For years I had pretty much taken it as gospel the popular statistic that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. It seemed to fit an apocalyptic narrative, which seemed to fit to the time. But recent evidence shows that although divorce rates increased and peaked during the 1970s and 1980s, rates have actually been declining steadily ever since. In other words, we were dead wrong and its wrong to keep repeating it.
Now… that doesn’t mean that people aren’t divorcing. Fortunately for me and perhaps unfortunately for the rest of the world, my family law practice is humming right along. I don’t seem to have a shortage of divorce cases coming through my door. So, I still hold to this sentiment: although I may not be able to change the fact that people get divorced, I may be able to change HOW they divorce.
That’s why I offer out of court consensual dispute resolution options like mediation and Collaborative Practice. I simply believe that helping families transition without the need for adversarial litigation makes the world just a little better and makes the lives of those going through the divorce way better.