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Updated Mar 26, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Final Word: 'Conscious uncoupling' and branding your divorce

Whether you're a high profile Hollywood couple or you're not even well known enough to be recognized at your corner bar, if you get divorced, people will talk about you.

They will speculate about whose fault it was, who walked away looking better, and whether or not one or the other is dating already. It's just the way it goes, and it's sad.

But two high-profile entertainers announced their divorce Tuesday and they didn't use the words divorce or separation.

They used a completely new word. Two words, actually. "conscious uncoupling."

I should mention that the couple is actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin. They used the term on Paltrow's website,

Conscious uncoupling. It's the idea that two people who are in a marriage have decided to separate amicably and there is no imbalance of power. None.

But there's also no love. So they decide to "unmarry" and there is no blame to throw around.

Aside from that, there are two careers at stake. Two careers and two children.

So in doing this, they mutually agree that neither one will say a bad thing about another. Neither will assign blame and they respectfully ask for privacy while they split.

Whether they will get it or not is up for debate. But along with their statement, they issued a mini opinion paper from two mental health experts, asserting that perhaps the reason more of us are getting divorced is simply that we are living longer.

The doctors say that when more years are added to a human's lifespan, we tend to develop into not one lifelong relationship, but several.

They argue that human beings haven't been able to fully adapt to our skyrocketing life expectancy, and that our biology and psychology isn't set up to be with one person for four, five, or six decades.

How about that?

Not only did this famous couple come up with a new term for divorce that sounds NOTHING like divorce, they presented a professionally written position paper to support their split.

Are you buying it?

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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