Alec Baldwin – Treat Divorce Proceedings Like a Funeral

Posted: August 13, 2011 in family law

In a recent article in Law Week Colorado, it reported that actor Alec Baldwin was the keynote speaker at the Colorado Bar Association’s 2011 Family Law Institute’s kick-off event.  Family law professionals should treat a divorce with the same respect as a funeral, actor Alec Baldwin told 120 family law attorneys, judges and other legal professionals at the event.

Alec Baldwin at the 2011 Colorado Bar Association

“When you go through a divorce, you are having a funeral,” Baldwin said during his closing statements. “In court, we have to have the same ethics and respect and give the marriage a proper burial so people can move on with their lives.”

The 30 Rock and Glengarry Glen Ross star shared intimate details behind his widely-publicized divorce from actress Kim Basinger, and the resulting custody battle over their daughter Ireland. His divorce proceedings, as well as the divorce proceedings of others are documented in his book, “A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce.”  I have not read the book yet, but it is definitely on my list of books to read.  Many times we think that only mothers have difficulty when ending a relationship and going through a divorce and forget that fathers struggle as well with the same issues but maybe in a different way.

Mr. Baldwin’s analogy of funerals and divorce I believe, will hit home to many people who are going through one of the most trying times in their lives.   While not everyone is broken up about their relationship ending, I think it is important for us to remember that many people are emotionally raw during this time and can sometimes get stuck in the process of ending their relationship and we as the professionals assisting them should be attuned to their feelings and show respect to our clients while guiding them through finalizing their divorce.

If any of you have read the book, I welcome your comments about it and whether you agree with his analogy.

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