Collaborative law and Texas divorce

Sep 18 2015 - Posted by , in Collaborative Law, Tagged in Collaborative Law

Many people in Texas who are considering a divorce may dread the process. Traditional divorce litigation can be time-consuming and expensive, and the adversarial nature of the process can lead to long-lasting feelings of frustration and resentment. The good news is that there are alternatives to the traditional litigation route. A collaborative law divorce works for many families and their unique needs. So what is the process for a collaborative law divorce?

During a collaborative law divorce, each party has their own attorney representing them. Each party will sign a contract at the beginning binding them to the collaborative law process. Each party will meet with their attorney privately and discuss their needs. They will need to communicate their child support and child visitation needs, alimony needs, property division desires and other important information. After the private meetings with the attorneys, the two spouses and their attorneys will meet regularly to negotiate issues. Other professionals may be brought in as well including financial planners and child support experts. If there are difficulties in the negotiation process, a licensed mediator may be brought in. A mediator is skilled at guiding the two parties together and working out important issues.

If a person believes that collaborative law is a good arrangement for their divorce they may want to speak with a family law attorney. An attorney can help their client through the collaborative law process and negotiate their unique needs on their behalf.

Collaborative law divorce can potentially be a good way for couples to negotiate a fair settlement. A family law attorney who is skilled in collaborative law can be a good resource and ally during the process.

Source: FindLaw, “How collaborative divorce works: FAQ“, accessed on Sept. 15, 2015

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