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Still love your ex-in-laws?

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published August 19, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

“I was a product of a divorce in the ’80s, and any time my parents and extended family were in the room, it was so uncomfortable,” said Linda Perry, a divorce consultant and author of the self-published e-book on mediation A Clearer Path: The Divorce Consultants Complete Guide to Divorce. “But today, my kids — who are products of divorce — find it incredibly easy to be in the same room with my former in-laws and me because my ex and I set the foundation that [it’s] OK for everybody to get along.”

Perry said that unless there has been a history of physical or emotional abuse in the marriage, making it important to limit if not end personal connections, having a friendly relationship with your ex and the ex’s family can be beneficial, especially if children are involved.

“In divorce, you don’t only lose a partner, you lose an entire side of the family,” Perry said. “The old way of doing things was to declare war, but today it’s about finding new ways of communicating.”

See Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Family section for tips on navigating post-divorce relationships with ex in-laws.

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hogfan2012 says... August 19, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

I recently suffered the loss of my first mother-in-law - Hate to use the word "ex" as I still loved her and her family very much. She was my daughters grandmother and was always very good to her. She loved my daughter, therefore I loved her!

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Vickie55 says... August 19, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

I lost my former mother-in-law a few years ago. There was a whole row full of us "outlaws" at her funeral - three of her chlldren's ex-spouses and even the parents and other family members of the ex-spouses. She was a wonderful lady, a wonderful mother-in-law, and a wonderful grandmother.

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strrdiv_swbell.net says... August 19, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

My daughter thought i was unreasonable to think they would still love me

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