Marriage Story: A Tale of Divorce, Love...and the Law

45 J. Legal Pro. 65 (2020)

49 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2021

Date Written: January 22, 2020


Noah Baumbach’s 2019 narrative feature film Marriage Story, with its nuanced capture of a relationship’s dissolution and the impact on the inter-generational family members, has generated much commentary from lawyers and other professionals. Using Marriage Story as a primary framing device, this article examines the lessons that we can learn as educators, scholars, and practitioners from this celluloid depiction of the legal and emotional aspects of divorce and child custody proceedings, the role of family lawyers and other professionals, their concomitant ethical responsibilities, and the use of appropriate dispute resolution processes.

Keywords: Family Law, Legal Ethics, Mediation, Law and Film

Suggested Citation

Treuthart, Mary Pat, Marriage Story: A Tale of Divorce, Love...and the Law (January 22, 2020). 45 J. Legal Pro. 65 (2020) , Available at SSRN:

Mary Pat Treuthart (Contact Author)

Gonzaga University School of Law ( email )

721 N. Cincinnati
Spokane, WA 99220
5093133756 (Phone)

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