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Pros and cons of collaborative divorce

Texas residents who believe they are headed for divorce should know that there are multiple options from which they can choose on how to best complete their divorces. No two marriages alike and neither are any two divorces so evaluating each couple's needs individually is important. A neighbor or a family member may have been able to use mediation or a collaborative divorce process but that does not mean it is right for someone else.

Forbes indicates that while collaborative divorce offers many advantages, it is not for everyone. Certainly one of the goals of collaborative divorce is the ability to avoid litigation. This may result in a faster resolution of a divorce as well as reduced costs when compared to a litigated divorce. It may also help to reduce conflict between spouses which can be very beneficial to any children that may be involved.

When might a collaborative divorce not be recommended? Situations in which addiction or abuse are suspected or present may not be well-suited for a collaborative divorce. If one spouse believes that the other person is not likely to be honest about everything, true collaboration may not really be possible.

The Texas Statutes explain that when signing a collaborative divorce agreement, both spouses agree to fully disclose all required information. Signing this agreement, however, does not prevent one person from failing to do so. Each person must be confident that they can trust the other to be honest in this way if they wish to pursue a collaborative divorce.

 

 

 

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