Divorced Couples Are Taking Awesome Selfies Together To Mark The Occasion

September 2nd, 2015

Shannon and Chris Neuman of Calgary couldn’t contain their joy after filing for divorce. So they posted a selfie. “Here’s Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce! But we’re smiling?! Yep, we’re kooky like that,” she said on Facebook.

Shannon and Chris Neuman of Calgary couldn't contain their joy after filing for divorce. So they posted a selfie. "Here's Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce! But we're smiling?! Yep, we're kooky like that," she said on Facebook.

Shannon and Chris explained why they treated their divorce as a moment to share:

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.

Since being posted last week, their #divorceselfie has been shared over 30,000 times on Facebook.

The soon-to-be-former Neumans join many other couples who have posted divorce selfies to declare their unlove to the world.

1. The first divorce selfie to get public attention appears to have been taken a year ago by a Florida couple. It was blurry but showed definitively they were at the court house. Exciting!

“We are officially un-married,” read the caption from Keith Hinson. “Here’s to the most friendly, respectful, and loving split imaginable. We smile not because it’s over, but because it happened.”

These two are so great not together.

2. This pair raised the bar by posing in front of a badass eagle holding the scales of justice. Divorce for ‘merica!

3. Hashtagging the hell out of your #divorceselfie is recommended. Her choices included #squats #pizza #gameover and #byefelicia. Strong game.

4. These two happy divorcees included the paperwork, just in case anyone doubted their commitment to being apart.

5. They couldn’t wait to sign!

6. Many people choose to write their own unvows. “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”

7. “Because you can get divorced while laughing.”

8. “I’m going cat shopping.”

9. People find it hard to contain their joy at the thought of being apart forever.

10. They look so happy.

“This is how you get divorced like champions,” they posted.

11. It’s also totally cool to just go with the moment and let your true emotions out.

Because we all know that only true friends selfie together.

12. Show the world that you are imperfect for each other.

“This is how you stay friends thru the drama,” she said.

13. Awwww look, even kids have been doing it.

“I’m honoured that I got to spend 5 years with you,” she posted. “We went through a lot together and were an amazing team.”

They’ve got their whole lives ahead of them.

ASHLEY MADISON AND ROBERT BURNS—AN UNLIKELY COUPLE?

August 28th, 2015

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I have always enjoyed literature, especially English literature, and I have always enjoyed observing human behavior which, to a large extent, is predictable and has changed very little since Adam blamed Eve for giving him an apple. So it was not by accident that I was thinking last night about how aptly the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) captured and described the Ashley Madison debacle. Burns never had access to the internet and could never have contemplated the idea of a website, but his description of the disappointment and embarrassment caused and felt by the subscribers to Ashley Madison could not have been more on point:

“The best laid schemes of mice and men go oft astray–and leave us with nothing but grief and pain for promised joy.”

~Robert Burns, To a Mouse~

The Truth About Ashley Madison

August 26th, 2015

I have reviewed the Mississippi version of “the list” and have been surprised by some of the names I found and not so surprised by others. The biggest surprise, however, was that there are hardly any women on the list. Someone who knows more about it than me said that the whole reason the “Hacktivists” made the list public was to expose Ashley Madison as a scam. From what I have seen, Ashley Madison is a site where a lot of married, straight dudes signed up and wasted their money on the opportunity to meet other married, straight dudes.  Maybe they should just take up golf.

What are the Requirements for Modifying a Final Judgment of Divorce?

August 3rd, 2009

Generally speaking, a Final Judgment of Divorce may be modified only when the person seeking modification can show that there a material change in circumstances arose after the judgment of divorce was granted.  The recent case of Lee v. Lee, decided by the Mississippi Court of Appeals May 12, 2009, emphasized that the material change in circumstances must occur after the judgment of divorce.  In Lee v. Lee, the husband found out before the divorce was granted that he was not the biological parent of one of the children born during the marriage but, in the divorce, he failed to bring that fact to light and even agreed to support both children. 

After the divorce was granted, the husband petitioned the court to relieve him of the obligation to support the child that he did not father, but the court refused because of Mr. Lee’s knowledge of the child’s paternity before the divorce was granted.  The lesson learned by Mr Lee, among others, was “Do Not Sit On Your Rights.”