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Divorcing couple’s smiling selfie goes viral

Divorcing couple's smiling selfie goes viral
Shannon Neuman explained on Facebook that she and Chris Neuman were not smiling at the marriage’s undoing. Instead, they were celebrating the fact that “we have done something extraordinary (we think anyway!)”
TORONTO: A selfie recently taken by a separating couple — grinning wide — has gone viral on the internet.

The Canadian couple — Chris and Shannon Neuman — clicked the picture outside Calgary Courts Centre in downtown Calgary soon after filing for divorce, Newser.com reported.

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The image, hash-tagged #teamneuman and #divorceselfie, have been shared nearly 35,000 times.

“Here’s Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce!” Shannon explained in a Facebook post the next day.

She explained that they were certainly not smiling at the marriage’s undoing. But they were celebrating the fact that “we have done something extraordinary (we think anyway!)”

Here’s the full text of Shannon Neuman’s Facebook post:

Here’s Chris Neuman and I yesterday after filing for divorce! But we’re smiling?! Yep, we’re kooky like that. Are we smiling because the partner we chose for forever turned out not to be the forever partner we needed? Of course not. We’re smiling because we have done something extraordinary (we think anyway!)

We have respectfully, thoughtfully and honourably ended our marriage in a way that will allow us to go forward as parenting partners for our children, the perfect reason that this always WAS meant to be, so they will never have to choose. They’ll never have to wonder which side of the auditorium to run to after their Christmas concert or spring play, because we’ll be sitting together. They won’t have to struggle with their own wedding planning because we’ll be sitting on the same side of the aisle – THEIR side.

We have struggled, but we have succeeded in the plan we came up with together, to come out on the other side as their two parents who live in two houses who give them two teams to love them up two times as much. And now that you know it’s possible — please consider our way if you find yourself on this road, or share our message if we can help remind them that it’s possible to love your kids more than you hate/distrust/dislike your ex (which we have felt at times on the journey but for the record we do actually like each other). Nice work #teamneuman #divorceselfie

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