There really is not much that needs to be said after reading this straightforward appellate court decision about a divorce (click here to access the document). This is a public record, just like all divorce records.
The dollars involved in the dispute do not merit the legal fees that had to be expended to resolve these issues through the legal system, including a dismissed appeal. Worse, if the lawyers worked for free (pro bono), the valuable legal and judicial time that was spent on this dispute could have been spent on something more productive.
I am not suggesting that the parties did not deserve a resolution. They just should not have had this dispute made public and consumed their resources on it. It is an easy read so I hope you will just read the decision. Too bad we now know the former husband is homeless, etc. Confidential mediation works and could have saved these people time, anguish, and expense while keeping their situation private. It is hard to understand why more people do not mediate their divorces to take advantage of these benefits of mediation.
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