Yes, it’s true, a judge in Sacramento, California, has started a trial to allow people who do not have any representation and cannot afford legal help, to get divorced in a day. The pilot scheme is being manned by lawyers, law students and other volunteers who will help to prepare the paperwork.
It’s an interesting idea, but the article does not elaborate on how the pilot intends to deal with difficult contact or finance issues. Perhaps the parties using this service will sort these issues out between themselves or simply will not have such issues to deal with when they come to Judge Mize’s courthouse.
The article also does not tell us how the law facilitates this kind of divorce. In the UK, even an uncontested divorce where the parties are happy to sort out their own finances and contact issues can take months as the court processes the Decree Nisi and then the Decree Absolute, but we like the idea that a divorce can take place so fast, remove families from the sterile and mostly unhelpful court environment and allow people to rebuild their lives sooner, rather than later.
But we’re sure some of you will disagree and we will look forward to your counter-views!