Celebrity Duo Announce Intentions to Consciously Uncouple

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Are Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin gearing up to find a divorce lawyer? The answer is no — not exactly. The Iron Man actress and Cold Play singer do have plans to split, but they are opting out of traditional court proceedings and divorce attorneys. Instead, the duo will amicably end their marriage by consciously uncoupling, Paltrow announced on her lifestyle website, Goop, earlier this year.

What Is Consciously Uncoupling?

Paltrow and Martin are, to be perfectly frank, more or less making it up as they go. The couple is clear on a few things, however. Both partners want their split to be as easy on their children as possible. To that end, they will refer to family divorce lawyers as “uncoupling facilitators” and host an uncoupling ceremony in lieu of a court date. The Huffington Post describes the couple’s plans for the ceremony: “[Paltrow] will wear a custom uncoupled pantsuit by Stella McCartney… It’ll be white. There will be an acoustic number by Chris, with the kids singing backup.” The couple has already made good on their vow to remain somewhat friendly for their children. The actress and singer were spotted vacationing together after Paltrow’s famous announcement.

What Do The Experts Have to Say About It?

News groups, family divorce lawyers, and the general public are largely divided about the stars’ rather unique way of going about things. Some, including NPR, herald the decision as creative and resourceful. Others find it mildly offensive, however. Critics believe Paltrow and Martin are subtly discrediting traditional divorce and child custody proceedings — and casting judgement on couples who cannot split amicably.

Paltrow and soon-to-be ex-husband, Chris Martin, are markedly avoiding divorce lawyers and any kind of mediation for child custody. Although many admire the decision and the couples’ ongoing dedication to their child, others believe it is a bit over-the-top and indirectly judgmental.

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