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For a short time, I was divorced but kept my last name since my children all shared the same family name as mine. I was not remarried and felt no rush to change my married name because of the children. Then my first husband remarried, there was a new Mrs. Brown. At this point, his new wife, my children’s stepmom, and I were getting close. We were becoming friends. We would often grab a bite together and when splitting the tab, the waiter would come back with the separate bills both reading Mrs. Brown. This always made us laugh. It simply confused the wait staff and was an atypical situation. We often times stun people when we discuss what our relationship really is, but we don’t mind. It suits us. It may not be for everyone but for us it works.

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