Should couples be able to divorce without involving the court?

A bill introduced in the Minnesota legislature this week would change divorce proceedings in the state and allow couples to end marriages outside the court.

Bill Doherty, project director for Minnesota Couples on the Brink and a professor at the University of Minnesota, is the author of the cooperative private divorce bill and joined MPR News’ Kerri Miller to talk about his proposal.

“In our culture, court means contest,” he said. “It means fight. It means you each hire a lawyer who fights for your best interest and a judge makes a decision. That is how we’ve culturally viewed divorce as a battle.”

Today’s Question: Should couples be able to divorce without involving the court?