Divorce Solicitors Suffolk – What is “conscious uncoupling”?

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Another celebrity marriage has fallen by the wayside as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced they are separating after 10 years of marriage. Described in Gwyneth’s blog as a “conscious uncoupling” she says that she and Chris had “come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate”. She goes on to say “we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”


A “conscious uncoupling” is a phrase used to indicate that both parties are separating on amicable terms and are aiming to reach an agreement regarding the children and/or their finances without the need for lengthy court battles. It has been suggested that Gwyneth and Chris may use Collaborative Law – a process whereby both parties sit down at a table with a lawyer each and try to reach an agreement together.


However, there are many alternative processes that any divorcing couple can take to reach an agreement and achieve a “conscious uncoupling”. This is a phrase that can apply to everyone, not just celebrities, and anyone who is divorcing or considering taking this step should seek advice from a family solicitor about all the options available to them.


Amanda Crowe is a divorce solicitor at Barker GoteleeSolicitors in Ipswich.

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