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Courteney Cox and David Arquette Trial Separation

Trial Separation Is Just a Baby Step to Divorce

If you're hoping Courteney Cox and David Arquette's trial separation fails, divorce attorneys are here to burst your bubble.

Several divorce lawyers talked to the New York Daily News about what "trial separation" really means. The consensus? It's a euphemism for finished.

Divorce papers may not even be filed, but defense attorney Stuart Slotnick says "nearly 100 percent of the couples who agree to a separation end up divorced."

Celebrity couples are even more likely to take the trial-sep route, because revealing the news slowly de-sensationalizes the story, sparing fans a little and probably themselves more. Maybe publicity-starved artists — which I don't think David and Courteney are — score a little extra time in the spotlight, too.

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bransugar79 bransugar79 5 years
I personally never bought the "trial separation" thing. Being married is a process of work, which is constant. I think if you get to the point where you feel like your life is better served by separating or being in a different place than your spouse, it's pretty much a done deal. I know personally that if I ever got to that point with my husband it would just be done. But I also happen to be a very black and white person when it comes to my feelings; either I love a person or I don't, and neither of those feeling is easy to change.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
My dad and mom were separated for seven years - basically a really long divorce process. And taking a break? That's basically a nice way of saying "I'm too wimpy to break up with you right now, so I'm going to sugarcoat it."
Emily-Co Emily-Co 5 years
Would be interesting to know if the same applies for couples going on relationship breaks.
stephley stephley 5 years
I heard both growing up - trial separations were for people who hoped they just needed space to work out their issues, separations for people who knew it was over. I know of a couple of trial separations that didn't/haven't led to divorce, and two that actually helped.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
I wasn't even taught that separation was a "trial". When my uncle was getting divorced (I was about seven or eight) my mom told me that he and his wife were "separated" which according to her meant that they were still legally married but in the process of becoming divorced.
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