Recent celebrity splits have highlighted the benefits of amicable divorce and brought worldwide attention to the reasons why it can be important to find a way to remain friends, or at least continue to communicate, with a spouse after separation.
This is not the first time a celebrity divorce has sparked a ‘trend’ in divorces. After the McCartney/Mills divorce in 2008 there was a trend for aggressive court battles. Then in 2013, we experienced a lot of people asking us to help them with a ‘quickie divorce’ following Nigella’s split from rich businessman Saatchi. However, there is no such thing as a quickie divorce. Celebrities can get divorced no quicker than you or I. Divorce procedure takes between four to six months regardless of how much money you have. In some cases, it takes longer, usually due to disagreements over the financial settlement. This is one of the advantages of amicable divorces.
Inspired by the ‘conscious uncoupling’ of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin in 2014, the latest trend sees couples aiming to stay friends throughout the divorce process. Gwyneth and Chris are not the only celebrity couple to make the public consider the benefits of avoiding an acrimonious split. Other couples have shown us how to end an unhappy marriage in a positive light as well.
This year Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner ended their 10-year marriage but have been spotted out in public together sticking to their normal routine as if nothing has changed. Why? The answer lies in their three children. In a statement where they asked for privacy for their children, they said they were moving forwards with “love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting.”
In August 2015, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale broke up after 12 years together but stated that they were going to “remain partners in parenthood and stay committed to jointly raising their three sons in a happy and healthy environment.”
These examples of celebrity couples staying friends with each have made an impression on the general public. If the public latch on to this then it should be seen as a positive thing. These celebrity couples have championed commitment to co-parenting and making a conscious decision to do what is best for children in the event of a divorce or separation.
Slater and Gordon Divorce Lawyer Amanda McAlister said, “It can be complicated and difficult to maintain a civil relationship during divorce proceedings. But there are some steps that can potentially make a divorce less traumatic for all parties. This includes engaging solicitors who are committed to the amicable divorce process through informal roundtable meetings.”
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have the largest team of Family Lawyers in England and Wales and can provide you with mediation and collaborative law services if you are looking for an amicable divorce. For an initial consultation call us on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help.