Rewedded Bliss: Love, Alimony, Incest, Ex-Spouses, and Other Domestic Blessings

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8
Ex Marks the Spot
Where Polygamy Begins

MOST DIVORCED COUPLES stubbornly cling to the tacit, if unrealistic, notion that once a divorce is final all prior emotional ties automatically self-destruct. Nonsense. Bonds once forged in sexuality are not that easy to break, sometimes even where there has been outrageous behavior on one side or the other. The conventional wisdom holds that communication between the divorced will be cool, mature, businesslike, and strictly about the offspring. Sure. How often have I heard a divorced parent say, when referring to an ex-spouse, "If it weren't for the children we'd never speak to each other." Perhaps. But my experience tells me that often as not these remarks are as much an expression of pride as of disdain. How else validate the divorce and legitimize the failure of the former marriage? The ex-mate has to be detestable. Still, one cannot stand on one's dignity while discussing financial matters. Or the children's grades. Or teeth. Or tonsils. Substantive issues. Meanwhile, the continuing contact inevitably tends to surreptitiously remind each ex-partner, in one way or another, via hostile or amicable behavior, of the underlying chemistry

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  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents *
  • Part I - The Synergistic Family *
  • 1 - The Synergistic Family *
  • 2 - What Is a Family? *
  • 3 - The Cinderella Sisterhood *
  • Part II - Money Isn't Everything... Happiness Is 2 Percent *
  • 4 - Rewedding Rings Are Not for Free *
  • 5 - The Financially Incompatible *
  • Part III - The Joy of Incest *
  • Disclaimer *
  • 6 - The Ultimate "No-No" *
  • 7 - In This Corner Pre-Divorce, Pre-Remarriage *
  • 8 - Ex Marks the Spot Where Polygamy Begins *
  • 9 - Gothic Tales of Our Times *
  • Encapsulation *
  • Part IV - All about the New Manners, Modes, and Customs *
  • 10 - And Margaret Mead Said: "Let There Be Etiquette...." *
  • 11 - Coda *
  • Bibliography *
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