Gloria Lintermans

Author, Writer, Columnist

THE NEWLY DIVORCED BOOK OF PROTOCOL

By Gloria Lintermans

 

Table of Contents

 

PART ONE: DETACHMENT

 

THE SECRET

You know it. Your spouse probably knows it. You're just not ready to know it together.

 

FEELING ISOLATED

No one's ever gone through what you're going through or felt so alone.

 

STRADDLING THE DOORSTEP

Home isn't an "in-n-out" burger place.

 

ATTACKS ON SELF-ESTEEM

Going blond, getting breast implants, buying a whole new wardrobe. Getting hair implants, etc.

 

PARALYZING FEAR-THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

Tension beyond belief - something has to give. Who's pretending anyway.

 

STAYING ATTACHED

No matter what the reality, home is where your heart is.

 

RELIEF - EUPHORIA - TERROR

You told and didn't die. You're in control again. Life is good, but now you really do have to leave.

 

FEELING GUILTY AND KIDS

You probably should. It's okay.

 

THE LEAVER AND THE LEFT

Yes, it does make a difference. It's called self-esteem.

 

KIDS AND PROPERTY

Kids as bargaining chips.

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT/SUPPORT WITHDRAWAL

What uncle's ninetieth party did you say you'd go it? Had a bad day at the office, honey? Too bad. Had a fender bender on the way home? Oh, well.

 

WHEN TO TELL THE KIDS

Think they don't know something's going on? They're scared and confused, too.

 

SHOCK

Never, ever did you consider the possibility that this could happen to you.

 

WHAT TO TELL THE KIDS

A three-year-old's not a fifteen-year-old.

 

SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS

Are you or aren't you a couple?

 

HOW TO TELL THE KIDS

Together.

 

SEXUAL AVAILABILITY

You're still having sex with who!?

 

KIDS AND DATING

Understanding and reassurance.

 

EMOTIONAL ACCESSIBILITY

You want what?

 

WHEN MARRIAGE ENDS AND DIVORCE BEGINS

Closure, focus, new beginnings.

 

 

 

 

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Gloria Lintermans 2017