Kate Moss and Jamie Hince are reportedly splitting up; Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s marriage is also over. Divorce among couples aged 40-44 is on the rise again – but surely there’s a way to do it amicably, whether you’re part of the couple breaking up or the family and friends? Stick to these rules and you won’t go wrong.
1. Don’t pass judgment
Your role is to comfort and support, not sanction or take sides. Friends and family should be wary of offering their advice, especially when it’s invariably terrible. When Kim learned her husband had been seeing prostitutes for the majority of their marriage, for example, her close coterie counselled against divorce. “Turn a blind eye,” they said. “Keep the big house and the European trips.” Her cousin agreed: “Just have an affair, honey.”