CANADA- When Shannon and Chris Neuman went to the court house to file for divorce they snapped a smiling selfie outside the building. And now it’s going viral on Facebook.
“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,” Shannon Neuman wrote in the post. “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.”
Regardless of the circumstances, the message they’re trying to send is inspiring, encouraging others to be good co-parents.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Neuman, who is divorcing her husband after 11 years of marriage, told The Huffington Post that the response to the post has been around 99 percent positive. But a few people have had objections.
“We weren’t celebrating with the pic, we were commemorating the accomplishment of a goal that we worked really hard to reach, together,” she said.
Overall, Neuman hopes that the photo can help other couples that are struggling with relationship issues.
“If it helps any couples struggling, (even if they’re complete strangers to us!) then I think that’s awesome and it makes me feel super proud.”