The first state to require visitation or child custody disputes to be mediated is California. Though there have been concerns that such mandatory mediation may in some circumstances place certain individuals in an uncomfortable situation or be put in an unequal bargaining position, most couples that participate will take something away from the process.
The term "conscious uncoupling" has been thrown about in the media as of late due to the separation of Gwyneth Paltow and her husband Chris Martin. Some choose to refer to such a phenomenon as conscious divorce. Whichever term one chooses to use, a more congenial method for divorcing is certainly preferable in a society where over half of all marriages do not last.