Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

"Divorce selfies" make waves across social media

Salt Lake City residents often have expectations about how certain things should proceed. This is certainly the case with the end of a marriage. Individuals often envision the divorce as being ripe with negative emotions, fighting between the spouses and contested litigation that can last for months or years.

While these disputes certainly do occur, not every divorce proceeds along the same path. Spouses are often able to work with one another to craft a mutually acceptable divorce agreement that specifies the terms of the divorce. The parties are then able to go their separate ways, sometimes while resuming friendly relations.

Indeed, a recent trend has arisen on social media involving these amicable divorces. Many couples have begun posting divorce selfies, which consist of a picture of the happy couple shortly after the divorce has been finalized. The thought behind the selfies is to show that the spouses are happy to be moving on to a new life and ridding themselves of the problems they had in the marriage.

While divorce selfies, or just amicable divorces in general, are a positive force in ending the marriage, those involved in these amicable divorces should still be sure they are protecting themselves and getting equal treatment. Just as overly negative feelings in a divorce can lead to more conflict between the spouses, so too can overly positive feelings lead to agreement on issues that might not be in one spouse's best interests. Whether it be issues of property division, child custody or financial support to the other spouse or children, individuals should ensure their rights are protected, or it can come back to haunt them later on.

Source: The Washington Post, "On the viral rise of divorce selfies and the death of traditional marriage," Caitlin Dewey, September 3, 2015

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