It can be difficult for a couple that has just broken up to decide how to separate their friends. The longest relationships, especially marriages, can get especially tricky, since many of the friends you made may have been the result of your involvement as a couple. Separating friends can get even worse if the break up was messy. While the final decision will ultimately lie with the friends themselves, you may have to be more patient than you’d like, especially during such a stressful time.
Stay away from pettiness. Anything you say to your former girlfriend or wife after the break up may wind up as a conversation topic between your ex and your friends. If you handle the situation with respect, you might not even need to separate friends at all.