17 September 2015
#DivorceSelfie – The Rising Phenomenon of Divorce Selfies
It’s the new phenomenon that sees ex-partners pose together for a happy picture after getting their divorce before posting the picture on Instagram with the #DivorceSelfie tag.
You might think that following a divorce you should feel sad, but more and more people are celebrating their divorce and doing so with a selfie. While you are going through a divorce, it can be a tiring and trying time but many people see divorce as a positive step forwards and want to celebrate once it is finalised.
When it comes to divorce there are advantages to getting along with your ex-partner. It can make it easier to come to agreements about your finances on separation and about your child care arrangements.
Many of the people who take #DivorceSelfies talk about their kids and their plans to work together as co-parents. A healthy relationship with your ex-spouse makes co-parenting a lot more simple and in some cases can even make it possible to practice ‘platonic parenting’ where you continue to live together and care for your children.
If you are able to work together with your ex there are legal advantages too. Collaborative Family Law allows couples to resolve family issues without going to court by using open communication in a series of four-way meetings with specialist Collaborative Lawyers. By avoiding going to court, you escape putting your affairs in the hands of a judge and you are in control making the decisions together.
In current UK law, you cannot get a no-fault divorce without being separated (living apart) for two years. In cases where couples wish to move on and get a divorce quicker than this, they must use one of the ‘fault-based’ grounds for divorce, even when they get along.
This can be frustrating for those #divorceselfie couples but don’t want to have to wait for two years to divorce. They get along still and wish to proceed with their conscious uncoupling without finger pointing or blame. This has seen calls for the introduction of a fault free divorce in UK law.
The expert Family solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK can help couples who wish to divorce in an amicable manner offering solicitor-lead negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law options. For an initial consultation call us on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we will call you.