Lessons I Learned from Watching Divorce Court

Teisha LeShea
5 min readAug 21, 2023

With Judge Lynn Toller

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“I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.”- Mary Ann Shaffer.

I’ve discovered the TikTok Divorce Court rabbit hole. Users have created pages dedicated to reposting episodes of Divorce Court with Judge Lynn Toller. I’ve been watching Divorce Court since it premiered in 1999 with Judge Mablean. Since being a young teen, I have never watched it for entertainment purposes. I’ve always wanted to watch to avoid what NOT to do when it comes time for me to get married.

The older I became, the more I stopped watching the program. The times didn’t align with my work schedule, so I always missed the show but thank God for TikTok, and being in my mid-thirties, I’m still watching and learning from the program. I wanted to share some of the things I’ve noticed with some of these couples. These are my observations; please take my advice with a grain of salt.

Is this a listicle article? Yes. Do I care if you like it or not? No

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