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Let's consciously uncouple, says Gwyneth Paltrow

"Conscious Uncoupling" is a phrase that may have only recently been added to the vocabulary of a lot of residents in California and nationwide. Why? Gwyneth Paltrow recently announced that she and her husband, Chris Martin, would be separating in this way. Her celebrity status probably drew attention to the term as well as a bit of skepticism.

The co-author of a book called "Co-Parenting 101" asks that people don't write off conscious uncoupling as a celebrity trend just yet. "I'll admit that given it was Gwyneth Paltrow, my first instinct was snarky," said Deesha Philyaw. "Conscious uncoupling is a real thing."

It is a way in which couples admit that they both no longer want to be married, but they plan for separation together. "From this perspective, there are no bad guys, just two people," said Dr. Sadeghi and Ms. Sami, two individuals that wrote an essay posted on Paltrow's blog. They wrote that this type of approach involves no animosity, and that the partners continue to work as "partners in each other's spiritual progress."

For Paltrow and others, the kids are a big reason why this route was chosen. For Paltrow's family, this long-term cooperation includes a family vacation in the Bahamas to take place post-separation.

It is important to note that this is more of an approach or an attitude towards separation, and not a specific legal uncontested divorce process. Individuals that want to separate in the most amicable way should still seek the assistance of a Sacramento divorce attorney to ensure that the process is handled properly and no detail is forgotten.

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

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