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Ryan Phillippe Wishes Reese Witherspoon Well on Engagement

Would You Marry a Man If the Father of Your Children Didn't Approve?

It doesn't look like Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe will be rekindling their past romance. In an exclusive statement to the New York Daily News, the actor wished his ex-wife and her fiancé well on their recent engagement. He said, "I'm very happy for both Reese and Jim. I wish nothing but the best for the mother of my children." Despite the demise of their marriage, many former couples are able to achieve amicable relationships for the sake of their kids. And that's important since coparenting ultimately involves both parties and additional partners if mom and dad remarry. All things considered, would you walk down the aisle again if your ex didn't approve?

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Isista Isista 5 years
Now, I don't have kids, so my opinion may be biased, but unless the ex is actually present in your life and the kids' lives, or provides a definitive reason as to why they don't like the new person in your life, I don't think they should have a say. Now, if they are an active parent or provide either a good reason or proof as to why they don't like this person, then yes, they should be allowed an opinion, seeing as the child or children is theirs as well. Now, as many of said, I think the children always should have an opinion, although it should be taken with a grain of salt. My half-sister hated my father when my mom married him, simply because he wasn't her dad. That's not a good reason to not marry or be with someone.
phatE phatE 5 years
i don't think the ex has a say, but i definitely think the children do.. it's really selfish to think of it as a "my life, my way" situation when children are involved..
mslewis mslewis 5 years
@lickety split . . . RIGHT ON!! There is no way an EX would have any input on who I choose to date/live with/marry!! I mean, he's an EX for a reason, right? Now, if the children really disliked a man and they had a good reason (I mean a really good reason) to dislike him then I would think very hard about making him a part of my life. But, the EX? No way!!
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
um, yeah. why would i give a crap whether the man who wasn't worth having (as a husband) approved of the man i choose AS my husband? actually, i think it would piss me off if he even chimed in; good or bad.
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