DEAR ABBY: After a sincere but futile effort to make her marriage work, our daughter, Barbara (her real name), decided it was hopeless, so she has filed for divorce.

Since her father and I officially announced her marriage by sending engraved announcements to friends and family, we think it fitting and proper to do the same for her upcoming divorce.Perhaps this has never been done before, but we feel that it will set the record straight officially, and we hope that friends and relatives will not call to ask us if what they heard is true. - BARBARA'S PARENTS

DEAR PARENTS: Your "idea" is both clever and practical, but it has indeed been done before.

A few authentic divorce announcements that were actually sent (names have been changed):

SPLIT

After Six Years

Lester and Betty

Have seen the light

Married November 8, 1966

Divorced November 6, 1972

Both are happily back in circulation.

Call Lester: 555-6500 (after 9 p.m.)

Betty: 555-1115 (anytime)

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Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Holmes

take great pleasure in announcing

the divorce of their daughter

Caroline Sue

from

their erstwhile son-in-law

Mr. Thomas Cunningham

effective immediately

Atlanta, Georgia

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WITH HAPPY HEARTS

Lionel and Jane announce with pleasure

the severance of all legal

and/or other bonds that may have

existed between their daughter

Janet and That Boy

With the new month of August

Janet enters into a new and

beautiful single life

As for That Boy - May the Great

Honcho in the sky love him and

Keep him - someplace else

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Dr. and Mrs. Theodore L. Weisenheimer

request the honor of your presence

at the fleecing by their daughter

Sara Ann

of

Harold A. Galinsky

the slob she married back in 1965

Divorce

to be Solemnized

on Friday, the seventeenth of August

Nineteen hundred and seventy-three

at two o'clock in the afternoon

Division Y of the Civil District Court

Celebration following at our home

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IT'S OFFICIAL

Coleen and Michael G. Lamour

have parted

amicably and without rancor

Coleen is once again happily

Ms. Coleen Mahoney

Residing at the Honeycreek Towers

Michael's permanent residence

is now on his boat

"I Pagliacci"

Where he will continue to drift

aimlessly . . . forever

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