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Does collaboration offer a better way to divorce?

Texas couples know that divorce can be a difficult process, and many of them want to avoid any unnecessary stress and expenses during an already complicated time. For this reason, couples may search for alternatives to traditional divorce litigation and having a court decide the outcome of their divorce. One option is a collaborative divorce.

Collaborative divorce may offer a better way to end a marriage. It can be more peaceful, less stressful and take less time than a traditional divorce. While it can be a beneficial option, it is not the best choice for every couple. If you are considering collaboration for your divorce, it can be beneficial to work with a lawyer who can help you make the best decision for your unique situation.

A divorce without contention is possible

Your divorce does not have to be contentious. Collaborative law allows couples to work together to resolve issues on their own terms instead of fighting it out in a courtroom. With the help of their attorneys, couples are able to amicably resolve issues that pertain to custody, property division and more. Other benefits of a collaborative divorce include:

  • Saves time and money
  • Allows couple to custom-tailor their divorce agreement
  • Agreements are kept confidential
  • Provides beneficial way to resolve complex issues
  • Allows couples to have more control over the final result of their divorce

To begin the collaborative process, both parties must sign a participation agreement. Upon signing, couples are able to begin working on their divorce agreement.

What if the process breaks down?

If the couple finds that they are unable to amicably work together through the collaborative process, they will stop the process. They may begin again, this time following a traditional divorce process and with new legal representation. 

During a collaborative divorce, the two parties, each with their own representation, come together for face-to-face meetings to work through issues together. Despite the best of intentions, this does not always work well for every couple. If you choose this option and it does not work, you have other options.

Protecting your rights through negotiation and discussion 

Even when a couple chooses a collaborative divorce, it does not mean that they will not face complications and disagreements. This process allows for a discussion of these issues through a non-adversarial and respectful process. For many, collaboration is a better way to divorce. If you wish to avoid litigation and work through your divorce quickly and peacefully, this may be a beneficial choice for you.

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