Parties and partings: your friends and your divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

When Missouri marriages come to an end, a court usually hashes out the details. Who gets the house? How will time with the kids be split? Personal details like these are a few examples of normal things that might be included in a divorce order, but a court cannot tell a couple how to share “custody” of their mutual friends.

Recently, a newly divorced woman was invited to a party set to take place during a trip back to her old town of residence. She wanted to see her friends, but after her divorce, many had remained close with her ex-husband, and she was made aware that he was invited to the same party. Though she described their current relationship as amicable, she was torn because their marriage ended when her former husband cheated on her, and she had moved on to a new relationship with someone else.

A local advice columnist came to the rescue, offering suggestions for how a person that has gone through a divorce might handle similar situations. The columnist said that, if she did not want to be at a party where her ex was present, she could politely explain her reasons to her friends and suggest an alternate get-together at a later date. If she did want to attend the party, she should not worry about her ex being there, because going and having a good time would prove that she was over any previous drama and had no desire to rekindle things.

When Missouri residents are going through a divorce, they needn’t figure everything out by themselves. In many cases, a knowledgeable attorney can be of great assistance. An attorney can help a client finalize his or her divorce as quickly and smoothly as possible, and one can then focus on the fun to be had with friends, old and new.

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