A More Agreeable Alternative
When a couple decides to get divorced, they often have to go through a lot of tough conversations. One way to make the process a little bit easier is to pursue a collaborative divorce. In Texas, there are specific laws that govern collaborative divorces. In this blog, we will discuss what collaborative divorce is, the basics of how it works, and some of the benefits of pursuing this type of divorce.
What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a process where couples who are divorcing work together with their attorneys to reach a settlement. The goal of collaborative divorce is to keep the couple out of court and to avoid having a judge make decisions about their case.
In a collaborative divorce, both parties must be willing to openly communicate with each other and share important information. They must also be willing to work together cooperatively to reach an agreement. If the couple is not able to reach an agreement, then they will need to go to court and have a judge make decisions about their case.
What is Required in a Collaborative Divorce?
The basics of collaborative divorce in Texas are that:
Both parties must be represented by attorneys who are trained in collaborative law.
The couple must sign a participation agreement that states they will not go to court and that they will work together to reach an agreement.
Both parties must be willing to openly communicate with each other and share important information.
The couple must be willing to work together cooperatively to reach an agreement.
If the couple is not able to reach an agreement, then they will need to go to court and have a judge make decisions about their case.
Types of Collaborative Divorce
There are four types of collaborative divorce in Texas: traditional, online, hybrid, and international. Traditional collaborative divorce is the most common type of collaborative divorce in Texas and involves two attorneys representing each spouse, a financial neutral, and a mental health professional. Online collaborative divorce is similar to traditional collaborative divorce, except that it occurs entirely online. Hybrid collaborative divorce is a combination of traditional and online collaboration. International collaborative divorce occurs when one or both spouses are living in another country.
No matter what type of collaborative divorce you choose, the basics remain the same. You and your spouse will work together to reach an agreement on all aspects of your divorce, including child custody, property division, and spousal support. The goal of collaborative divorce is to reach a settlement that is fair to both parties and allows you to move on with your lives.
If you are considering a collaborative divorce, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the process. With the right team in your corner, collaborative divorce can be a positive experience for all involved.
Benefits of Collaborative Divorce
There are several benefits to choosing collaborative divorce in Texas. First, it can be less expensive than traditional litigation because you avoid the cost of going to court. Second, it can be quicker than litigation since you are not waiting on a judge’s schedule. Third, it allows you and your spouse to control the outcome of your divorce rather than leaving it up to a judge who does not know you or your family. Fourth, collaborative divorce is confidential, so what happens in the process stays between you and your spouse. Finally, collaborative divorce can be less emotionally damaging to both you and your children since it is a more cooperative process.
If you are considering divorce in Texas, consider the benefits of collaborative divorce. You may find it is the best option for you and your family.
Work with a Collaborative Divorce Attorney
It is important to work with a collaborative divorce attorney if you are considering this type of divorce. A collaborative divorce is one where both parties agree to work together to come to an agreement on the terms of their divorce. This means that they will share information and work together to reach a fair settlement.
If you are considering a collaborative divorce, it is important to find an experienced attorney who specializes in this type of divorce. The team at Verner Brumley Mueller Parker understands collaborative divorce law in Texas and will advocate for you and your rights throughout the process.
Learn more about collaborative divorce in Texas or schedule a consultation with a member of our team by calling us at (214) 225-6766 or by visiting our website.