The median length of the average American marriage in today’s world is about 11 years. Nearly 90% of all the resulting divorce cases reach a resolution outside of court. By its very nature, the act of divorce is a dissolution of a partnership, which often involves disagreements. There is a perception that it is necessary to have a family court lawyer on hand to mediate. While it is certainly an option to get legal advice from a family law firm, divorce lawyers are just that: an option for each case and not a necessity.