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Matchmaker's efforts show how collaborative divorces can work

According to the inventor of an innovative Texas matchmaking service, divorced couples can, and should, utilize outside help in crafting unique family solutions. Love Locally is a service aimed at pairing divorced men and women with love interests within their court-imposed geographical restrictions.

By working with the rules of family court, former spouses and their children can better coexist post-divorce. The approach mirrors that found in collaborative law, an innovative approach to divorce that is available to Texans seeking a split.

In collaborative law, couples can avoid court and bypass the antagonism associated with conventional divorce litigation. While the parties involved still avail themselves of attorneys, lawyers trained in collaborative law focus on shared, overarching goals, rather than immediate, emotionally charged disagreements.

In addition, collaborative lawyers offer tailored legal advice. Ultimately, the professionals involved offer reasonable solutions that their clients are urged to consider, but not forced to take.

Love Locally performs a similar feat. Instead of divorced couples looking for love online, and potentially falling in love with someone outside their area, they can now use this niche matchmaking service to ensure compliance from the start.

The founder of this unique enterprise recruits those who are genuinely seeking committed relationships, but may be geographically constrained by existing divorce agreements.

As many divorced couples can likely attest, finding love after splitting from a longtime spouse can require delicacy and caution. The interests of children must be prioritized, of course.

As with collaborative law, the force behind this special service emphasizes outlining one's objectives on paper. Before she looks for compatibility for her clients, she has them complete a detailed questionnaire on their desired romantic future.

Likewise, Texas collaborative law also encourages clients to sit down and thoroughly review their goals for their divorce. By getting certain issues out in the open from day one, the collaborative law process gives clients room to refine those issues later on.

Source: The Cross Timbers Gazette, "Local matchmaker helps divorced singles get back into dating," Noelle M. Hood, Oct. 7, 2012

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