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Attorneys play crucial role in Texas collaborative divorce

Many divorcing spouses in Houston are aware that the option for alternative dispute resolution exists. Still, there are many misconceptions about procedures like divorce mediation and collaborative law. Many don't realize that in a collaborative divorce, the parties still rely on the knowledge and skill of an attorney, albeit in different ways than in a traditional divorce.

The part played by an attorney during a collaborative divorce is an essential one. Collaborative law in Texas allows parties to a divorce to have open yet structured conversations about the outcome of their split. These negotiations can cover topics such as property division and how the family will handle parenting after the divorce. Since divorce is often an emotionally-heated topic, it helps to have the negotiations be guided by specially trained attorneys who understand the need for objectivity and professionalism.

If couples decide collaborative law is right for their situation, they will actually be required to have an attorney during the process. While the attorneys provide advice and structured guidance during the sessions, the parties themselves are ultimately the ones making the final decisions.

One of the unique and appealing aspects of collaborative law is that the decisions made are explicitly geared towards the benefit of the entire family, not just each party. While many former couples agree this is a good idea, the actual process of arriving at these mutually beneficial conclusions can be easier said than done. Collaborative law attorneys are trained to focus on these decisions and, if necessary, steer parties away from unnecessary friction and decisions that benefit one party at the expense of the other.

Attorneys play a valuable role in Texas collaborative law divorces. By speaking with a collaborative lawyer, parties can gain a better understanding of their own role in the process.

Source: Texas College of Collaborative Law, "Role of the attorney," accessed Sept. 26, 2014

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