conscious uncoupling
n. A ritual designed to lead a couple to an amicable divorce or breakup.
consciously uncouple v.

Example Citations:
We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.
—Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, “Conscious uncoupling,” goop, March 25, 2014

A few months earlier, Karey had come to me as a private client and I had encouraged her to let me guide her through my Conscious Uncoupling process to release the trauma of her breakup, reclaim her power and reinvent her life.
—Katherine Woodward Thomas, “Clearing the field after a breakup,” Katherine Woodward Thomas, January 15, 2014

Earliest Citation:

—Kathryn Clements, Conscious uncoupling: the use of ritual to mark the ending of intimate relationships,” Massey University, January 1, 2006 (approx.)

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