In some marriages, there comes a time when both spouses realize their relationship is beyond repair. Divorce then seems both the wisest choice and the only logical outcome. Some couples never seem to move beyond anger, resentment and hostility, and their divorces are often bitter and prolonged. Others, though, choose to separate amicably, even if they do not remain friends afterward. These are the divorces that are perfect for Texas’s collaborative law.
So what can convince both spouses that collaborative law is the best approach to divorce? First, collaborative law divorces can protect the interests of both spouses. Collaborative divorces usually do not affect spouses’ finances, emotional well-being or important relationships with others, especially children. If a couple is willing to separate on good terms, then discussing the collaborative law approach is the first step.
So how does one spouse introduce collaborative law to the other in a nonthreatening way? A Texas resident has several options from which to choose. He or she can share information on collaborative law directly. This approach works best for spouses who are on good terms. Sometimes, though, a spouse who needs convincing may prefer to gather information from other sources; in this case, friends or relatives who are close to the spouse may be able to introduce the collaborative law approach in a more sympathetic and effective way.
Although the collaborative law approach is fairly simple and can effectively address several divorce-related issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support and property division, guidance is also required in most cases. This is why collaborative law experts in Texas and elsewhere in the country stress the need to enlist the services of a lawyer who not only knows divorce and collaborative law in Texas but also is experienced in mediation and the arbitration of family law issues.