As many California residents have found, some divorces are complex, particularly in high-asset splits. The litigation can be frustrating and continue for an extended period. This is evidenced in legal proceedings brought against Dick Wolf, who created the series 'Law and Order", by his former spouse.
A divorce can be messy enough for a couple that has no children, but for parents who are thinking about ending their marriage there can often be misgivings about the action because of the potential impact of a broken home on their well-being. California couples might prolong the process because of guilt or religious beliefs. Outside influences might also contribute to hesitation in moving forward. There can be successful reconciliations because of the delay, but in other cases, the matter can be drawn out and continue to create a sense of uncertainty for children.