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Is post-divorce friendship possible?

It's a little over a three-hour drive from Hamilton to Canton, Ohio. For a divorced person, it might be the worst form of torture to have to endure that ride with their former spouse.

But not all divorces are acrimonies and not all former spouses are loathe to speak with one another. A Canton newspaper recently highlighted stories of couples who split and not only survived, but became friends after the ends of their marriages.

One pair was married for three decades before their interests and lifestyles diverged and they decided to divorce. "My ex-husband was not a public person and I was," the woman said. "We are complete opposites in personalities, but there was never any animosity between us."

And so they went their separate ways. Both remarried yet remained friends through thick and thin.

Another couple profiled by the newspaper dated for five years, then said their wedding vows and were together as a married couple for 15 years more.

The woman said that after their 2003 divorce, she was angry and unsure that friendship with her ex was possible. "But eventually, friendship develops," she said. "For me, it was forgiveness and time."

He said he wanted to be friends from the moment of their divorce on. After all, they have three children together. He is happy that post-divorce friendship developed and has survived.

For some couples, this type of amicable aftermath is possible; for others, it is definitely not. For those facing an impending divorce, you must be prepared for animosity and anger to surface. Perhaps the best possible preparation is having at your side an attorney who knows who to resolve issues while protecting your rights in property division disputes and child custody disagreements.

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