Scott Bassett, one of Michigan's finest family law appellate lawyers mused the other day about the fact that Americans seem so isolated socially. Of course, we see people tuned out in a group--focused only on their iPhones looking at Facebook, Twitter or texts. "Forgive me for getting philosophical this early in the morning, but I've often wondered why so many of our clients, particularly those younger than me, have few neighbors or nearby friends they know well enough to rely on when unexpected problems arise (child care, a car breakdown, borrowing a cup of milk, etc). They lack the informal "safety net" that was present when the older members of this discussion group were growing up, and that has significant consequences for their post-divorce quality of life. The questions presented are: How important is community--an informal safety net? How important is school as an informal safety net? How important is family (from the perspective of the parent and from the perspective of the child?