One has to admit that Gwyneth Paltrow knows how to create a stir. She’s done it a few times in recent weeks. There was the interview with E! in which she suggested that her “working mom” movie star job is somehow more difficult than that of a mother with an office job.
Then there was her announcement that she and rock star husband, Chris Martin, are on the road to divorce — something she has opted to call “conscious uncoupling.”
Reaction to the use of such an apparent euphemism has prompted sarcastic quips that seem to reflect the view that some think her choice of words is so much lipstick on a pig. And newer reports, such as one in the San Francisco Examiner, indicating that Martin suspects Paltrow has been looking to tarnish his public image by leaking rumors about his alleged infidelities, might seem to support the cynics.
But there are some who give Paltrow credit for at least attempting to position the situation of her separation and divorce in as positive a light as possible. The opinion from this camp is that conscious uncoupling reflects the reality that divorce does not carry the social taint it once did.
Considering that two children are going to be affected by the Paltrow-Martin split, Paltrow’s term might suggest she would prefer a divorce process that shuns litigation in favor of alternative resolution methods.
Whether mediation is in the cards for Paltrow and Martin or not, we cannot say. It may be something that divorcing couples in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area might think about. Consulting an attorney is the right way to determine if it’s a viable method of resolution in your particular case.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Is ‘conscious uncoupling’ a better way to divorce?” Anya Sostek, March 29, 2014