I have often referred to divorce litigation as the "nuclear option" — it is hostile, adversarial, and leaves a wake of financial and emotional destruction behind it. Recently, I learned something about the real nuclear option that drove the point home even further.
Being a divorce practitioner is a bit like being a "renaissance man." It is not enough to simply know the law and be a skilled communicator, although both of those things are certainly fundamental requirements of the job.
Even after stripping away all the hyperbole and misinformation in Divorce Corp., it does get one thing right: far too many people are spending far too much time, money, and emotional capital getting divorced. We need to change how Americans get divorced.
Assumptions are easy to make, but the damage from following them can be hard to correct. Family law mediators must keep an open mind, facilitate discussion with open-ended questions, and let the clients be our guides, not vice-versa.