Earlier this year my friend decided to end her marriage and relinquish custody of her two children to their father. However, because of financial constraints, the couple have decided to continue living together under one roof for the time being. To this ends they recently moved into a split-level apartment: my friend lives on the ground floor, and her ex-husband and their children live upstairs. Every single time I’ve been to visit them since the move, they’ve been doing something domestic together, such as folding the kids’ clothes, cooking dinner, composing PTA newsletters, and entertaining houseguests like me. Needless to say, the children are benefitting immensely from this arrangement, but they are not the only ones: this morning my friend confided in me “I see more of him now than when were were married … and we get along great.” They are even planning a family trip to Australia at the end of the year!
I never ask any prying questions, but I can’t help but wonder … why on earth did they bother divorcing in the first place? Might as well have stayed together.