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Divorce Selfies Are the Hot New Instagram Trend, and That’s Pretty Awesome

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There are times and places where selfies are appropriate. At a bachelorette party? Great! At a Holocaust memorial? Please no. Now there’s apparently a hot new trend of couples taking divorce selfies to celebrate the official ending of their marriages, and in spite of the conniption fits the #DivorceSelfie hashtag is giving the commenters over at The Daily Mail over the “sanctity of marriage,” divorce selfies are actually pretty great, too.

There are several hundred #DivorceSelfie photos on Instagram, and most of the people in them look very happy.

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Instagram / emilyrose920

“Can we take divorce selfie?” “Duh. In front of the eagle?”

These guys seem like they’re in a pretty great place right now, and that place just happens to be newly divorced and standing in front of a bizarre painting of an eagle in a government building.

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Instagram / Kiss925

This Calgary couple seems to be downright ecstatic about filing for divorce, and why shouldn’t they be? They figured out what they want, and they’re on their way to start a new chapter of their lives. They don’t seem mad at each other, they just don’t want to be married anymore, and they’re on their way to rectify that situation.

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Instagram / Emilysaraolsen

“Instead of being disappointed that our choice to be together didn’t last forever, we choose to accept that sometimes good things fall irreparably apart, to be thankful for the adventures we had, to look forward to the new and exciting ways we will grow as individuals and in other relationships, and to commit to a lifelong friendship and coparenting partnership,” she wrote.

This couple is great. They have two children, and that means that even though they will no longer be married to each other, they’re always going to be in each other’s lives. They’re always going to be a family, and it’s great that they can take pictures together and grab a beer and still be friends.

People who hate selfies and people who hate divorce are really going to hate the idea of a divorce selfie, but all these people look happy, and they’re clearly separating amicably enough to take a fun photo together and make a joke about it. That’s a pretty good situation to be in. Not all marriages can end as amicably or as happily as these appear to have done, but the divorce selfie couples all appear to be in a pretty good place with each other.

Not all marriages last. Some people are better as friends, and that’s fine. Also, a lot of the couples taking divorce selfies have kids, and two people who still respect and care about each other are going to have a much easier time as coparents than two people who split messily and are angry with each other. If you’re happy about your divorce and choose to commemorate it with a selfie, go right ahead.

What do you think of divorce selfies? Let us know in the comments.