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Amicable divorces can and do happen

Many people going through a divorce may be full of doubt and distraction. During this time of emotional imbalance, it can feel as if conflict resolution is just not possible. However, couples in the Houston area have the option of using collaborative law to increase their chances of a relatively amicable divorce.

Those individuals who have never experienced divorce before may filter the experience through anger directed at their former spouse. While this is somewhat understandable, the collaborative law approach comes with a built-in understanding that such anger or resentment can stifle productivity. The process consciously strives to produce and maintain an atmosphere of civility and decorum, where productive conversations can take place without too much raw emotion getting in the way.

The cost of a collaborative divorce can vary, as can the expenses found within a traditional divorce. However, couples can generally save some money in a collaborative divorce, given how it can help parties to avoid court. Instead of airing issues in a courtroom in front of a judge, parties are able to negotiate outside of court. This allows parties to be more in control of the final outcome, since an impersonal judge generally does not make the final determinations.

The collaborative divorce process strives for win-win solutions, which means that nothing is final until both spouses agree. This type of setup is particularly beneficial for couples with children, since decisions regarding children can be the most heated of all if one party disagrees. Though it may seem difficult to believe at first, it is possible to have a non-adversarial divorce if both parties commit to this innovative process.

Source: The Tampa Bay Times, "Divorce with collaboration? It can happen," Sue Carlton, Sept. 20, 2013

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