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Hope for couples seeking a peaceful end to their marriage

The divorce process can be difficult, emotionally and financially draining and combative. Even in cases where spouses both agreed divorce was the best option and the split was relatively amicable, things can quickly sour when the courts get involved. Suddenly, the individual with whom an individual previously shared everything is unwilling to share anything. When the divorce process becomes contentious, the wounds suffered in divorce court battles often remain fresh for years and, in some cases, may never completely heal.

In contrast, through a process known as collaborative law, divorcing couples can largely avoid much of the drama and expense that often accompanies the family court divorce process. Rather than focusing on ways to punish an ex-spouse, the collaborative law process seeks to help divorcing spouses come to an agreeable and mutually beneficial resolution to the end of a marriage.

Individuals who want to avoid the court system and fighting that often ensues, would be wise to seek the advice and assistance of an attorney who practices collaborative law. In addition to an attorney, other professions such as a mediator and psychologist may be involved in helping divorcing couples resolve issues related to child custody, child visitation and the division of assets.

While divorce is often portrayed as a combative and difficult process, in reality the process can be relatively easy and drama free. Texas residents who are going through or contemplating divorce would be wise to discuss their situation with an attorney who practices collaborative law. Such a legal professional can help identify whether the collaborative process may be beneficial.

Source: The Courier-News, "Collaborative law offers solution to ‘Divorce Corp.’ woes," Sandra Crawford, Feb. 10, 2014

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