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Graceful Divorce

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Marcy Jones, author of "Graceful Divorce Solutions: A Comprehensive and Proactive Guide to Saving You Time, Money, and Your Sanity" joins us to talk about alternatives to the common divorce process. As a lawyer, Marcy Jones realized the need for people to understand their options when divorcing, and for lawyers to understand the emotional components of a divorce. She decided to practice family law so she could look for ways to fix a broken legal system not created for or conducive to dealing with family issues. Jones thoroughly explains why the legal system should not be involved in most divorce cases, including that law was designed for criminal issues and to settle disputes between people who had done business together but who would not have long-term relationships afterward. By contrast, when two spouses divorce who have children, they remain a family and need to communicate with each other on a regular basis. The legal system's way of turning a husband and wife against each other is not conducive to ongoing communication between the couple after the divorce, and especially not beneficial to the children's welfare. Jones realizes not all marriages can end peacefully with a collaborative divorce, although many can with cooperation from both spouses. Jones discusses, therefore, the different available divorce processes: "litigation, lawyer/lawyer negotiation, mediation, Do It Yourself, and collaborative divorce" so her readers can make an informed decision about which option is right for them. She also goes into detail about the different aspects of divorce, clarifying that a couple really must go through four divorces: legal, financial, social, and emotional. The difference with collaborative divorce, or any of the processes other than litigation, is that the matter can be settled peacefully outside of court and the couple can follow its own agenda rather than that of family members, lawyers, or a court docket.

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