The latest love to lose its luster in Hollywood is songstress Christina Aguilera and producer husband Jordan Bratman. After five years or wedded bliss and one child, Aguilera and Bratman split. However, unlike most Hollywood couples, the couple did not go straight to divorce but are instead trying out a separation arrangement.
People quotes a source close to the couple: "Yes they are separated. Right now they're just trying to figure things out. There are no divorce proceedings at this point. They have their ups and downs like all married couples. They argue like everyone else." Recognizing the ups and downs of a marriage, and the potential for reconciliation, makes a separation the best option in this situation.
Separation comes in a variety of manifestations: trial, legal, living apart, and permanent. Although some are more structured than others, they all have one thing in common -- a couple is still technically married while separated. Although unique to every marriage, a separation allows the parties to either work through many of the issues they will deal with in divorce, or decide if divorce is really what they are seeking. Retaining health and other benefits is also a desirable aspect of a separation. For parents with children, separations are a good way to ease into a divorce and having separated, whether for months or years, almost always makes the actual divorce process easier as well.
The NY Daily News adds some insight into the Aguilera and Bratman split from a source: "They were very much in love. But over the last six months it became clear that they were more like friends than husband and wife." Usually celebrities are teaching the public what not to do when it comes to their encounters with anything legal, but in the case of the Aguilera and Bratman separation, the couple is setting an example of a viable initial alternative to divorce.