Lessons to Learn from Paltrow and Martin's "Conscious Uncoupling"


Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's decision to call it quits was one of the biggest celebrity news stories last week. Pasadena divorce lawyers say ordinary everyday couples can learn a thing or two from their announcement.

The idea of a “conscious uncoupling” might sound like yuppie nonsense, but you should always keep in mind that divorce is a serious decision. Paltrow and Martin said they spend a year working on their issues, both personally and as a couple, to see if their marriage could be saved. Be sure you’ve made the right choice before you throw in the towel.

When assets are divided during a divorce, neither party ends up entirely happy, so it pays to avoid rash decisions. In 2013, Paltrow and Martin both made Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-earning celebrities. Coldplay’s success has made Martin the bigger earner in the relationship, but Paltrow’s earnings still landed her at No. 71 with $10 million. They were married in California, so the state’s community property laws will apply if they don’t have a prenup or if the prenup doesn’t hold up in court.

Once you decide it’s time to divorce, don’t expose your children to collateral damage. Paltrow and Martin made the announcement while on vacation with their children Apple and Moses in the Bahamas. The vacation gave the kids a chance to see that their mother and father still have their best interests at heart, even though they won’t be married much longer.

Contrary to popular belief, divorce doesn’t have to spell disaster for your children. If you and your spouse can learn to put forth a united front for the sake of your kids, they can thrive no matter what surprises life has in store. Over the course of their 10-year marriage, Paltrow and Martin have come across as devoted parents. They did their best to shield their children from the prying eyes of the media and have stated that their top priority as they move forward is finding a way to work together as successful co-parents.

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