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Naomi Dunne

My parents have seven divorces between them. I figured I'd better start early if I was going to beat that, so I married the first person who seemed remotely suitable at 18 and left him four months later. We were Mormon, which in my world explains a lot. Our son, Michael, came before the wedding, and he came with me when I left.

Years went by. I went back to school, met a new man, shacked up, had baby number two, Jack. They say the man determines the gender of the baby, so I'll happily put the blame on the both of them for the complete lack of female company in this house. My boys are homeschooled, although that generally entails Michael telling me that Jack's ripping his books again.

Eight years later, still no divorce.

I work from home with my new "husband" — we call him that for simplicity's sake — in a marketing consultancy business we started. I live in a village-within-a-city where walking down the street with a shaved head and a nursing baby is a perfectly normal thing to do.

My New Years' resolutions this year were to take more baths and figure out where to go from here. (I like resolutions that don't involve exercise or diet modification.) Now that we run a remote business we have more freedom than we ever imagined and this year, we're going to figure out what to do with it. Buy a cabin on the beach? Move to Bali? Stay put and get a cat? It's all on the table and it's all up in the air and despite the chaos, I've never been happier.

Naomi Dunne

Most Recent Articles

Separate But Happy

Friday, 17 June 2011 08:38
Because I’ve been known to have a one-track mind, I’m still thinking about what I wrote about last week: Should some people just stay single?My partner and I have been talking about this a lot lately. We are two of the most compatible…

If I Could Tell Mommy And Daddy...

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:09
My parents divorced when I was four months old. There were custody battles. There were children's advocates. There was a custody trial — complete with swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth — in which I was asked…

Are Break-Ups Bad For The Environment?

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:38
We all are well aware that we should recycle, reuse, car pool, opt for the bus or ride a bike, but should we stay together for the sake of the environment?A couple divorcing usually means division of assets and two separate households. A study which …

Heche's Ex Is Going [For] Broke

Tuesday, 11 December 2007 11:00
Where do I even start? I was all prepared to write something quick and funny about the latest Anne Heche drama — the whole lesbian, then not lesbian, then really not lesbian thing was going to feature prominently — and then BAM! I actually read…

Attacks On Gay Couple In Scotland

Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:00
Gay marriage is in the news a lot lately. Where I live — in Ontario, Canada — gay marriage has been legal for a few years now. Even the most homophobic of Ontario citizens have simply gotten used to the fact that we consider all love…

Marriage: Another Casualty Of War

Monday, 24 December 2007 17:00
Going off to fight for your country is hard enough. Having to come home to freshly printed divorce papers — no matter who filed them — is pretty much unbearable.That's exactly what's happening to scores of military members, especially…

Snoop Staying The Man Of The House

Wednesday, 26 December 2007 17:00
I was reading a really charming news bite today — note my tongue planted firmly in my cheek — saying that the rapper Snoop Dogg has decided that he's not going to divorce his wife after all. He filed for divorce in 2004 and has decided…
We've written more than once on First Wives World about the traumatic effects that divorce has on children. Many readers and writers here have experienced for themselves the dramatic changes in their kids' behavior, school performance and…

Attention, Shoppers

Wednesday, 02 January 2008 17:00
You remember when you told your mother you were getting divorced and she told you that you're better off without him? She should see this one.Recently, a Saudi man was out shopping with his wife and children. He and his wife split up the list and he …

Get Ready! Monday Is D-Day

Friday, 04 January 2008 17:00
If you decide to file for divorce this weekend, you might want to hold off making the call to the lawyer until Tuesday. Apparently, this Monday is going to be the busiest day to initiate divorce proceedings for the entire year. More people will file …

Brit Can't Catch A Break

Thursday, 03 January 2008 15:00
In her ongoing battle to secure the custody of her children, Britney Spears has been dealt another blow. She has been dumped as a client by the second law firm in four months.Calling her "impossible", the law firm of Trope and Trope requested the…

Not The Day To Call Your Lawyer

Monday, 07 January 2008 17:00
Thinking of going out for drinks tonight? You might want to stay home with a bottle of wine. Today's the day when divorce attorneys, debt counselors, and pretty much anybody in the business of facilitating life changes is going to need a drink real…

Blast From The Bigamist's Past

Tuesday, 08 January 2008 17:00
As an ex-Mormon, I love hearing news about Mormons and marriage. Amanda Lockhart wrote a piece last week about the tragic irony of this Utah man who wrote a book about how to get married and who now has to write a book about how to get divorced.…

This Just In: Some People Are Greedy!

Friday, 11 January 2008 15:00
Here at First Wives World, we have 14 house bloggers on staff, including myself. All of us are somewhere in the divorce process. I have the pleasure of knowing all of these women personally — even if just through email — and I feel safe in …

Big Problems For EU Divorces

Monday, 14 January 2008 17:00
Here's one I bet most people didn't see coming.It seems that the European Union, headquartered in Brussels, is experiencing a number of its employees applying for divorce. The problem they are experiencing is that many of these employees are of…

Britney Watch: Converting To Islam To Remarry?

Wednesday, 16 January 2008 15:00
Britney Spears is one busy chick. She's getting divorced, she's getting hospitalized, she's losing her kids. Now she's thinking about converting to Islam in order to marry her bodyguard, Adnan Ghalib. This would be her third marriage, and she just…

Divorced Blogger Struck Down

Friday, 18 January 2008 16:00
OK, you're right. I am Canadian and am thus not protected by the First Amendment. Frankly, I don't even really understand the First Amendment, but it sounds like a cool thing. I'm pretty sure I support it, unlike a certain judge that has been in the …

Divorce Parties Remain All The Rage

Monday, 21 January 2008 16:00
I don't understand all the controversy about divorce parties. They've been popular here in the U.S. for quite some time now and their popularity appears to be making its way across the Atlantic to our friends in Britain. Some love them, some hate…

Duchess Of York Speaks Out About Her Divorce

Wednesday, 23 January 2008 16:00
The public turnaround of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is an inspiration to divorced women everywhere. Where our own marriage and personal failings and mistakes are embarrassing in front of our families, friends, and maybe the readers of our…

Saudis Hold Divorce Symposium

Thursday, 24 January 2008 13:00
The other day, Rachel Small wrote about the tragedy of a couple in Saudi Arabia, where a husband and wife were forcibly divorced by the police at her family's request. The police showed up at their door, handed them a divorce decree and promptly…
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