12 Jan The Couch – A Guilty Conscience
There is a new colleague on The Couch. Read the post and see if you can lend a hand.
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Let’s help clear out colleague’s guilty conscience.
This happened to me a few years ago and I have lived with a guilty conscience ever since.
The couple formed a “União Estável” in Brazil, moved to the US, and got divorced a few years later. During the divorce, one of the lawyers was not sure how to refer to the parties: since they were not married, should they be referred to as husband and wife? The thing is, I knew the answer but I did not open my mouth. The lack of an answer to that question made the case go on for longer than warranted (in my humble opinion). And I have felt guilty ever since. Was I right or wrong not to volunteer the information?
So, what say you? And please, provide a complete explanation for your position, so our colleague can stop feeling guilty. He has suffered for years now.