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Texas man, famous for unique courtship, gets divorce

In the age of online dating and social media, countless relationships and marriages are now forged via the internet. In one headline-making instance, a young woman from Florida was surfing the web in 2009 when she came across a male who shared both her first and last names. She sent him a message, the two eventually met in person, and they wed in Florida in 2009.

However, as many young couples sometimes discover, instant connections don't always lead to lifelong partnerships. The pair is now seeking a divorce, with the husband claiming his Texas roots and her Florida home as one of their insurmountable differences. In Texas, where collaborative law is an option, the couple would be able to avoid court, if not media scrutiny.

Kelly Carl Hildebrandt, the male half of the identically-named duo, has moved back to his native Texas since the split. Sounding upbeat, he told a local media outlet that things have been going well for him since he returned to his home state.

Nevertheless, he noted, he wouldn't necessarily jump into the same sort of situation again. Given the media coverage the marriage invited, he wouldn't want to expose a future spouse to the same level of national attention.

In both Texas and Florida, where Kelly Katrina Hildebrandt hails from, collaborative law is an attractive choice for young couples who want to remain friends - or at least, online contacts - after parting ways.

The option also helps husbands and wives avoid court, if that is their goal. In Texas collaborative law, a network of highly-trained professionals assists a couple in ironing-out their differences in the context of cooperation. Since this approach places a high value on maintaining relationships after a divorce, the entire process is well-suited to today's socially-networked exes.

Source: The New York Daily News, "What's in a name? Kelly Hildebrandt met his future wife Kelly Hildebrandt on Facebook because they shared the same name. But that quirky bond wasn't enough to keep them together." Christine Roberts, Jan. 13, 2013.

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