Leave it to the larger-than-life Bronfman’s to shed a decadent light on one of the divorcing world’s lesser known, but arguably the most interesting — and according to experts, emotionally intelligent — trends: Divorce celebrations with both (soon-to-be-ex) spouses present, smiling and thanking guests for coming along for the marital ride.
“Our differences were in everything we do,” Charles Bronfman told the New York Times when asked about the thinking behind he and wife Bonnie’s formal divorce fête. “We thought those differences could mesh, but we found out the opposite. So we thought, why not tell our friends and thank them for helping us out?”
It’s an enlightened perspective that Divorce Magazine publisher enthusiastically endorses. “If you can part and be friends and celebrate the time you spent together, I think that’s a fantastic result,” Dan Couvrette told the National Post; but not before adding that the status quo for most divorcing couples is still acrimony, not celebration. “This isn’t a natural occurrence. Usually, it’s ‘I hate your guts. That’s why I think this couple is heading in the right direction and I hope they continue this path of peaceful divorce as their divorce progresses ”
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