Parenting Bloggers Split

The popular parenting blog, Scary Mommy, started in 2008 and is run by Jill Smokler who has been helping parents with practical advice and funny stories ever since. Recently, Jill has blogged about the fact that she and her husband, Jeff, are going to get a divorce after 17 years of marriage. The reason behind this is that Jeff has come out as gay.

The news is not new to the couple, however, as they have known about Jeff’s sexuality for the past 15 years.

Jill and Jeff met in their first week at university in St Louis and they haven’t been apart since. Despite Jeff struggling with his sexuality, and initially believing that he was bisexual, they have been happily married. It has been unconventional, and the couple are the first to admit it, but they have three children together and enjoy co-parenting.

They are not divorcing through malice or because one of them has met someone else. They simply understand that they – and particularly Jeff – cannot be themselves until they divorce. They cannot be as happy as they could be until they split.

Jill and Jeff are keen to show that a divorce can be amicable and easy. The intend to remain good friends, and they will go on holidays and day trips together. Jeff has moved out of the family home but only lives three miles away, and the children spend half of their time with him, settling into an easy routine.

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Simon Walland