Divorce without court: A helpful reform

At last – Family Innocence Friendly Legislation.  Family InnocenceThe current system assumes an adversarial posture. It needn’t be that way.

Check out this editorial by (Judge) Bruce Peterson, and William Doherty   (Couples on the Brink Project)



State Rep. John Lesch and state Sen. Sandy Pappas recently introduced a “cooperative private divorce” bill that creates an administrative pathway to divorce that skips the court system. If most divorces settle out of court and people just file paperwork for court approval, why is this such a significant reform?

Any time people are put in an adversarial position, anxiety and animosity are almost inevitable. A court proceeding is fundamentally a contest between adversaries — a win/lose battle that depends on convincing a powerful decisionmaker that the other person is wrong.


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