Is Divorce Really, “A Game Played By Lawyers?”

In the classic film, The Awful Truth, movie star Cary Grant delivered a great one liner, “Divorce is a game played by lawyers.”[i]

There is no doubt that this adage holds true too often.

However, divorce doesn’t have to be a lawsuit that is “played” by trained professionals, where you are updated on occasion with a short email and an hourly billing statement.

Instead of filing a lawsuit and fighting with your spouse in court, you can retain control of your divorce.

Collaborative Divorce

You can meet with a specially trained collaborative divorce attorney and discuss available solutions to resolve your divorce with respect, privacy and dignity.

You can ask for a fixed fee to handle the entire process.

If you and your spouse decide that collaborative divorce is the right process to resolve your divorce, you will be the ones making all of the decisions in your divorce.  This is the first step toward moving forward in your life without creating animosity and vitriol in your family.

A well-known collaborative divorce attorney in California expressed this point very well by saying the following:

Don’t let someone in a black robe who doesn’t know you and your family make decisions for you”.  “Involving (you) clients in the process needs to happen. They (You) have to talk to resolve issues”.[ii]

If you, or a friend of yours, has questions about collaborative divorce in Palm Beach County, we are here to help.


By: Mindful Divorce P.A. [i]


[i] Chad M. Layton is a collaborative divorce attorney at Mindful Divorce, P.A. in Palm Beach County, FL.  Mr. Layton is also a member of the Palm Beach Association of Collaborative Professionals, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Florida Bar Family Law Section, the Susan B. Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches and the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club.


Mindful Divorce P.A.

205 Worth Ave.

Suite 303

Palm Beach, FL 33480

Phone (561) 537-8227

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[i] The Awful Truth (Columbia Pictures 1937).

[ii] Laura Wasser, Esq., Celebrities and Collaborative Divorce: The New Generation,

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