Divorce can be a frustrating process for both parties. Often, both husband and wife, or mother and father if that be the case, feels that the process is rigged against them. Experienced family law practitioners in Arizona are sensitive to this and to the trend in recent years toward the increased use of mediation services to avoid possible tense litigation. The question that bears being asked is whether and when mediation might be right.
Ever since the 1960s, the practice of cohabitation has been on the rise. It used to be, in times past, that society tended to use cohabitation as a solid predictor of likely divorce, at least for first marriages. That view was as common in Arizona as anywhere. And there apparently was good reason for it. Divorce rates for couples who had cohabited used to be higher than average.