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Monday, February 13, 2017

Ending Your Marriage Amicably with a Collaborative Divorce

What are the benefits of a collaborative divorce?

A new way to divorce has garnered much support in recent years.  Collaborative divorce offers an alternative to the traditional adversarial divorce process.  During a collaborative divorce, each spouse is represented by his or her own Austin collaborative divorce lawyer and the parties make a decision to work together towards resolution of the divorce without going to court.  The parties and their attorneys, along with one or more neutral experts, will meet several times to exchange information and reach harmonious conclusions to important issues such as child custody, property division, alimony, and more.  

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce offers numerous benefits, including:

  1. Less animosity:  In a contentious divorce, there is likely to be mud-slinging on both sides.  The warfare mentality that divorce often creates can have lasting effects on any children involved, as well as your own psychological wellbeing.  By working together instead of against one another, a collaborative divorce will often leave former couples with less bitterness towards the marriage and one another.  
  2. Cost savings:  Divorce can be quite costly, but a collaborative divorce will generally save you significantly.  By avoiding trial and sessions in court, a collaborative divorce allows your money to stay in your marital estate, which will benefit both of you in the long run.
  3. Efficiency:  A contested divorce can take months or even years to resolve. A collaborative divorce, on the other hand, can often be completed in a fraction of the time.  Efficiently completing the divorce offers cost benefits and allows each party to move on to the next chapter of their lives sooner.
  4. Control:  In a litigated divorce, the judge, or at times a jury, will ultimately decide crucial issues, such as child custody.  It can be frightening to leave issues of this magnitude to the opinion of someone else.  With a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse are in control of the outcome and can work together to settle any contested matters.

Couples contemplating a divorce in Texas should explore the option of a collaborative divorce to see if it is the best option for your family.  While a collaborative divorce is not the right choice for everyone, it has benefited many divorcing families across the state of Texas.


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