The English Language has a funny way of evolving and when we think we have finally heard it all – Guess what?

Something new comes along and we are left trying to piece together what is actually happening.

The recent breakup of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin after 10 years of marriage has brought us another new phrase in the field of family law,

“conscious uncoupling.”

Wait… what?

The term “conscious uncoupling” seems to have been coined by Los Angeles based therapist and author, Katherine Woodward Thomas, in an effort to guide and comfort individuals as they deal with the conclusion of their relationships.

As part of Mrs. Woodward Thomas’ philosophy, couples will engage in conscious uncoupling work through traumas of a breakup and evolve the dynamics between former partners.

The crux behind this is to have the relationship end in a respectful way, and in a way that encourages self-reflection and thought.

The idea is that through unconscious uncoupling, individuals will come out of relationships in a more secure emotional and psychological state than they would through a traditional adversarial breakup or divorce.

Unconscious coupling is actually not a particularly new, revolutionary concept in the field of family law. In fact, it appears to be an offshoot of the collaborative divorce movement, in which couples work on their divorce in a non-adversarial and collective manner.

The purpose behind this movement is simply to bring a more complete and comprehensive process to divorce proceedings in a manner which encourages efficient and meaningful communication and progress.

William S. Foley, P.A. has vast experience in both traditional and collaborative divorces.

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