Inside the Drama of 'Divorce Court'

"I think [Gary Coleman's] very smart, emotionally damaged. His wife [Shannon Price] was very young. She didn't know how to deal with him... and I tried to give him some ways to handle his own emotional situation," Toler said.

Why do people tune in to watch divorcing couples so much? Koberg said it's because it's voyeuristic.

"I think people really like to see how these people are acting crazy and acting outrageous and silly and the funny things they do," he said. "And I think they want to be informed and take away lessons from what the judge tells them."

Toler said the show offers couples something of value.

"I provide them with some emotional resolution. The legal system is not designed to say to one person, 'I'm sorry you've been hurt,' and say to the other person, 'You were a bad person for hurting her like that,' and you get that in 'Divorce Court.'"

To stay out of the courtroom -- whether it be staged for TV or otherwise -- you can take the judge's advice.

"You should stay one step ahead of your emotions," Toler recommends. "People say, 'I can't change how I feel about situations.' Yes, you can. You really wanted that donut ...but if I put a gun to your head, you'd put it down...because people act more on how they feel than how they think. And if you act on how you feel, you are doing a lot of things that are counterproductive to the marriage."

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