Hollywood is notorious for ugly divorces: think Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, and the list goes on and on and on. However, lately there has been a trend toward “conscious uncoupling,” as made a talking point by former couple Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Martin and Paltrow were married for 12 years and have two children together. The couple announced that they would be separating in March of 2014. After reaching a divorce settlement in May of this year, their divorce has recently become finalized. At a hearing last week, each agreed that they would not be seeking spousal maintenance from the other.
Paltrow announced the split on her webpage, “Goop,” and started a conversation on conscious uncoupling. She framed the issue as lovingly completing a relationship, and maintaining peace. According to Paltrow, she and Martin came to the conclusion that they love each other very much, but want to remain separate. She asserted her intention and desire to always be a family, and insists that she and Martin are closer than they ever have been. She noted that many fans have thanked her for demonstrating a way of divorcing that is not acrimonious and painful. Paltrow claims to be very proud of setting such a precedent.
The term “conscious uncoupling” was coined by Los Angeles therapist and author Katherine Woodward Thomas. She describes herself as the creator of a five-week “Conscious Uncoupling” process that releases the trauma of a breakup and helps people reclaim their power and reinvent their lives. Read our previous blog on this topic here.
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