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->''It's things like using force together,\\
Shouting till you're hoarse together,\\
Getting a divorce together,\\
That make perfect relationships.''
-->-- '''Theatre/{{Company}}''', "The Little Things You Do Together"

So, people who break up must indefinitely hate each other, right?

[[RousseauWasRight Wrong]].

Increasingly common in media are situations where a divorced couple still get along for the most part, and in many cases still care about each other even though they're no longer together. In many cases the divorce happened because of distance, circumstance or the simple fact that people change rather than infidelity, betrayal or other serious problems, and the fact that they got divorced is treated as a fact of life rather than due to a flaw in the people. Both parties also generally agree that it was for the best for both of them. It may also be caused by [[LastHetRomance one or both parents]] [[IncompatibleOrientation realizing that they are gay]], and one or both of them realizing that "IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy."

If there are children from the marriage they are shared without much complaint, and the amicability of the parents can often be interpreted as being partly for their sake. As such, this tends to show up in children's cartoons, perhaps as an attempt to counter the stereotype of the children of divorced parents being largely unhappy. May involve a VisitByDivorcedDad that will usually go well, and for the most part any {{Divorce Assets Conflict}}s are avoided or settled reasonably.

The increase in this trope can be attributed in the dramatic shift in divorce rates and public perception of those who have gone through with divorces in the last 50 years. While divorce used to be scandalous, it's now a fairly common occurrence, and this trope reflects the view that it's just a fact of life that doesn't have to permanently poison a relationship. Sometimes it even results in DivorceIsTemporary, though this is less common in more realistic works.

Can apply to non divorced former couples as well, thus the name.

Compare WorkingWithTheEx and SexWithTheEx. [[IThoughtItMeant No, this is not about]] [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork friendly .exe files]].




[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' starts when Miki's parents Rumi and Jin tell her all smiling "[[SayItWithHearts we're having a divorce]] ♥!" They get divorced and stay friends, then they swap spouses with Yuu's parents Chiyako and Youji, and both families move into a BigFancyHouse so the two teens won't lose their parental figures and things will be easier in the financial and emotional senses.
* Ami's mother in ''Manga/SailorMoon'' seems to bear no ill feelings toward her ex-husband, but this has never stopped Ami herself from angsting about it.
* Haruka's parents in ''Anime/{{Noein}}'' have come to terms with their divorce and are able to get along when together. This is something that took time, as their initial feelings were far more bitter, but they eventually realized that despite their attraction to one another they were simply too different to function as a stable couple, and rather than raise a child in that environment they decided to split up to give her a life where her parents weren't constantly fighting. This makes it a case where the split was mainly for the ''child's'' benefit.
* Cher Degre and Hubb Lebowski of ''Anime/WolfsRain'' get along professionally, though there is definite tension in their relationship, and they split mainly because Cher was so caught up in her work that their relationship suffered. By the end of the series, they have mostly reconciled, but [[spoiler:Cher dies suddenly, causing Hubb to cross the DespairEventHorizon, and he spends his last moments cradling her scarf and inhaling her scent]].
* Brick and [[spoiler:Cathy]] are this in ''Anime/BondageQueenKate'', mainly by the misfortune of both of them being strong dominants.
* Ureshiko and Tamotsu in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' aren't officially divorced, but they don't live together anymore. Ureshiko comes over to help him clean once in a while. [[spoiler:In the end, they presumably do get divorced amicably, since Tamotsu told Kagura to treat her well]].
* Austria and Hungary in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' are still very much going out together, despite having been divorced after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Bulma and Yamcha seem to have remained fairly good friends after their breakup, in spite of the fact that Bulma's new love interest is a former villain.
* Miyuki and Yonamine from ''Manga/{{Bambino}}'' maintain an amicable relationship as co-workers even after their divorce.
* Parodied in ''Manga/SilverSpoon''. Yoshino and Hachiken get along rather well, though they aren't particularly close, and their romantic involvement only ever existed in Tokiwa's overactive imagination. That doesn't stop anyone, ''including Hachiken and Yoshino'', from acting like they were dating and broke up, but are still on good terms.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] and his wife [[ComicBook/TheWasp Janet]] of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' after their rough divorce got along very well and even had romantic relations before Janet's death.
* Longshot and ComicBook/{{Dazzler}} of the ComicBook/XMen divorced off-panel, but seem to still get along well enough and still enjoy the occasional roll in the sack for old time's sake.
* Jefferson Pierce, aka ComicBook/BlackLightning and his wife Lynn Stewart split up because of the stress Jeff's superhero life put on their family, but the two remain in friendly contact and Lynn makes sure that their daughters, [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Anissa]] and [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Jennifer]] remain in contact with their dad, and both even become superheroes later (though Jefferson was very adamant that Anissa finish college first).
* ''ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer'' had the title character being forced to confess that she was married to a long separated man, but never formally divorced. As it turns out, the man found out about her new notoriety and got in contact with her not to cause trouble, but to arrange a proper divorce which is done on good terms with everyone involved.
* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] and Lana Lang have been great friends after their time as high school sweethearts.
* A same sex example in the first volume of ''Comicbook/SecretSix'' is Scandal Savage and Jeannette, who were a couple when they were imprisoned in a gulag together but didn't work out in the long run. Even though they're no longer an item they clearly care for each other a great deal and have no apparent resentment or hard feelings over their breakup, and encourage each other to pursue new relationships.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In FanFic/GenderConfusion, Deidara and his [[OriginalCharacter ex-girlfriend]] are actually friendly enough that she invites him to her wedding.
* This is one of the major elements in the ''Hetalia'' fic ''FanFic/{{Tizenot}}'', showing how [[OfficialCouple Austria and Hungary]] got to their current predicament.
* The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3286775/1/ A Longing For Home]]'' features such a scenario in the final chapter. Jack and [[MermaidProblem Leia]] tried to make their relationship work, but ultimately realized it couldn't and thus split up. Despite this and their eventually moving on to other loves and starting a family, the two remain close friends, with Leia visiting Jack as often as she can.
* In Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, we have Ragyo and Soichiro, who actually still love each other and do have plans to get back together when the girls are older, making that also a case of DivorceIsTemporary.

* ''{{Film/Chef}}'': Despite being divorced, it is clear that Carl and Inez care for each other greatly. Inez is also friendly with her other ex-husband, Marvin. [[spoiler:They end up remarrying.]]
* ''LAStory''. Sara and her ex-husband Roland get along well together. Roland thinks it's because of their nationality:
-->'''Roland''': England and America are different. The English keep civil relations with their exes. The Americans sue them.
* In ''NightAtTheMuseum'', Ben Stiller's character and his ex-wife are quite friendly with each other (almost with a sibling-like relationship) and have no trouble with both of them taking care of their son.
* The conclusion of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' shows Miranda and Daniel coming to terms with their divorce and ending their custody dispute. This trope is discussed in the closing monologue.
* In one of the short stories in ''Paris, je t'aime'', a separated couple have one final date before the divorce papers are settled.
* Similarly with ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', in ''TheSantaClause'', Scott Calvin and his ex-wife came to terms with their divorce, custody with their son Charlie, as well as Scott being the new Santa Claus.
* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Creator/LiamNeeson's character and his ex-wife are definitely ''not'' this trope, having divorced mainly because of his career with the CIA convincing her that he didn't care about them, but by the end of the film after he single-handedly rescues their daughter he most certainly earns back a measure of her love, as well the friendship and respect of her new husband.
** Taken even further in the sequel. The events in the film rekindle old feelings they had for each other and it implies that they'll end up back together.
* In ''BonCopBadCop'', David Bouchard still lives in the same house as his ex-wife (in a basement apartment) and both seem committed to raising their daughter together, sharing meals and attending school recitals together. Somewhat subverted in that David still has regrets.
* In ''EveryoneSaysILoveYou'', the characters played by WoodyAllen and Goldie Hawn were once married, but they still get along great with each other. Allen is even good friends with his ex-wife's current husband (played by Alan Alda).
* In ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe'', RyanReynolds' character and his ex-wife were amicably friendly when together at a trip with their daughter Maya at the end of the movie. Maya realizes from her father's stories and through this trip that [[spoiler: her parents aren't meant to be together.]]
* [[CelesteAndJesseForever Celeste and Jesse]] began their separation a couple months before the movie began, and get officially divorced partway through. Despite that, they remain friends throughout the movie. [[spoiler: They never get back together, although they both consider it at various times.]] Apparently they were longtime friends, got married relatively young, and realized they were better as friends.
* ''Film/JurassicParkIII'': [[spoiler:Paul and Amanda Kirby]] are very caring and friendly with each other. Granted, they [[spoiler:initially pose as a couple]] and they do have an important common purpose, but given the stressful circumstances one would expect them to get on each other's nerves at some point and show some signs of resentment. Instead, there are strong hints that they will [[DivorceIsTemporary get back together]].
* Hester and William in ''Film/TheDeepBlueSea''. They're not yet divorced but live separately since William found out Hester had been cheating on him with Freddie. While initially very mad at her and refusing to give her a divorce, the film shows he's mellowed out completely in a few months and visits Hester to make sure she's happy. On her part Hester never blames him for their unhappy marriage, though she refuses to continue it, and is grateful for his concern.

* Variations in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Rachel's parents, Dan and Naomi, are uncomfortable spending time together, but they'll do it. On the other hand, she's friendly enough with Jake's parents (her ex-husband's brother and his wife) that she'll dog-sit for them when Jake's mom's grandfather passes away, while she and Jake still refer to each other as "aunt" and "nephew." And on the other hand, she and Saddler's parents don't really get along, but her family still "helps out" once he's in the local hospital.
* Watson Brewer (Kristy's step-father) and his first wife in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'', where Watson steps in with insurance help and making sure Lisa can manage with crutches when she sprains her ankle. Less so in the ''Little Sister'' spin-off.
* Robert B. Parker's SunnyRandall and her ex-husband Richie still spend quite a bit of time together, to the detriment of their other relationships. Their divorce was due to a variety of factors, but is mostly CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem and the fact that Sunny realized that [[LikeParentLikeSpouse Richie was very similar to her father]]. They don't have any children, but their miniature bull terrier Rosie is shared between them, with much [[LampshadeHanging Lampshading]] about how they want the best for their "kid."
** By the same author, Literature/JesseStone has an interesting relationship with his ex-wife Jenn that varies between this and less amicable, since while she did cheat on him to further her career they are on relatively good terms, and cooperate on a few cases (the TV movies based on the books play their relationships as much more antagonistic). Parker himself was HappilyMarried for over 50 years to his wife Joan.
** It's no surprise, then, when Sunny and Jesse end up hooking up in a CrossOver between their series.
* In ''ThePaleKing'', Chris Fogle's parents try to give this impression, but both of them are deeply affected by it.
* ''Literature/OneDay'' has [[spoiler: Dex]] and Sylvie amicably sharing custody of their daughter and still caring about each other.
* ''[[BloodyJack TheWake Of The Lorelei Lee]]'' has [[spoiler:Jacky and Higgins]] getting married [[SettledForGay as a cover.]] As soon as possible, they get divorced, and their relationship goes back to the way it always was.
* Charlie and Renee in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* An Creator/EdMcBain novel began with the protagonist in bed with his ex-wife.
* In the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' series Alanna ends up breaking up with Prince Jonathan after the third book, and after spending some time apart they evolve into this, with Alanna even being chosen as King's Champion[[note]]essentially the highest ranking Knight in the kingdom, meaning that he trusts her to dispense justice on his behalf[[/note]] once Jonathan is crowned.
* In a subversion Ivan and Tej in Captain Vorpatril's Alliance have an amicable attempted divorce. The get married to avoid immigration on the promise to divorce as soon as possible, only to find out that this is only allowed with cause(which means in Barryaran law, roughly the same as would be fammiliar on Earth plus "concealed mutation"). And "unfortunately" they had both got along [[HappilyMarried too well together]] for that to be plausible.
* David Lurie and his second ex-wife Rosalind from ''Literature/{{Disgrace}}'', who are still friends and meet up with each other regularly.
* Rupert and Zinka in ''DeepSecret'' were once a couple. Exactly how serious their relationship was isn't clear, but Rupert still finds her very attractive. They broke up largely due to [[TripleShifter the sheer strain of being Magids]], and remain very good friends.
* Nathan and Cynthia, in ''Literature/TheMemoryWars'', dated briefly in college. They're still close enough to go investigating murder scenes together.
* In ''Literature/TheGodfather'' Johnny Fontaine starts to reconcile with his first wife, at the Don's suggestion, after he gets sick of his second wife screwing around. Though they agree to just remain friends and be involved in raising their kids.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* While they still trade plenty of barbs, Frasier Crane and Lilith Sternin of ''{{Cheers}}'' and ''{{Frasier}}'' were on amicable enough terms to have Thanksgiving together without killing each other or anyone else, and when [[spoiler:Lilith wanted another baby and needed a sperm donor, she came to Frasier first]].
** In one episode of ''{{Frasier}}'' both Frasier and Lilith are unknowingly set up on a blind date together. They both end up telling each other that they both have a date. They both end up canceling them to spend the evening with each other watching a movie both unaware that they were set up together. Their friends who set them up were unaware of their past relationship.
** This relationship was also subjected to a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness when Martin comments that Lilith was worse than Niles' then-wife Maris. It would later become evident that Maris was two inches away from a DomesticAbuser, who didn't ''deserve'', [[WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHerBack much less attain]], this trope when she and Niles split up. In early episodes, Lilith's presence was interpreted as being downright demonic (as a play on her name). Also, Frasier and Lilith had just freshly divorced when the show started (on account of her cheating on him after a really subtle relationship decay), while Maris' foibles didn't lead to her and Niles separating until 3 or 4 seasons later—the divorce didn't even come until he discovered she was sleeping with their marriage counselor. After that, she was considered just as screwy as Lilith, if not more so.
** Even after some point, Niles and Maris begin to fit this trope, when after the divorce and his marriage to [[spoiler:Daphne]], Maris comes to him for assistance regarding an abusive boyfriend.
* Alex and his ex-wife Phyllis Bornstein-Consuelos from ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' had a pretty good relationship as shown whenever the latter appeared. It helped that they both hadn't seen each other for eighteen years. They even kissed when Phyllis came over to visit Alex for Christmas.
** Lampshaded by Louie's ex-girlfriend Zena, who wanted to invite Lou to her wedding. Though Louie was too depressed to go, he decided to set things right by crashing into Zena's honeymoon cruise.
* Jules and Bobby on ''Series/CougarTown'' get on extremely well, hang out together all the time. It seems that they both think they work better divorced.
* Once on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' George dated a woman who still lived with her ex.
** Jerry and Elaine were, at one time, in a long-term relationship.
*** Interesting, given that [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] who played Elaine, would go on to play Old Christine in ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine''. There, Old Christine and her ex-husband, Richard, are the epitome of the Amicably Divorced, tossing deprecatory puns back and forth between them while helping each other sort through their problems. In fact, they both count as being among each other's best friends. This caused New Christine to call off her and Richard's wedding, as she was upset that the two were spending so much time together, even at the wedding.
* Ted and Robin in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' broke up very amicably with no heartbreak or fighting whatsoever (after realizing that they wanted completely different lives and didn't want to force each other to compromise), and not only remained very close friends throughout the series, but it is revealed that they will always remain close friends, as Robin is known as "Aunt Robin" to Ted's future children and apparently interacts with them a great deal. They were even platonic roommates in seasons 4-7, and Ted has promised to be Robin's best man should she ever get married.
** This is eventually subverted when they realize that they are ''too'' amicable with each other and thus cannot maintain new romantic relationships. In the back of their minds they have the faint (false) hope that they will get back together and thus they cannot fully commit to new relationships.
*** [[spoiler: The finale has Ted's kids encouraging him to pursue Robin again, years after The Mother passed away.]]
** Ted's parents are this. At one point, Ted's father introduced a suitor to Ted's mother nine months after their divorce.
* The main character on the TV series ''Series/DreamOn'' got along very well with his ex-wife.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': After their divorce at the beginning of seventh season, Bree and Orson Hodge are in better terms with each other.
** Lynette's mother and her favorite stepfather are this trope. They only divorced when the husband came out as gay and he even agrees to be her caretaker when they're both elderly.
* Dr Cox and Jordan in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' coped far better divorced than they ever did together. They still constantly snipe at each other, but it's just the way they are. In fact, when they find out that their divorce was never made official due to a clerical error, they actually get divorced ''again'' to ''save their relationship''. The divorce is even performed in front of their friends and family as a big romantic ceremony. Of course, this is a slightly different example than normal because despite being divorced they have returned to a romantic relationship. They live together, have sex with each other, fight and interact as a normal married couple would.
** [[WillTheyOrWontThey JD and Elliot]] try to be this, since their attempts at a relationship always failed horribly. Season 4 establishes that they no longer have romantic or sexual feelings for one another. In season 5's "My Day at the Races", they realized that their friendship was superficial and they weren't as close as they had been before their last breakup, but this is fixed by the end of the season and they stay that way until season 8, when they start having romantic feelings again.
* Elena and Matt on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. They are still friends who look out for each other after they broke up.
* Toby Ziegler and Andrea Wyatt on ''TheWestWing'', who were so, uh, "amicable" he wound up [[spoiler: impregnating her]] while they were divorced, of course, [[spoiler:this may have been a left over of part of the couple's previous fertility treatments while they were married. It's possible that Andy was impregnated by previously fertilized and stored ova, the actual means of how Andy got pregnant are not discussed or revealed, so it's unknown exactly what happened, but either way they'd have to be pretty amicable to even agree to it in the first place]].
* [[spoiler:Flash-sideways Jack and Juliet]] in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Brock and Reba in [[{{Reba}} the eponymous sitcom]].
* The Jacksons on ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': Remarkably so considering Chrissie left Alan for her Judo instructor.
* Lowell of ''Series/{{Wings}}'' divorced his wife Bunny after a long separation, only to have the split end up completely reinvigorating their sex life. They would end up having to work at staying apart.
* Except for a flashback to when their marriage was on the rocks, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy's]] divorced parents seem to get along fine, and afterwards Joyce recalls their relationship with fondness. The two are extremely cordial in Hank's few appearances in the show. It's only really after Joyce's death that his status as a deadbeat is fully implemented.
* [[Series/{{Castle}} Richard Castle]] gets along with both of his ex-wives. He likes Alexis' mother, but it was just that being married didn't work for either of them. And his second wife [[WorkingWithTheEx continues being his publisher and publicity agent]] even after their divorce.
* Earl and Joy from ''MyNameIsEarl''. Their relationship was a complicated one from the beginning, where Joy got him drunk enough to get a Vegas marriage when she was 6 months pregnant. Then she cheated on him with Darnell and Earl ended up raising ''two'' kids that weren't his. She divorced him when he was laid up in traction from getting hit by a car and eventually married Darnell. Despite all of this, and a very rocky start of their post-marriage life due to Earl's lotto money, they became pretty close friends and have a small celebration on their anniversary. Earl often spends time with the family and Joy's kids even refer to him as "Old Daddy." [[spoiler: This became even more complicated in the last episode when they discover that Earl actually was the father of Joy's first son (due to mistaken identity and Earl being drunk), and Darnell wasn't the father of the second.]]
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'' John Sheridan and ex-wife Elizabeth Lochley not only get along but have an implicit trust in each other than makes them an ideal command team. According to Elizabeth they both realize that the marriage was a horrible mistake due to their aggressive command personalities. The divorce saved their friendship.
* Cal Lightman from ''Series/LieToMe'' gets along very (very [[SexWithTheEx very]]) well with his ex-wife.
* In ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Zack and Cody's divorced parents are on good terms.
* On ''Series/HappyEndings'' Dave and Alex try to play out this trope even though they were never actually married (Alex left Dave at the altar). They have many friends in common and value those friendships too much to make those friends choose sides. They do fight sometimes, especially at first, but eventually play this straight, even after they get back together and break up again.
** Penny was Max's LastHetRomance, though now they're very good friends.
* George and Anne from ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''. They broke up when George cheated on her, got back together, then broke up again. Yet they're still friends, frequently chat, and have no issue with the shared custody of their three children.
** George and his first wife Kathleen are also on good terms, both agreeing that they were simply too young and immature when they got married.
* ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' has two cases: Carter's Ex actually shows up and establishes that the breakup was because Carter would always rush off to work, and when she realizes how much a part of the town both he and daughter Zoey are, she's even willing to step aside and let Zoey remain, even though the agreement was for her to return with Abby at the end of the school year.
** Allison and Nathan Stark divorce over the course of the initial season, but still work together and eventually commit to remarry [[spoiler:, until Nathan 'dies' while ending a time loop]].
* Sae Hee and Young Joo in the KoreanDrama ''Series/TheCityHunter''. They broke up because of his [[MarriedToTheJob job]], but still see each other frequently as friends.
* In ''Series/MenOfACertainAge'', Joe and his ex-wife divorced before the events of the first season. As of the second season, they appear to be getting romantically involved with each other again, or at least exploring the possibility. At the very least, they are friendly and have shown up to their kids' school events together.
* Ross and Carol in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' still get on very well; if Carol wasn't a lesbian, they'd probably still be together. This may explain why Carol's partner Susan doesn't seem to like Ross much (though her opinion of him jumps up considerably after he shows just how amicable he is by convincing Carol to [[spoiler:go ahead with the marriage despite family issues]])..
** And of course, Ross and Rachel. They were hostile towards each other for a few episodes after their breakup, but then went back to being friends.
* Nate and Maggie of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', so much so that [[LimitedSocialCircle she's the only person he talks to]] outside [[TrueCompanions team.]]
* ''VivaVariety'' is hosted by Mr. Laupin and the [[InsistentTerminology Former]] Mrs. Laupin. They even do a romantic musical number together called "My Divorce."
* Pilot neighbor [[DropInCharacter Howard Borden]] on ''TheBobNewhartShow'' is friendly with his ex-wife, although his insecurity makes him competitive over impressing their son.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': David Rossi gets along with at least one of his ex-wives, and it's implied their relationship fell apart over [[spoiler: the trauma of losing a baby]]. They still trust each other enough so that [[spoiler: when she's diagnosed with ALS, she asks him to assist in her suicide]].
** From the same series: Hayley and Hotch go through a painful period after their divorce, but after some time has passed, it becomes clear that they still care very much for one another. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, before things can get as far as "amicable," Hayley is murdered.]]
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Colonel Sheppard and his ex-wife Nancy seem to get along well enough to understand how much strain their respective jobs had put on their relationship and she's able to use her position at Homeland Security to pass along some information to him when he's back on Earth to track down a Replicator.
* In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the Pink Ranger Kimberly's parents are divorced but start off kneedeep in this trope - their one appearance involved the mother showing up with her new flame in a meet-the-parents affair at Angel Grove High. The real Aesop though is that the divorce hasn't affected their relationship with their child rather than each other.
* This is the entire basis for the show ''Series/HappilyDivorced'' on Creator/TVLand. Fran and Peter still live together, share advice, and are involved in one another's lives. [[IncompatibleOrientation If not for his coming out]], they would most likely still be married. This is [[WriteWhoYouKnow based on]] star/creator Fran Drescher's relationship with her ex-husband, whom she still works with.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Broyles' obsession with a certain case ended his marriage with his wife Diane. That said, the two are still on very good terms, and he appears to be on friendly terms with her new husband as well. After he finally closed and solved the case, Diane was genuinely proud of him for it.
* ''Series/CommonLaw'' features this between Wes and Elizabeth. The two are still clearly close and it's implied quite often that Wes would like nothing better than to go back to the way things were.
* An early season of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' had Ashley wonder why her parents divorced, since they were still very close friends. She finds out that [[IncompatibleOrientation it was because her father realized he was gay]] and he ended up remarrying.
* In season 7 of ''Series/{{House}}'', House and Cuddy get along nearly as well after they break up as they did before they got together in the first place (i.e. not all that well, but about as well as House gets along with ''anyone''). [[spoiler:Until House drives his car into her living room at the end of the season.]]
* Leonard and Penny from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' are like this during their "off again" stages. They occasionally bicker, but it's clear to anyone that they're close friends. This trope is {{Lampshaded}} after there first "real" break up when they treat Sheldon as if he were a child they had shared custody over, watching him sleep peacefully after a trip to Disneyland together.
* Jo and Russ on ''{{CSI NY}}''. The main problem was that Russ wanted a [[StayInTheKitchen stay at home wife]], while Jo is a dedicated career woman. However, the one episode he showed up in depicted them as fairly friendly and even still having some UST.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} overall in ''Series/BlueBloods'' between Erin Reagan and her ex-husband Jack Boyle. They're reasonable but rather curt with each other, and the first time we meet him, Jack wonders why Erin still has her married name "Reagan-Boyle" on her door. She says it's the same reason people who have lost weight keep a "before" picture. Ouch. However, they still trust each other enough that Erin calls Jack to represent her brother Danny after he gets framed.
* John & Laurie Cooper of ''Series/{{Southland}}''. His coming out as gay was a major factor in their divorce, but they clearly still love/care for each other. Laurie risked her job and career as a nurse for a long time to provide John under the table pain killers for his bad back.
* In Creator/JimHenson's unsold pilot ''Puppetman'', Gary gets along well with his unseen ex-wife.
* Series/WillAndGrace, who are extremely close PlatonicLifePartners, briefly dated in college. She was his LastHetRomance.
* In ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', Captain Frank Furillo's ex-wife Fay shows up at the police station every few episodes, usually asking Frank to help her with something. Even though this sometimes irritates Frank, they still seem quite fond of each other. Part of the equation is that Fay has custody of their son, Frank Jr. Frank's new girlfriend, Joyce Davenport, is also usually on quite friendly terms with Fay, even though she's a rival for Frank's attention.
* Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith in ''Series/DoctorWho'' though the latter is at first upset when she left him to go with the doctor but they maintain a friendly relationship afterward.
* Emma and Leo from ''Series/RedBandSociety''. Leo broke it off because he was afraid he was about to die of cancer; meanwhile, Emma believes he was afraid he'd be stuck with her if he survived. To get around their issues, they resort to a ''lot'' of snark.
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the TV Star," it appears that crime show star Brad Terry and his murdered ex-wife Susan Malloy were this. But, as it turns out, Brad's show ''Crime Lab SF'' is about to go into syndication and since he was still married to Susan when the show first began airing, she's entitled to half of the syndication money. Since Brad doesn't like that part of the agreement, he stabs her while she's doing her yoga workout and makes it seem like she was stabbed by a deranged fan while he was outside talking to paparazzi.

* This trope is the basis for a scene in ''Theatre/{{Company}}'':
-->'''Robert:''' You mean you two are not married now?\\
'''Susan:''' Well, not since the divorce.\\
'''Robert:''' Then where are you living now, Peter?\\
'''Peter:''' Why, here at home. I mean, I've got responsibilities. I've got Susan and the kids to take care of. I certainly would never leave them.\\
'''Robert:''' So, are you two considering getting married again?\\
'''Susan:''' Married? Oh, no, we tried that, thank you very much.
* Henry and Charlotte in Tom Stoppard's ''Theatre/{{The Real Thing}}''. Though they divorce after Henry's affair with Annie is exposed, by the second act (two years later), Henry and Charlotte are on friendly terms. They trade witticisms and discuss both their daughter's impending departure as well as their respective relationships. By the end of the scene, Charlotte slyly offers sex (which Henry declines):
-->'''Charlotte:''' You don't fancy one for the road?\\
'''Henry:''' No, really.\\
'''Charlotte:''' Or a drink?\\
'''Henry:''' (''Smiles'') No offence.


[[folder:Video Games]]
* It's possible for the PlayerCharacters and their romance options in the Franchise/DragonAge games to avert this or play it straight due to how the companion approval systems work. Ending a romance can lose approval, but gaining it back is often a trivial matter.
* The [[BittersweetEnding "best"]] ending of SilentHillShatteredMemories involves [[spoiler:Harry and Dahlia leaving on equal terms, and only divorce because their relationship has grown irreconcilably stale.]] The [[DomesticAbuse other]] [[YourCheatingHeart endings]], [[DrunkDriver though]]...
* Between the events of ''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Roland and Lilith were in a relationship but the former broke it off so that they could focus on their war against Handsome Jack. Despite this, they get along pretty well (though Roland is still somewhat awkward with her) and Lilith seems interested in trying to rekindle things with him.
* [[SuperMarioBros Mario and Pauline]], they were once love interests in the original VideoGame/DonkeyKong arcade game, but when Pauline returned in the VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong series, it was stated that they were still good friends.
* In ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', it's possible for two Miis who were sweethearts to end their relationship on good terms and go back to being friends.


* ''QuestionableContent'':
** Marten Reed's mother is a famous fetish model, and his father is the owner of a very successful gay nightclub who realizes as an adult that he is himself gay. Their marriage falls apart, but they remain in friendly contact. Despite being an unsuccessful couple, they are excellent parents to Marten; Veronica's approval for Henry's remarriage is contingent with Marten's. She says that they just make better friends and parents than they do husband and wife. She [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2401 rehearses]] a speech at Henry's remarriage about how he ruined her life, but it's revealed to be just a joke -- Henry's right there and playing along, while Marten is busy choreographing a WeddingSmashers brawl with the groom. The speech she does give (in 2402) revolves around loving your ex.
** Additionally, [[spoiler:Marten and Dora]] eventually fall into this after some initial awkwardness after their breakup, and both are supportive of the other's new relationships.
* In ''Midnight Macabre,'' Gaspar and Natalie are friendly after their divorce. This is probably because they were friends even before they dated; Gaspar's friend Art, however, thinks it's because [[ShownTheirWork Texas didn't have alimony laws at the time the comic takes place]].
* In ''I Don't Get It'', [[http://www.drunkduck.com/I_Dont_Get_It/5344601/ this is the case with the main character's stepmother]], who is still close to the father despite being divorced.
* Commander Badass of ''ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' is still on good terms with his ex-wife to the point of having a barbecue together and casually exchanging custody of the kids after work. As a result, it's a huge [[TearJerker kick in the tear ducts]] when [[{{Bishounen}} Nomura]] [[TheVirus Syndrome]] renders the Commander unrecognizable to them. He's also cool with his former team keeping a pin-up of her as their ship's NoseArt, stating that just cause they divorced doesn't mean she's not hot anymore.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'', Agent 250 and his ex, Irene, are practically best friends, and Irene gives pointers to his current paramour, Agent 300.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Meulin and Kurloz were originally in a long term romantic relationship until Kurloz had a nightmare, after which he screamed enough to deafen Meulin. This incident prompted him to chew off his own tongue and sew his mouth shut, and even though the two of them are no longer together they're still very close. Slightly complicated by the fact that [[spoiler:Kurloz is seen to use at least some level of MindManipulation on her to make her loyal to his religion, which in fact worships the comic's BigBad, so it's uncertain how much of this is genuine]].
** Dave broke up with Terezi partly because he was weirded out by [[YourNormalIsOurTaboo troll polyamory]] and partly because the other guy she was being polyamorous with was [[MonsterClown less than savory]], but they stayed friends.
* Ally and Alan in ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' had a really volatile break up back in college, you wouldn't guess as much considering how indestructible their friendship is now.
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Davan and Branwen are a huge example of this. Their breakup was over Branwen moving rather than any issue between them, and they've remained close friends ever since, with Branwen even meeting Davan's new girlfriend, Vanessa, and getting along perfectly well with her, too. It's really showcased during Davan and Vanessa's wedding reception, when Branwen shows up in a t-shirt with "I used to screw the groom" on the front and [[LesYay "now I've come for the bride"]] on the back.
* Elliot of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has two exes who're still his friends. Nanase broke up with him because she was gay (although she didn't realise it at the time, and eventually hooked up with his OppositeSexClone). He and Sarah both came to the conclusion, independently of each other, that they were better off as good friends, and the only potential drama involving their breakup was that they didn't think anyone else would believe it went so smoothly.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Buster's parents from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' seem to get along when they interact, and Bitzi certainly doesn't seem to mind it when Bo takes Buster traveling for a long period of time (this is the focus of the SpinOff ''Postcards From Buster'').
* WesternAnimation/PepperAnn's mother and father, who split up because he was away as a blimp pilot so often.
* Tino's mother and father in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''. The main factor of their divorce seems to be that Tino's dad needed to stay on the East Coast for his job.
* Mary and Warren [=McGinnis=] from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' seemed reasonably amicable until Warren's death. Terry however had some issues with the divorce and living with Warren, and joined a street gang before the start of the series and was caught shoplifting, prompting Warren to spend more time with both of his sons.
* Rodolfo and Maria on ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'', even though Rodolfo still pines to reconcile with her.
* Lois and Jonas Foutley on ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' were divorced, though it was never made clear why, but implied due to changes in their lifestyles. Lois and Ginger still can accept Jonas despite him not always being there, but the divorce has made Carl distant with his father, and this conflict appeared in a few episodes, since wasn't even around for the first season or two of the show and completely failed to keep up on events with his kids. When he suddenly came into the picture it was as a hesitant, awkward but trying man, and fits with the theory of someone who ran away from a problem but now trying to fix it, but is aware they don't really deserve a second chance.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' Charlene seems to have this sort of relationship with her ex-husband [[MadScientist Doctor]] [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Doofenshmirtz]], even defending him when [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter their daughter]] calls him evil. (Even though he ''is'' by [[CardCarryingVillain his own admission]]). Doofenshmirtz himself is civil around her and Vanessa, but one can tell that he doesn't appreciate her DeadpanSnarker attitude and remains a tad bitter:
-->"[[VillainSong ...far away from city life/My stupid brother, and ex-wife...]]"
** In her first appearance in "Ice Cream, You Scream" Charlene tells Vanessa that "no one's evil" and that their marriage didn't work because they both wanted "different things" ("was one of those things, being evil? 'Cause he's evil").
** In the episode "Run Candace, Run", Doof's building is being foreclosed on since he spent his mortgage money on some gargoyles. Despite Charlene being able to lend him the money to cover the cost, he refuses to call and ask her, since she told him gargoyles were a stupid idea. In the end, he does ask her, and she does lend him the money after the obligatory "I told you so."
** Subverted with their AlternateUniverse counterparts in "Tales from The Resistance: Return to the 2nd Dimension"--[[spoiler:they are in fact HappilyMarried and pretending to be divorced, for a number of reasons ranging from protecting Charlene from the law to tax benefits to just preferring to have their space]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Tenzin and Lin Beifong had a failed ChildhoodFriendRomance before the start of the series. They appear to get along well enough, and Tenzin claims that while Lin was angry about the breakup at first and attempted to have her love rival arrested, she's moved past it. It's pretty obvious that she hasn't, [[UnbalancedByRivalsKid particularly in how she treats Korra]]. Realizing this helps Tenzin extend the hand of friendship, after which the two manage to get along better. She also seems to get along pretty well with Tenzin's children with said former love rival, especially after they help her fight off the Equalists.
** Mako and Asami eventually gain this type of relationship as well, which is interesting considering that their relationship falls apart over [[YourCheatingHeart Mako kissing Korra while still being in a relationship with Asami]]. Asami's main issue with it seems to be that he lied and tried to hide it rather than the fact that it happened, and she notably refuses to blame Korra for what happened, knowing that she [[NoSocialSkills has not been very well socialized]]. The last time they see each other in season one (and WordOfGod says this was intended to be their breakup scene), their parting is solemn but friendly and she kisses him on the cheek.
---> '''Mako:''' I'm sorry things got so messed up between us. But whatever happens today, I want you to know how much I care about you.
---> '''Asami:''' I care about you too.
** Similarly, the end of season 2 sees both [[spoiler:Bolin and Eska]] and [[spoiler:Mako and Korra]] turn into this. In both cases the two characters still have feelings for each other, but given the events of the season realize that they simply don't work as a couple.
** Part of Mako's character arc in Book 3 was to develop into an amicable ex around Korra and come to terms with the awkwardness of being around her, even if they are happy with their friendship.
* The ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' tie-in comic notes that ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} has managed to stay friends with all of his exes (who include ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and [[ComicBook/{{Icon}} Rocket]]). "That's ''my'' superpower."
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy]]. The actual break-up isn't amiable (which it wouldn't be if [[spoiler:you broke your leg trying to rescue your girlfriend, and when you finally see her again she breaks up with you]]), but she does her best to let him down gently and they're still friends at the end of the series.
* [[CoolLoser Jane]] and [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s final season, after she gets over him [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]] with [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]]. [[spoiler:Daria and Tom]] at the end of the series.