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Is 'conscious uncoupling' the new divorce?

If you follow celebrity news, you may have heard that actress Gwyneth Paltrow has announced her divorce from her husband Chris Martin, a British rock musician. Interestingly enough, it is not the divorce that is making headlines, but more so what she called the divorce: ‘conscious uncoupling.’

While some may see the term as a bit pretentious, others see it as a positive portrayal of the divorce process. Paltrow, a mother of two known for her acting, posted an entry on her lifestyle website about her intentions to split up and also posted an essay from two of her mentors which defines conscious uncoupling.

The essay discusses how long-term marriage may be somewhat of an outdated idea which may have worked better when life expectancy was considerably shorter. They explain that the idea of marriage to one person during your whole life may put too much pressure on people. Instead of looking at divorce as a failure, it could be looked at as a way to grow spiritually. In essence, when divorce is seen as an opportunity to learn or grow, it may be less contentious.

While our Florida readers understand that not every divorce can be peaceful and without conflict, it is definitely something that couples may strive toward. It will be interesting to see how Paltrow’s high-asset divorce plays out. Although they may have the idea of ‘conscious uncoupling’ in mind, unexpected issues may come up, especially considering the fact that they have two children and plenty of assets.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Is 'conscious uncoupling' a better way to divorce?” Anya Sostek, March 29, 2014

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