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Collaborative law focuses on entire family, not just spouses

Nowadays, there are countless different types of families in Texas. At the same time, there are a growing number of options when it comes to divorce. Some of these, such as collaborative law or mediation, are attractive to divorcing couples because they keep the focus on the entire family unit rather than just the two individuals parting ways.

There are many reasons why a Houston couple might opt for a collaborative law approach to their divorce. First, collaborative law can mitigate the discord that can proliferate throughout a divorce. Some couples mistakenly believe that their divorce-related actions must be aggressive and self-interested at all times, or else they will "lose" to their former spouse. This doesn't need to be the case, though. In collaborative law, trained professionals focus on the whole family's gains and not just the interests of one spouse.

On a related note, collaborative law also keeps proceedings and decisions as objective as possible. Understandably, of course, emotions can get a little heated when issues such as child custody and asset division are up for discussion. By utilizing a team of professionals trained in the specific methods of collaborative law, spouses add third-party neutrality to the situation. While this doesn't mean there aren't difficult conversations to be had during collaborative law sessions, it does mean that these discussions will be buoyed by professional advice.

Finally, one of the main reasons couples choose collaborative law is if children are involved. While the approach may also work well for those without children, parents are particularly good candidates for the process. This is because divorce-related decision-making needs to maintain parents' relationships with their children, while also preserving the bonds between siblings. Kids can get lost in the shuffle if matters become combative. On the other hand, children's well-being is actively incorporated into all collaborative law negotiations. As a result, many who choose this process emerge prepared for a future that prioritizes existing family relationships.

Source: KERA News, "Three reasons people choose collaborative divorce," Stephen Becker, March 20, 2014

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