"Conscious uncoupling" is basically a more accurate and positive way to describe mediated divorce. The term also applies to separating couples who aren't married but are tied together financially, or as co-parents, or due to common-marriage laws.
If you and your spouse have children together and have decided to divorce, it is important to understand that your relationship will not end simply because your marriage does. Instead, it will be transformed into a different type of relationship in which you function as co-parents rather than spouses. One way to help get your co-parenting relationship off to a good start is by settling your divorce through the mediation process instead of through traditional litigation.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her Coldplay-frontman husband Chris Martin made waves earlier this year when they announced their intention to – "consciously uncouple" (aka "divorce"). Though divorce in Hollywood is nothing new, nor is it exactly newsworthy around the country, with an average of 50 percent of first marriages ending, the method by which Paltrow and Martin plan to split has garnered headlines across the country.