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Nebraska couples: Conscious uncoupling or divorce?

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2014 | Legal Separation |

A celebrity couple recently announced its “conscious uncoupling” to the world. Whether it was a new psycho-babble buzzword or a pithy encapsulation of a conscious trend to ease the pain of a marital breakup, half of all marriages are still ending in divorce. Many looking for a less painful way to end a marriage will attempt to assign it a less dramatic label.

In making this statement, the couple chose to focus on the consequences of divorce and legal separation in a different way. In the area of marriage counseling and therapy, various perspectives may signify changes in attitudes that may allow some couples to more closely scrutinize what they are doing.

The effort to use an unknown term could mean a breakup is imminent but with the desire to reap less damage to all those involved. In 43 states, legal separation is allowed, along with legal divorce. Conscious uncoupling is not a legal state of dissolution. Focusing on this perspective may lead to viewing marriage in a different light as well as marital counseling.

One expert claims the trend is looking for an easier, softer way to end a union that has run its course. The term implies a degree of informality that allows others to accept it in a more comfortable context. It also permits the couple and family to acknowledge the successes of the union as well as the positives that may have resulted from it, instead of framing it with failure.

Marriage implies a coming together, divorce an unraveling.

In the interest of the children, it brings a less negative aura to the break up because it allows a smoother and more seamless transition into separateness. This is based on research on how a divorce can negatively impact the children. More recent studies have brought to light the impact divorce can have on children well into their adult years. If using a different term means a better emotional welfare of those involved, the long-range consequences can be much more positive.

If you live in the state of Nebraska, and are considering a breakup, divorce or separation, you may want to consider all the options available to you as you enter into the next phase of your life. As you transition into a new future, you deserve to have access to an informed individual who can explain all the choices you have under the law.

Source:, “Is legal separation a true divorce alternative?” Aug. 05, 2014