The American Bar has traditionally operated as if the practice of law was a profession unto itself, totally unrelated to other disciplines. Fortunately, there is today a growing recognition that the law can be neither developed nor applied in a vacuum. In order to best serve the needs of one's clients and of the legal system as a whole it is necessary to draw upon knowledge evolved in other fields such as economics, history, sociology and psychology. Divorce, for example, is a phenomenon with not only legal but also broad sociological and psychological implications which must be considered in any attempt at problem solving and reflected in the solution. The recent development of divorce mediation as a viable alternative to traditional divorce processes is an example of this philosophy at its best.

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