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How can a collaborative law divorce benefit Texans?

When Dallas couples think of divorce, their minds may flash to acrimonious courtroom scenes that leave emotions and wallets in tatters. However, a divorce does not always have to leave parties feeling bitter and resentful towards each other. A collaborative law divorce provides an alternative by helping the parties involved reach a settlement that helps ensure everyone is able to live the best possible post divorce life.

Couples divorcing collaboratively find that the process is personalized and flexible. Collaborative law professionals are familiar with each person's individual circumstances and are therefore able to come to an informed decision. Since they do not have to worry about courtrooms, they can meet with professionals based on their own schedules and parties don't have to worry about missing important meetings.

By creating a safe environment and establishing trust, collaborative law professionals work towards finding a solution that caters to everyone's needs. Couples divorcing collaboratively find themselves working towards fulfilling individual and mutual goals without court interference. They are able to negotiate with one another and resolve issues quickly rather than drawing it out in a courtroom setting. Since the environment encourages working together, couples are left respecting each other rather than resenting one another.

The mutual respect that comes from a couple divorcing collaboratively helps create a healthy base for the next phase. If the divorce has children, they will need to co-parent post-divorce. This co-parent relationship is perhaps even more important than their previous one, as its success will determine the trajectory of their children's emotions for the foreseeable future. As focusing on children and their best interests is perhaps the goal of every parent, collaborative law divorce can help parents achieve this aim.

Source: Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, "What is Collaborative Law?" Accessed on Dec. 9

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