Menu Call Email

Need our help or advice?

02380 236025

The Specialists in Family Law...
Divorce. Couple Arguing
Couple Going Through Separation And Divorce
Children - Family Law
Child Looking Sad - Mediation

Divorce without pain in celebrity land


Starting a Relationship - Bastows Solicitors
Published: 20th November 2015 - Category: Separation and Divorce - Author: Lynne Bastow

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez announce divorce after two years

The fashion in celebrity land appears to be a quiet divorce and continuation of family life. After the media storm of the McCartney break up who even remembers Madonna’s divorce? That headline grabbing media magnet managed to get divorced and quietly move on. How clever is she? I submit that she is unique in this regard.

The uncoupling fashioned by Gwyneth Paltrow et al offers a new landscape where couples spend time together post divorce in what appears happy families doing what families who are still legally and emotionally intact do. This all reminds me of Stepford Wives. Let’s pretend we are having fun for the sake of the children, our reputation or to exhibit our exemplary emotional control, self sacrifice and lack of pain and our superiority.

Here’s the thing – if you wanted to have Sunday brunch together as a family you would not be divorced. The relief of divorce is not having to spend time together – isn’t that after all the point of divorce?

These celebrities are copying what most people do who don’t want to get divorced but can’t stand the sight of each other – live out their lives in misery still forced to present a united front to the outside. The reason lots of people give for not going through with divorce is financial – they can’t afford it. What the fashionable celebrity set are expounding is financial independence via divorce, discreet sexual freedom via divorce but family gatherings a la unhappy marriages.

Is this a good thing?  In my experience couples who spend time together as a family afterwards usually do so because one party cannot move on. It’s not about love or kindness it is about control and fear. It does not produce happy memories for the children or even happy children – it is dysfunctional and causes anger and rejection by the children.

Let’s look at Halle Berry – what a stormy ride she has had with Olivier Martinez – they are now divorcing as reported in the Telegraph above – they state that they are moving forward with love and respect for each other. Has the passion run out then? It will be interesting to see if they are able to follow Gwyneth in her conscious uncoupling. Here’s Gwyneth’s explanation:

“What that really means is that even though you hate me and you never want to see me again, we are going to brunch because it’s Sunday and that’s what we do.”

Make your choice but remember – you only have one life and spending Sundays, Christmas and other special times with your ex who you may hate, loath, dislike be repelled by or simply find boring and offensive is endorsed by celebrities.

Lynne Bastow Divorce Solicitor

Meet Lynne Bastow

With over 16 years experience, Lynne can provide excellent and valuable advice and has a friendly, positive approach towards all her clients, ensuring you get the best service possible.

Read Lynne's Books

If you need more information on divorce, Lynne has published two informative guides on divorce, which you can purchase from Amazon.

The Little Book of Divorce

The Little Book of Divorce

Buy on Amazon
The Little Book of Divorce Dilemmas

The Little Book of Divorce Dilemmas

Buy on Amazon
Close

Contact Bastows Solicitors.

Please contact our team if you need any help or advice. Simply complete the contact form below and someone will be in touch soon. The data you provide will only be used by Bastows Solicitors for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry and will not be shared with any third party.

Close

Request a Callback.

If you would like a member of our team to call you, please complete the form below. The data you submit will only be used by Bastows Solicitors for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry and will not be shared with any third party.