The Rise Of The Divorce Selfie

Publish Date
Monday, 7 September 2015, 11:52AM

In late August, Shannon Neuman and her husband, Chris, went to the municipal court in Calgary, Alberta, to get a divorce. They had already filled out the forms and taken the requisite seminars. They navigated the 24-story Courts Centre and dropped their papers off.

Then, on their way out, Chris and Shannon- no longer the Neumans- paused in front of a courthouse sign. They snapped a selfie, both smiling.

Here's Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce! But we're smiling?! Yep, we're kooky like that. Are we...

Posted by Shannon Neuman onĀ Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Here's Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce!" Shannon wrote in a Facebook post that was shared 11,000 times within its first hours online. (Wrote Chris, in the comments: "I couldn't have hand-picked a better ex-wife if I tried.")

This isn't at all the type of dialogue we expect around divorce, particularly since we've been taught that marriage is the only viable type of adult relationship or family structure. But in the era of platonic parenting and conscious uncoupling, these sorts of friendly, even triumphant #divorceselfies have become increasingly common. If you search the hashtag on Instagram, in fact, you'll find over a hundred of them.

Should divorce selfies be celebrated?

Source- NZ Herald