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Can reconciliation work?


Published: 12th June 2007 - Category: Separation and Divorce - Author: Lynne Bastow

Maybe, rarely, not in my experience.

Surprisingly, it is typically couples who have gone through the most acrimonious divorce who choose to reconcile.

It is reported in the Daily Mail that Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney are flirting with the idea of reconciling (see post 23rd October 2006 – Heather Mills and Paul McCartney). Remember Richard Burton and Liz Taylor?

A likely scenario is a reconciliation, with a 12-18 month honeymoon period followed by 6-12 months of extreme acrimony and misery followed by a final split.

There is something to be said for getting it out of your system, but…

If you are considering reconciling with your spouse remember:

  1. He/she will not change. If what drove you apart is still there but buried it will re surface even more pungent in about 12 months.
  2. Issues need to be aired and dealt with, be they violence, money or infidelity. Sorry is not enough.
  3. Most people will think you are mad and your social life will be difficult with a lot of people still smarting from the fall out of the initial split.
  4. When the chemistry is spent all you will have left is a partner you should never have married in the first place.
  5. Only if you genuinely like each other and are prepared to be true friends will it work.
Lynne Bastow Divorce Solicitor

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With over 16 years experience, Lynne can provide excellent and valuable advice and has a friendly, positive approach towards all her clients, ensuring you get the best service possible.

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