Divorce and The Law

Blog post by Mark Hill, Pacific Divorce Management

One of my favorite authors is Scott Turow, writer of a number of excellent legal thrillers. Many of you will know him from the Hollywood movie made of his book Presumed Innocent (1986) which starred Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.

In most recent novel Testimony (2017) his hero is going through a divorce and has the following thought:

“He/she does not love me anymore. That was an injustice for which the law had no soothing response.”

When I read that I immediately thought of what we do in alternative dispute resolution as non-legal professionals. Although, while always acknowledging that we do this work in “the shadow of the law”, mental health and financial professionals can help focus the clients’ attention on obtaining resolution around financial and child issues that are generally far more satisfying than the pure application of the law.