Just a few days ago, Kris Jenner (soon to be Kris Kardashian again?) gave an interview on the Today show where she had nothing but positive things to say about her husband of 22 years. Although the two announced that they would divorce in October, 2013, Kris emphasizes that the two still "talk all the time" and that life was pretty much normal for the family, except that Kris and Bruce are living in different houses. But after 22 years of marriage and two children (not to mention the Brady Bunch-esque melding of the couple's children from previous marriages), is it really possible to have zero animosity going forward? If the two are as amicable as they say, then Kris and Bruce are certainly the exception (especially in Hollywood).
So what's the secret? Can exes really stay friends after divorce? In an article published in Psychology Today in 2011, Seth Meyers, Psy.D., recounted his experience treating patients who have gone through divorce. Dr. Meyers says that he found that often times the love between spouses never truly dies, no matter what came between the two individuals to cause them to divorce. Although it's rare, Dr. Meyers reported treating some couples who were able to hold onto a friendship and remain close after their divorce. Strength in character and an understanding of the bigger picture are key, Meyers says, to rise above the pain and hurt of the divorce.
Divorce doesn't always have to be devastating to your relationship. Many couples are able to amicably resolve their divorces with the assistance of trusted divorce attorneys, experienced in working collaboratively to resolve divorces. If you're considering divorce, but want to protect your relationship with your spouse in hopes of continuing a friendship, contact our office to set up a consultation with one of our Collaborative Divorce Attorneys today.