There was a recent pilot program in Denver on holistic divorce. This program was called RCSDF (Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families). It was developed because many attorneys, courts, therapists and individuals believe that the family court system is completely broken. Family Court is not equipped to properly accommodate the myriad issues that separating and divorcing couples experience. Divorce is a highly emotional event in which our current system is not the best or the only way to handle things.
RCSDF recruited law students, psychology students and social work students to work with families (parents and children) going through separation and divorce. Some of the things that they did for the families included financial advice, mental health services and legal education. The students were supervised by lawyers, psychologists and social workers.
I was really interested in reading about the students' fears, hopes and lessons learned, and how the pilot program was a resounding success (the article I read focused on two different families). The students were able to gain immense knowledge from the other disciplines while they were learning how to navigate the uncertainty of starting a program from the ground up. The interdisciplinary focus completely changed the course of divorce for these families. The families were eternally grateful for the services provided and the ability to get through their divorce without an ugly court battle.
This program is needed everywhere, not just in Denver. Perhaps as more and more of us demand alternatives to traditional litigation, more pilot programs will appear and (hopefully) funding for those programs. Legislatures would do well to consider that society in general would benefit from a less destructive divorce process - especially given the current 50% divorce rate.