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Collaborative law incorporates simple steps to bypass discord

It is probably safe to assume that most Texans, as well as most people the world over, would like to avoid contentious breakups whenever they can. However, divorce-related disagreements can be notoriously difficult to resolve sometimes, but innovations such as collaborative law have emerged as ways to help.

Fortunately, there are steps that couples can take to avoid a messy, overly-litigious, or drawn-out divorce drama. One of the first steps is to get anger under control. Of course, the events leading up to a divorce can produce a variety of emotions, but anger, even if justified, can thwart the efficiency of proceedings. Couples can actively monitor their own motivations when it comes to property division, for example. If someone is holding onto an asset or an item simply to exact revenge, then the process may not go as smoothly.

Another step couples can take is to utilize a cost-benefit analysis when it comes to bickering over a divorce's outcome. In cases where couples do not take advantage of collaborative law, the costs can quickly mount if they are determined to duke it out on every single issue. Couples tend to benefit from accepting that in divorce, one has to relinquish certain things in order to receive other things, including peace of mind. In collaborative law, practitioners can help participants uncover the real reasons behind their desire to obtain certain things after a divorce.

Couples might also be wise to actively tune-out the well-intentioned advice of others during their divorces. Most Texans know someone who has gone through a divorce, but their situations are likely quite different and the things they've learned may not be applicable to another case. Instead, couples may find it more helpful to take the advice of an experienced attorney working with them in the collaborative law process. In this type of approach, a husband and wife can avoid court and instead concentrate on working towards solutions that benefit them both.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 steps to a clean divorce," Alison Heller, May 31, 2013

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