The right to litigate is critical to any democratic society.
It may be surprising to hear this from a litigator, but I roll my eyes every time someone threatens to sue. Many problems are more easily, cost-affordably, and readily solved by civility, and perhaps even an apple pie.
Parents who work together and make the best decisions for their child are better off than when a court imposes an order on the family. With that goal in mind, look for a parenting expert or coach in your city. There are also many valuable resources available to you including co-parenting classes and co-parenting books. Finally, don't forget to talk to an attorney in your city for a resource list and tips on how to navigate this process!
A new civil rights consciousness has gripped a great deal of the country. Maybe we can address some of the challenges that still occur on the basis of race by turning the tide against consumer racial profiling and letting it be a thing of the past.
I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.
A fraction of these couples see a different way of handling the battles. They see a way for both of them to actually be heard and a way for each of their thoughts to be considered when building a parenting plan. They see mediation.