Divorce Manners, One, Two, Three

Debrett’s, which publishes a number of guides on traditional British etiquette, has published a book on how to behave during a divorce.

In preparing the book, Debrett’s teamed up with the divorce lawyers Mishcon de Reya, which represented the late Princess Diana, for the publication.

Debrett’s Guide to Civilised Separation, which provides tips on how to break the news to friends and colleagues and information on the process of divorce, so that emotionally distraught couples in maintaining decorum in the midst of their battles over custody and cash.

“Throwing your husband’s vintage wine collection down the loo or cutting his suits to shreds might seem like a therapeutic gesture when you’re in the throes of rage and despair, but it can rebound on you and undermine your case,” the book advises. It also warns about becoming a “divorce bore” as a person risks being “struck off the dinner-party guest list.”

In keeping with its focus on good manners, the guide says that being “relentlessly polite and civilized” will “defuse any fall-out” from the split.

The book advises “friendly Christmas cards” to the in-laws and estranged friends and urges people to take a “minder” to events attended by the ex.

The minder monitors their “behavior, alcohol intake and emotions”.


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