Divorce is just rough. Emotions are running high, people are stressed, and everyone’s life is being disrupted in a huge way. Yet while all of that is happening, life still goes on. Even in the midst of turmoil, lots of families still make time to take photos together.
Today we’ve got a selection of photos that show the reality of divorce. Some of them were once happy photos, but after the divorce were “altered,” often in hilarious ways. Others were taken while the divorce was going on, which makes them even more awkward than a family photo usually is. And some were taken after the divorce, when everyone was putting the pieces back together.
Check out these 17 divorce photos, along with the stories that went into making them.
1. Multiple Approaches
“When my father got remarried after my parents’ divorce, my mother went through the family albums and cut him out of all of the family photos. But…
…using scissors became too labor intensive, so she switched to white-out.” – Shawna
2. Headed For Splitsville
“My family in the last picture taken before the divorce.” – Bill
3. Visiting Hours
“This is a photo of my Mother, sisters and stepfather. It was taken while my mother was in prison for fraud and after she divorced my stepfather. They had a family visitation day and made a backdrop for the inmates to take portraits with family.” – Wayne
4. Seasons Greetings, Times Two
“These two photos are from circa ’85. Though my parents had divorced several years earlier, my father came over to my mom’s house so we could take our Christmas Card pictures. One photo for Dad to send to his friends and family, and a different photo for Mom to send to hers. Dad thought it would be a great idea for me to stick my hand out of frame so as to imply that Mom, or in the other photo, Dad, was standing just outside the shot. I also really like how the background was meticulously chosen over, say, a shrub or maybe a grill. Here we are, um, in our backyard.” – Lyzz
5. Max Headroom
“My parents had gotten divorced and Dad got remarried right before this was taken. Between the families there were nine kids: my siblings, half-siblings, and step-siblings. The adults had decided to take portraits with all the different family combinations. If I remember correctly, there was lots of arguing about which kids should be in which photo. I think this photo captures our response to the drama.” – Kate
6. Stamp Of Disapproval
“Scanning in my Grandpa’s photos of my sister’s wedding. I’d say he’s still bitter about the divorce 50 years ago.”
7. A New Man
“I’m a single mom, and I’d just gotten divorced. I also coach the high school debate team. One of my debaters thought I needed a little something extra in my family Christmas picture.” – Kim
8. Coke Classic
“This is a photo of me and my brother in 1978. It was taken by our father the year before my parents’ divorce. My mom hates it. Even though I do not support the use of drugs I think this photo is special and definitely something you could only get away with in the 70’s.” – Christa
9. Out Of The Picture
“My grandma wasn’t too happy when my dad and my step-mom got divorced. She decided the best way to handle it was to cut her out, literally. I am the one to the right feeling a little left out.” – Amber
10. Home For The Holidays
“These are my parents. Who are divorced. On Christmas.” – Charlotte