When Mr. NC and I started dating, he was at the end of the year long separation required by the state of NC prior to divorce. We were preparing to meet his parents for the first time, spending Thanksgiving with them. He assured me that they would love me 1) because I was wonderful and 2) because they barely tolerated his first wife and thought she was totally whacked. The divorce became final the day before they arrived for Thanksgiving. When they got to the house the first thing they asked was if the divorce was final yet. When he assured them it was, his mother said "Break out the wine!" I knew I was golden from that point forward.