Divorce was once considered a four-letter word in the United States. But as we often do, Americans have started to take the stigma and the judgment out of divorce. It is now common, and, in many cases, seen as necessary.
Not only is divorce more acceptable than it once was, it is now associated with its own rituals and celebrations. Within the past 10 years, "divorce parties" have become a widespread phenomenon, complete with divorce-themed cakes, ironic rituals and party favors ranging from the benign to the inappropriate.