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Does conscious uncoupling help or harm healthy co-parenting?

Over the past several weeks, the term "conscious uncoupling" has been receiving a great deal of media attention. Though she did not coin this term, Gwyenth Paltrow helped to make it famous when she used it to describe how she is approaching her split from her husband. Whether you are intrigued or annoyed by the idea of conscious uncoupling, it is worth examining if you are struggling with your own approach to divorce, a frustrating child custody situation or both.

When two individuals opt to raise their child or children in two different households, they can quickly become overwhelmed by some of the frustrating realities of co-parenting. Scheduling issues, disputes about education and differing approaches to parenting in general can be frustrating even if your relationship with your co-parent is healthy, relaxed and respectful. However, the everyday issues that co-parents face can be undeniably more frustrating if bad blood exists between each former romantic partner.

Conscious uncoupling promotes healing from your split in order to release negative emotions and empower the remainder of your life. Because co-parenting can be difficult even if your relationship with your former partner is healthy, there is an argument to be made for healing any bad blood between you both in order to make things as easy as possible for you and your children.

Conscious uncoupling may not be advisable or even possible for every couple. However, it is an approach worth considering if the bad blood between you and your co-parent is affecting you, your child and your future happiness.

The Huffington Post, "Conscious Uncoupling: Helping Divorced Parents Avoid Unconscious Un-Parenting?" Rosalind Sedacca, April 9, 2014

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