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Collaborative law helps parties deal constructively with emotion

Houston parents are used to dealing with strong emotions. After all, childrearing is one of the most emotionally intense experiences there is for any man or woman. Nonetheless, divorce often comes in at a close second, in terms of sheer emotional magnitude. While some believe traditional litigation requires parties to suppress or overlook their emotions, collaborative law urges parties to acknowledge their emotions, and move forward in a productive manner.

Anger, for instance, can thwart a divorce between parents by instilling the desire for revenge in either party. This can spill over into negotiations regarding property division, child custody or child support, among others. Sadness can also slow proceedings, if either party is dwelling on the past and not yet ready to transition into a new state. Collaborative law, an option that can allow parties to avoid court, can openly address these and other common divorce-related emotions in a respectful atmosphere.

By acknowledging the inevitable negative feelings of the process, those involved can accomplish several important things. First, they can admit the emotions are there, so that they can understand their own motivations during discussions. Secondly, they can learn how to communicate most effectively as communication is key during and after divorce, especially for parents. Finally, parties can put a stop to any potential escalation of harmful emotions, especially fear and resentment.

The first step towards a divorce facilitated via collaborative law is contacting a local attorney. Not all lawyers are able to practice collaborative law, so it is important to locate the proper practitioners in one's area. Once the team is assembled, parents can move forward in re-structuring their family in the least disruptive manner possible.

Source: The Montpelier Bridge, "Collaborative law process: A new paradigm for divorcing parents," Jan. 28, 2014

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