divorce or custody,
contact attorney Meagan Moodie today.
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