DEAR ABBY: My about-to-be-ex-husband and I have friends who should be notified that he has a new address and phone number. He agrees that we should let our friends know before Christmas.
I am planning to create announcements on my computer and mail them to the people on our Christmas card list. What do you think? Is it acceptable to send divorce announcements? -- DIVORCED IN KANSAS
DEAR DIVORCED: Yes, and it's a subject that has been addressed before in my column.
While a computer-generated announcement may seem like less work, a more personal touch would be to write a short note to your friends and family that you and "John" have amicably gone your separate ways.
Since you're no longer a couple, your former husband should shoulder the responsibility for notifying his friends and relatives about his contact information.
Read on for my favorite tongue-in-cheek divorce announcements:
After six years
Lester and Betty
Have seen the light.
Married Nov. 8, 1966
Divorced Nov. 6, 1972
Both are happily back
Call Lester: 555-6500 (after 9:00 p.m.)
Betty: 555-1115 (any time)
Coleen and Michael G. Lamour
have parted amicably and
Coleen is once again happily
Ms. Coleen Mahoney
Residing at the Honeycreek Towers.
Michael's permanent residence
is now on his boat: "I, Pagliacci,"
Where he will continue to drift
aimlessly ... forever!
WITH HAPPY HEARTS
Lionel and Jane
announce with pleasure
the severance of all
legal and/or other bonds
that may have existed
between their daughter
Janet and That Boy.
With the new month of August
Janet enters into a new
and beautiful single life.
As for That Boy --
May the Great Honcho in the sky
love him and keep him --
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