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Judge Lynn is a graduate of Harvard University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School. She began practicing law in Cleveland in 1984. In 1993, at the age of 33, she was elected judge of The Cleveland Heights Municipal Court. While on the bench, Judge Lynn volunteered actively in her community creating innovative programs for young offenders such as Woman Talk, a program designed to intensively mentor young, at-risk girls.

While on the bench, Judge Toler also headed the Cleveland Heights Coordinated Community Response to Violence against Women, a countywide initiative for the coordination of community resources to assist women who are victims of violence. She was also active as an advisory board member for Templum House, a battered women’s shelter. As a result of her work in the area of domestic violence in 2002, she was awarded The Humanitarian of the Year Award from The Cleveland Domestic Violence
Center.

In 2001, Judge Lynn became the host of the nationally syndicated show Power of Attorney. During this time Judge Toler started work on her first book and served as a retired judge sitting by assignment in multiple jurisdictions throughout Ohio. In addition, as an adjunct professor at Ursuline College, Judge Toler created and taught courses on Civil Rights Law, and Women and the Law. She was also a frequent instructor for the Ohio Judicial College, where she helped create and taught continuing judicial education course for other judges.

Judge Lynn became the host of Divorce Court since 2006. In 2007, she expanded her television presence becoming the host of the prime time television show, Decision House. In 2008 and 2009, Judge Lynn was a bi-monthly contributor on News and Notes, a weekly news show on National Public Radio (NPR).

Judge Lynn is the author of two books. Her first, My Mother’s Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius, published in 2006, is a humorous memoir in which Judge Lynn recounts a childhood lived in the shadow of mental illness and provides a practical guide to the emotional lesson learned from that experience. Her second book, Put It In Writing, coauthored with Deborah Hutchison, was published in September, 2009. It gives readers concrete, conflict-free solutions to the difficult situations that arise between family and friends.

Judge Lynn continues to write frequently for a variety of magazines. Currently she is a featured writer for Divorce Magazine published through out the United States and Canada. In 2009, Judge Toler was given The Voice of Freedom Award by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joining former honorees Colin Powell and Vice President Al Gore, in ringing the
Liberty Bell on Martin Luther King Day. Born on October 25, 1959, she has been married to Eric Mumford since April, 1989. She had two sons and four stepsons.

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Blog Entries by Lynn Toler

How 'Divorce Court' Saved My Marriage

(8) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 11:24 AM

As the judge on "Divorce Court," I am familiar with, if not inundated by, the thematic mistakes made in marriages. Yes, I know the show is a bit extreme, voyeuristic, and, well, often a little silly, but when my husband and I were staring into the marital abyss, I learned...

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New Year Divorce Spike

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 2:01 PM

The New Year, it appears, is a good time to shed your old spouse. Divorce filings spike in January and February. Divorce attorneys often report that it is their busiest time of year. It is a finding that has held up over time, and as such, makes us wonder why....

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My Thoughts on Common Ashton & Demi Divorce Questions

(10) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 1:35 AM

Yes, I know what it seems like -- another day another celebrity divorce. This time it is Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Here are my thoughts on all of the questions I am being asked on the end of their union:

1. What went wrong? No matter how much they...

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The Inherent Unfairness of No Fault Divorce When You are Married to a Jerk

(49) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 12:07 PM

You have heard the stories. You may have even lived it. A couple divorces and one side gets, not only injured, but insulted as well. No Fault Divorce is a child of the 70's. When people needed to prove fault to obtain a divorce it presented a number of problems....

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The Liz Taylor Lesson: Why Do Women Crave Marriage Even When It Doesn't Always Serve Us Well?

(18) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 11:31 AM

Liz Taylor was an icon. Talented, strong and beautiful, she had it all, including eight husbands. I always found that fascinating. I understand the first few. She was young and in love with extraordinary men. Richard Burton? Please. Not to mention that in the '50s and '60s it was clearly...

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How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of the Gray Divorce

(283) Comments | Posted March 12, 2011 | 2:10 AM

In 2007 the AARP noted a new trend. Divorce among those in long-term marriages was on the rise. The media picked it up, called it an exploding phenomenon and gave it a name: Gray Divorces. Now, we even have poster children for it, Al and Tipper Gore.

Happily, more...

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Why So Many Men Never See Their Divorce Coming

(284) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 9:53 AM

I first heard it from attorneys who typically represent men in a divorce. I then began to see it in the cases that came before me. I remember the attorney who first mentioned it to me some ten years ago, he leaned back in his chair at a conference on...

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How to Deal with Feelings of Lack of Control while Navigating Divorce Court

(10) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 9:16 AM

I suppose it's an occupational hazard. It happens regularly. First, there's a moment of awkwardness. They recognize, but can't place me. Then it hits them: I am the judge on Divorce Court, and that's when it begins. People start telling me about their own divorce.

Of course, all of their...

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