Who Gets Custody of the Friends?
Karen Stewart, President of Fairway Divorce Solutions, says that in addition to splitting up your CD’s in a divorce, you are also forced to cut off an entire social network that may have been nurtured for years.
“Within a circle of friends, you expect certain people to align with you,” Stewart is quoted as saying in a Toronto Sun article by Tanya Engberg. “Friends can’t be in both camps, but often they don’t know what to do. Their normal stance is, ‘I think it’s best if I stay out of it,’ but that’s not the way it works. Your family and close friends can’t stay out of it.”
Divorce is an entire life overhaul. In addition to the end of the romance, you have to accept the loss of your former spouse’s family members and friends that you have known for years.
“For me, I closed that chapter and started all over,” says a 41-year-old divorced father with two children. “I maintained friendships for a short while, but it became uncomfortable. They do take sides, no matter what they tell you. Parents are always going to support their own child. If you want to start over, you have to cut ties with mutual friends and say goodbye to the in-laws.”
Stewart says that saying goodbye is tough, but inevitable.