San Francisco Family Law Attorney comments on how the rise in male suicide in family law cases can be reduced through less contentious divorce proceedings.
A recent article on the rise in male suicides that are part of family law cases is worth looking into. This is not a uniquely American issue – the researchers looked at data from Canada, Australia and Europe – before coming to the conclusion that divorce and custody fights play a role in the rise in suicides among men, who may believe the scales of justice are tilted against them.
One way to address this is to have less contentious divorce and custody proceedings. Divorce mediation is one approach that has shown an ability to reduce the stress and contentiousness of divorce and child custody proceedings. Divorce mediation has several benefits over a litigated settlement. First, the couple using divorce mediation typically has a better relationship, which benefits their children. Second, they also have an ownership stake in the decision since they helped create it rather than having a judge impose a decision. Third, divorce mediation costs much less than litigation, often one-third of the cost of a litigated divorce. It also allows the couple to learn how to work together on contentious issues, which will benefit them down the road.