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Garage Sale; Dress Burning Helps Woman Celebrate Divorce

On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in divorce on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

There are many life events that people enjoy celebrating with family and friends. While a divorce may not be the first occasion that comes to mind for a celebration, there may be many reasons why a former spouse would want to formally note his or her new-found freedom. Kentucky residents who are hoping for a fresh start after an unhealthy marriage may find their own ways to mark this life-changing moment.

Recently, one woman chose a unique way to publicly celebrate the end of her unhappy marriage. According to her account, her former husband engaged in infidelity and abusive behavior. She received her final divorce decree at the end of January and decided to honor the occasion by holding a garage sale with a party-type theme.

The highlight of the day was when she chose to burn her wedding dress. The woman displayed the garment for others to inscribe messages on it with markers first. After the attendees noted their thoughts, she burned the dress. As she prepared to light the fire, she stated that it was a symbolic message to others that they do not need to remain in an unhappy or unhealthy relationship.

The woman’s former spouse is purportedly still facing criminal charges in connection to an assault and declined to comment publicly on the garage sale. The woman listed a variety of household goods as well as several possessions from her ex-husband that she had been awarded during the settlement. While this is an unusual manner in which to celebrate a divorce, it may have provided this woman the opportunity to heal from her personal experiences. Kentucky residents who are seeking their own escape from a miserable marriage may benefit from consulting with an experienced and compassionate attorney who can help them find their own path to a new beginning.

Source:, “Woman burns wedding dress at divorce garage sale“, Feb. 11, 2018

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