She decided to celebrate her happiness in a public announcement. Instead of writing something sad, she wanted to toast the end of her marriage in the same way her friends were announcing special things like engagements or pregnancies online.
The mum-of-three announced her Decree Absolute in a pink-lined hand towel as if it was a newborn baby, and even weighed it on her kitchen scales.
Carrissa, from Warrington, Cheshire, wrote: ‘Myself & my Dignity would like to announce to the world, our beautiful, healthy, newborn Freedom.
‘Opened today at 11am, weighing 0.40lb I can honestly say I’ve never felt a love like it.
‘Welcome my beautiful lil Princess Le Pinnet.
‘I promise to always love you and take care of you & be my own damn light. No matter how dark it gets. I’m so in love.’
Carrissa, who was married for five years but with her ex for 15 years in total, said she wanted to see the bright side of things.
She explained: ‘You’ve got to find your own funny. I’ve seen loads of people lately having babies and getting engaged and being happy. ‘I just thought, I am happy, and I don’t want to slag him off. It’s done and it’s in the past now.
The divorce is like a baby. I’ve got my baby. I just thought it would be funny if I put it on [in the same way]. ‘When I first opened it, I just felt relief, and was kind of sad. It was a big chunk of my life – it was 15 years. It’s a big chunk of your life so I just felt a little bit reflective.
‘I’m glad it’s over, but it was sad to think more ‘what could have been’ rather than what actually happened.
‘I got a bit whimsical. Thinking to myself, oh well, things could have been different. ‘I wouldn’t bother putting a long depressing one on because I want mine to be upbeat and funny. So it had to fit in with the rest of it.’
Carrissa said she named her divorce baby Princess because she had ‘never been called Princess’ before.
So it was like, if I want to be a princess I’m going to be a bloody princess,’ she said. ‘It’s me that’s looking after me now so guess what, yeah I am. I’m going to look after myself.’