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Money-minded Texans can save big with collaborative divorce

Teamwork and partnership is required to make any marriage healthy and happy. Interestingly, the same concepts are also invaluable when it comes to divorce, despite the inherent difficulties involved. While it may surprise some to know that this option exists, collaborative law is a method of divorcing that relies on the very qualities that also support marriage and family.

If Houston spouses opt for the collaborative law route, they can avoid court and resolve their issues with the help of a team of experts. Such professionals include specially-trained attorneys who are extensively skilled in representing their client's interests while respecting the fairness of the final outcome. The negotiations and resolutions are performed in private, without the pressure of a courtroom and judge. The entire process is responsive to each spouse's individual needs, as well as the needs of the former family unit.

An extra advantage to collaborative law is its cost. A traditional divorce, which is still a viable option for many, can strain finances in some situations involving complex issues. By relying less on litigation, a collaborative divorce can easily cost less, both financially and emotionally as collaborative divorces usually take place in an amiable atmosphere. Lawyers are still involved, but in a manner that is in conjunction with other professionals, such as financial advisors or child specialists. Working together often stimulates efficiency, propelling the spouses towards agreement on key issues.

In a collaborative split, the bulk of the time and money expended goes towards settlement. By keeping the end in mind and even getting there sooner, the procedure frequently demands less money overall. Moreover, since a courtroom isn't utilized, parties don't have to pay to wait in court for their time slot, nor do they have to pay for multiple re-appearances in court.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Why a collaborative divorce makes financial sense," Geoff Williams, Aug. 19, 2013

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