Marriage Story recently made a splash on Netflix, where viewers raved about its relatable characters and life lessons. This memorable film diverges significantly from typical marriage and divorce-focused movies in ways that are definitely worth exploring for real-world couples in the midst of change. Key takeaways include:

The Reasons Behind Divorce Are Complicated

Movies tend to simplify divorce, often focusing exclusively on the role of infidelity. This portrayal does a huge disservice to an extremely complicated process that may begin years or even decades before spouses choose to part ways. Marriage Story explores these complications in-depth. Yes, cheating plays a role, but it’s almost an afterthought as compared to the clear incompatibility of Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver’s characters Nicole and Charlie.

Amicable Divorce Is Difficult — But Possible

Nicole and Charlie initiate their divorce with every intention to cooperate, but the very differences that made them ill-suited for marriage lead to significant conflict in their divorce. Add meddling family members, and overly aggressive lawyers, and you have a recipe for disaster. But while the potential for divorce drama always exists, it’s also possible for couples to carve out a more peaceful path, even outside of mediation.

Ultimately, Nicole and Charlie manage to work through their differences and keep the big picture — the health and wellbeing of their son — at the forefront. They may never return to square one, but they remain a family. They are more than capable of carving out a new normal that works for them and their child.

Watching Marriage Story may give you a better idea of which attributes make for an ideal family lawyer — and which are worth avoiding. At the Brown Law Offices, we strive for resolutions that benefit not only you, but your entire family. Contact us today to learn more about our approach to family law.