Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: What is Conscious Uncoupling?

It was the GOOP post we’ll never forget. When Gwyneth Paltrow announced her separation from rocker husband Chris Martin on her blog, she titled it Conscious Uncoupling, causing both derision and confusion.

What is conscious uncoupling exactly? While it may sound like a supercilious way to say “divorce,” conscious uncoupling can actually set you up for a healthier post-divorce relationship, something that’s extra important if you have children.

What is Conscious Uncoupling?

Katharine Woodward Thomas, a psychotherapist and author, coined the term “conscious uncoupling”. Conscious uncoupling is a drama-free approach to separation that protects children from hostility between their parents by encouraging the divorcing couple to co-parent and avoid pointing fingers.

Offered as a part of an online workshop, Thomas says the process involves breathing exercises and self-reflection. The workshop is designed to help couples feel empowered in their separation, rather than feeling like victims. With conscious uncoupling, there are no bad guys, just two people preparing for life after separation.

What Do Divorce Attorneys Say about Conscious Uncoupling?

The conscious uncoupling approach to divorce allows couples to resolve their differences through non-adversarial techniques. At Sandia Family Law, we encourage our clients to work out their differences though non-adversarial techniques whenever possible. Doing so prevents your children from being put in the middle of your divorce. It also prevents costly court battles that are hard on your finances and your children.

If you’re seeking a non-adversarial divorce, consider mediation or collaborative divorce. Both include similar processes that involve you and your former spouse working on the terms of your divorce behind closed doors, relying on experts to provide advice on how to proceed. Through non-adversarial techniques, you and your spouse learn to communicate and work together after divorce, something that will greatly benefit your children for years to come.

Need Divorce Help in New Mexico?

The divorce attorneys at Sandia Family Law help clients find creative ways to divorce amicably in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. Whether you are interested in mediation or collaboration, or simply have questions about New Mexico divorce law, our divorce attorneys are here to help.

We provide free consultations to help people understand all of their options for divorcing in New Mexico. Contact us at (505) 544-5126 to speak with an Albuquerque divorce lawyer today.

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