This question was recently discussed on a LinkedIn discussion board that I follow, and the consensus was clearly that friendly divorce IS possible. This is also the message of a recent Wall Street Journal article: The Divorce Generation.
That doesn't mean that a friendly divorce is easy or even possible in every case. But more and more people who have reached the unfortunate conclusion that their marriage is over, do not want to have the drawn out and angry divorce that their parents had. To respond to this desire to find a better way, more and more attorneys are offering alternative dispute resolution services, to end your marriage in a better, more civilized way.
Both mediation and collaborative divorce offer ways to accomplish the "friendly divorce." To learn more about these options click the links below:
Mediation Pros and Cons
Collaborative Pros and Cons