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 prob- lem 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.