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Take a lesson from celebrities: Throw a divorce party

For some people, divorce is a bitter and gruesome battle, and ex-spouses never speak with each other again. That is the scene many people picture when they imagine divorce. The concept leaves a bitter taste in people's mouths, and it makes them reluctant to admit they are considering divorce.

However, there are also people who remain civil throughout their divorce. There are people who want to be friends when their marriage is over. Many of those people are couples with children, and they realize the importance of maintaining a family even after the divorce.

That's part of the reason we like Jack White and Karen Elson's divorce plan. The couple is celebrating the end of their marriage with a divorce party.

In a joint statement, the pair said, "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."

To reaffirm that, the couple is throwing a party for their friends and family. They want their loved ones to help them celebrate their past and future. They specified that the party is not for "plus ones or dead beats," and they are planning a variety of fun activities.

Although most non-celebrity couples might not celebrate their divorce with such extravagance, there are certainly good lessons to be learned here.

Divorce can be emotionally challenging, but it is also the opportunity to start over and get your life back on track. If you have children, you can celebrate the fact that you have someone else who loves and is committed to your children. Rather than dreading graduation and weddings, you can enjoy catching up with the person you used to love and sharing stories about the things you still have in common, like your kids.

Source: CNN, "Jack White, Karen Elson plan to celebrate their divorce with a party," Brian Orloff, People.com, 13 June 2011

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