Divorce attorney digs up wedding ring
Humorous gifts help clients get on with new life
By HELENA OLIVIERO
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/08/08
Nothing celebrates a dead marriage quite like this: a coffin for wedding rings.
Lined with black velvet and covered with a smooth mahogany finish, the miniature
wedding ring coffin is just big enough for a wedding band, diamond engagement ring
and perhaps a few dried rose petals, tears -- or cheers depending on where you're at on
your closure time line.
"When I heard about it, I went to the Web site and thought
to myself: 'Must have. Must have,' " said Atlanta divorce
attorney Melody Richardson who recently purchased two of
the boxes. "I just thought they were hysterical."
In the past, Richardson has given some clients champagne
or massage kits with notes that read, "massage him out of
But she couldn't resist this wooden box and plans to
stockpile them at her office.
She's mailed one as a birthday gift to a male client "who
And the second 6-inch-long wooden box will go to a
divorcing woman who "has a fabulous sense of humor but
is still grieving."
For some men and women calling it quits, burying the past
can have fits of humor and even inspire divorce parties --
complete with limos, voodoo dolls and banners that say,
Atlanta divorce attorney
Melody Z. Richardson
gives some of her clients
a wedding ring coffin as a
Tamika Gooden, a 32-year-old insurance adjuster who lives in Norcross, threw herself a
divorce party last November at a nightclub featuring black silk roses, a black frosted
cake and napkins that read: "Single Again."
Gooden was surrounded by 120 guests -- family, friends and divorcing strangers who
heard about the party.
"I thought to myself, why be sad? This is a new part of my life," said Gooden, whose
divorce was final six years after the initial breakup.
Since the early 1980s,