In light of recent news headlines highlighting the separation of celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, many people are left wondering, “Just what exactly is this whole ‘conscious uncoupling’ that people are talking about?” It’s no wonder, either, since the term is not typically used to describe a separation or divorce.

So, just what are the benefits and is it the right method for your divorce or separation?

Conscious uncoupling is a term that describes an amicable completion to a marriage’s end. The unique aspects of this form of resolution take a more introspective look at each individual’s strengths and weaknesses, and how they contributed to the success and termination of the relationship. Since each party accepts responsibility, the end goal is to terminate a relationship in a manner that all parties exit in an equally beneficial way.

But, Is This Form of Separation Right for Your Seattle-Area Divorce?

This tends to be really beneficial when kids are involved. In an effort to continue with a healthy form of co-parenting after divorce, keeping peace in the family can help children feel more secure at a time filled with frustration, confusion, and mounting questions. But, if you don’t have any children, and there were some significantly harmful situations that could have led to a divorce, this method might not work out so well for you.

Talking with an experienced, knowledgeable mediation attorney can help you decide if this method will work for your situation. Your attorney will ask things like:

  • How long were you married?
  • Do you have kids?
  • Was there abuse in the relationship?
  • What is your net worth independently and jointly?
  • What is the reason for your separation?

Trying to determine whether you need to have a clean and complete break, or whether you both can remain on good terms does not have a cookie-cutter answer. You always need to consider what is best for all parties affected. For some, ending things and dropping all contact may ultimately be what’s healthiest.

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Molly B. Kenny
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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington
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Carol Delzer 04/18/2014 01:14 PM
Good message
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