Getting divorced can be an emotionally challenging time. It is not uncommon to have a range of feelings during and after the divorce process—from sadness to anger and everything in between.
Can You Stay Friends with Your Ex After Divorce?
With all those feelings, it can be hard to know what kind of relationship you should have with your ex-spouse. One common question that comes up is whether it's possible to remain friends after getting divorced. Let’s explore this further.
The Situation Varies from Person to Person
Whether or not you can be friends with your ex-spouse largely depends on the individuals involved in the divorce. If there was a lot of animosity during the divorce proceedings, then it may be difficult for both parties to remain friends afterward due to lingering negative emotions. On the other hand, if both parties are willing to put their differences aside and focus on having a positive relationship, then friendship may be possible.
Many celebrity couples who have divorced are still cordial with one another even after less than amicable divorce circumstances. For instance, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are still on good terms, even though Pitt was unfaithful. Other celebrity couples that are still friends (or friendly) after their split include:
- Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
- Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
- Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
- Sean Penn and Madonna
- Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
- Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant
- Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
The Benefits of Being Friends After Divorce
Remaining friendly after divorce has its advantages. Staying in touch with your ex-spouse can help ensure that any issues that arise related to custody or visitation are handled respectfully.
Being friendly also makes it easier for both parties when dealing with mutual acquaintances, such as family members or even co-workers. Additionally, maintaining a cordial relationship may help set a good example for any children involved so they don't get caught in the middle of any disagreements between their parents.
What Does it Take to Be Friends After Divorce?
It's important to remember that being friends after divorce takes work from both sides. You will likely need to set boundaries about what is acceptable behavior and what isn't when interacting with your ex-spouse, particularly if there were underlying issues that led to the breakup of the marriage in the first place. If either party is unwilling or unable to respect these boundaries, then it may not be feasible for both people to remain friends after their divorce is finalized.
It is also important to remember that friendships after divorce should never involve any kind of romantic involvement or expectations of reconciliation. Even if you still have feelings for your ex-spouse, it is important that they are not part of the friendship equation. Additionally, try not to judge each other’s behavior and accept that both parties need time and space for the friendship after divorce to work out successfully.
Ultimately, whether you can stay friends with your ex-spouse depends on many different factors—including how well you got along before your marriage ended and how much effort both parties are willing to put into rebuilding their relationship post-divorce. If both people can agree on clear boundaries and commit themselves fully to respecting them, then remaining friends despite going through a divorce is certainly possible.
However, if either person still harbors negative feelings toward the other or refuses to cooperate, then continuing a friendship may not be feasible at this time. Regardless of your situation though, talking through your options with an experienced attorney can help ensure that all legal matters related to your divorce are handled properly so you can move forward with your life as soon as possible regardless of whether you decide to stay friends or go separate ways completely following your divorce proceedings.
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