Anniversary & Divorce
These modern times have seen many changes in the basic structure of the American family unit. The last 25 years have seen the rise of women in the workforce, the adoption of no fault divorce laws, an increasing number of single parents and of course, a rising divorce rate. Along with the many changes, many modern American couples have adopted what were once considered unconventional living arrangements. Now it seems the most modern couples have the most unconventional approaches to what were once fairly conventional relationship problem situations, like getting divorced.
Take for example American rock musician Jack White and his British bride Karen Elson, who recently announced they were throwing a party for their closest friends in order to celebrate their sixth anniversary and their imminent divorce, at the same time. The former White Stripes rock musician and his model wife married in 2005 in a canoe on the Amazon and have two children, daughter Scarlett, six, and three-year-old son Henry Lee together.
The couple announced they were ending their marriage, but planned to remain friends and in honor of the time they shared, they would throw a divorce party in Nashville to re-affirm their friendship and celebrate the past and future with close friends and family. The invitation announcement stated simply “Karen Elson and Jack White announce today that they are getting divorced. We remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children Scarlett and Henry Lee. We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow.” The statement also added the admonition “This is only for close personal friends and family. So please no plus ones or dead beats.”
The combination divorce and anniversary party was planned with drinks and dancing and would be decorated with various mementos of the couple’s time together. Although the White’s divorce and anniversary combo is definitely an unconventional approach to the often difficult issue of divorcing with dependant children in the home, that the pair will remain friends to focus on raising their two children together is certainly a better outcome than most marriage dissolutions taking place these days.