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Having divorce options doesn't reduce importance of a solid team

Mediation and collaboration are common words within the context of divorce in Texas these days. The reason is understandable. These means of pursuing a divorce are alternatives to the contentious and adversarial litigation process that has long been the norm.

The most often heard claim about alternative dispute resolution proponents is that it offers parties opportunities to dissolve marriages more quickly, and at lower cost, than waging pitched battles in court. But regardless of the option under consideration, certain roles need filling. Having confidence in the team at your side starts with consulting an experienced attorney.

An attorney is the right place to begin because, regardless of how you come to terms over your divorce, it must be done according to the rule of law. Each party has rights and only an attorney is licensed to explain your rights and offer guidance on how to protect them. Additionally, you can't get a final divorce decree without properly filing the documents in court.

In the view of many experts in the field, here are key players from whom divorcing couples should consider enlisting help, and why.


You want to make a well-informed choice about how to proceed. A skilled divorce attorney is best equipped to explain the law and assess if litigation or some form of ADR can work for your situation.


These individuals are highly skilled, but they are not licensed to practice law in Texas. They can prepare and file necessary forms with the court, but only by direction of an attorney. They are not authorized to offer legal advice.


These are independent third-party individuals whose role is to facilitate communication between parties, especially over particularly contentious issues. Because Texas law doesn't require them to be attorneys, those seeking to follow mediation procedures to have their own legal representation.


These professionals can be crucial to achieving an optimal outcome in various circumstances. If you have children, or one of the parties in the divorce has a history of substance abuse or a personality that makes cooperating in mediation or collaboration unlikely, therapists can help.

Developments in the law have led to more creative and perhaps less costly ways of obtaining divorce, but success starts with knowing and understanding the law.

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Attorney Christine K. Lincoln

Christine K. Lincoln offers sound counsel and legal services to protect clients and their families facing divorce and other family disputes.

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