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The right lawyer for a collaborative law approach

A previous post on this blog talked about how a person who wants to participate in the collaborative law approach to resolve a family law issue can still have his or her own attorney and is in fact encouraged to do so. Even though the approach in collaborative law cases is different-going to court is, during the process, is off the table-- an attorney still plays an important role and has an obligation to make sure his or her client understands the process and does not get taken advantage of.

May I still have an attorney in a collaborative law case?

One hesitation a Dallas resident might have about using "collaborative law" to settle either a child custody or other family law matter is that they may think no one will be on their side of the negotiation table since everyone is, theoretically, working together to talk through issues.

How does the collaborative divorce process work?

The collaborative law divorce process is a beneficial process for divorcing couples to consider. Rather than sorting out divorce-related disputes through litigation and contentious exchanges between the spouses, the collaborative law divorce process is one that allows the couple to work together to reach a divorce agreement that saves time, money and bad feelings. Couples will need to resolve property division concerns, as well as spousal maintenance, child support and child custody during their divorce.

Understanding different options for divorce

In the United States, sadly, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Because of the important life event the end of a marriage can be for many couples, it is useful for couples considering divorce to understand all the different options that may be available to them through the family law process. Options range from traditional divorce to mediation and collaborative law. One option is for couples to work divorce-related issues out together through an uncontested divorce which can save time and money.

Negotiate a divorce through collaborative law

Deciding to end a marriage is not easy, but when couples do make the decision, their aim is to work out a settlement agreement that suits their individual and mutual aims while dealing with one another respectfully. When there are children involved, it is even more important to be able to deal with one another amicably and create a settlement that will advance the children's best interests as well.

Role of mental health professionals in collaborative law divorce

One of the advantages of opting for a collaborative law divorce in Texas is the divorce team available to the couple that has decided to end their marriage. Neutral experts who are trained in collaborative law join the process to assist in making important decisions regarding financial and custodial settlements. Mental health professionals are part of these teams from the onset, and meet with the divorcing couple jointly and separately to work with them toward resolving the case, and are ready to intervene if communication between the parties is troubled.

Collaborative law divorce more effective than traditional

Every family is unique; income levels, personal situations and the reasons that they decide to put an end to a marriage, are different for every couple in Texas. However, when these couples end up in court during the divorce process because they were unable to agree on property division or child custody on their own, they may find that the orders do not suit their individual circumstances; they may be the standard property or visitation orders everyone else gets.

Does a collaborative law approach differ from a traditional one?

It is generally not easy for couples in Texas to decide that they want to put an end to their marriages and when they think about the amount of time they might have to spend in courts in pursuit of their divorces, it seems like an additional headache. In addition to this, it is possible that an amicable relationship between the divorcing couple is affected by the bitterness that sometimes accompanies a divorce trial. To avoid these situations, it may be possible for couples to forgo the litigation process altogether and consider getting a collaborative law divorce.

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.

What is collaborative law?

With the divorce rate on the rise in the country, it may come as no surprise to Dallas residents that people are trying to come up with ways to make the emotionally difficult time easier for all the parties, especially if there are children involved. There are a few ways couples can approach the divorce process-litigation, mediation and collaborative law.