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It Is Just Good Business: The Case for Supporting Reform in Divorce Court

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This article examines the ways in which familial distress surrounding separation and divorce can affect individual employee productivity and negatively impact a business' bottom line.

Justice Kourlis suggests that businesses have a stake in finding a better approach to family separation. It behooves businesses to become involved in supporting efforts to improve the process—both as a matter of community service and because it can impact their bottom line.

This article further outlines some improvements that are being implemented or considered in various jurisdictions.

  • Divorce does not just impact the parties and their children. It also impacts the work productivity of the individuals involved.
  • The population of individuals seeking court involvement in child custody issues has changed, and new processes must be developed to address their needs.
  • There are new ideas about how to restructure the divorce process in ways that could benefit both the individuals and their employers.