Idaho’s High Divorce Rate Calls for Pre-Litigation Mediation According to Leading Divorce Mediator David Johnson

Courts are backlogged due to the high rate of divorce in Idaho. Divorce attorney David Johnson believes that divorcing couples should use a trained mediator even before they file for divorce for a faster and less costly outcome.

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David Johnson | Idaho Mediator | Business and Family Law

David Johnson | Idaho Mediator | Business and Family Law

Considering that in Idaho, low wages and financial stress combined with comparatively young ages are definitely contributing factors in most divorce cases, lessening the financial cost and offering guidance to each spouse would be a definite improvement.

Idaho Falls, ID (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

Noting that Idaho’s divorce rate of 4.9 per 1,000 Idahoans puts the state in fifth place nationwide for divorces, one of Idaho’s leading family law practitioners, David Johnson, has publicly called for new ideas for approaching divorce. Knowing that almost all couples going through divorce will be required by the judge to try mediation, Johnson recommends that divorcing couples use a trained mediator before they file for divorce. Mediation is most often the best vehicle for creating a divorce settlement. Even if all things are not resolved in pre-litigation mediation, the couple often can narrow the issues and respect the other party’s position better, reducing stress and expense.

“I’ve spent my whole career helping people survive legal problems as unscathed as possible,” said Johnson. “I’ve seen firsthand how destructive a divorce can be, and I’ve seen how much better mediation is if it’s handled correctly. Instead of costing people their life savings and leaving them depressed and their families broken, mediation can be a more peaceful and cooperative process. Considering that in Idaho low wages and financial stress combined with comparatively young ages are definitely contributing factors in most divorce cases, lessening the financial cost and offering guidance to each spouse would be a definite improvement.”

Johnson, a graduate of the University of Idaho in practice for nearly thirty years, is a former Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney and has been a trial advocacy instructor with the Idaho Prosecuting Attorney’s Association. Dedicated to helping families, he is a certified Child Custody Mediator with the Idaho Supreme Court. He is married with six children and four grandchildren, which he credits with making him particularly insightful in divorce cases.


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