A divorce does not always have to be a bitter and acrimonious process. In many cases, couples who decide to end their marriage want to do so in an amicable manner without fighting a prolonged legal battle. If you and your spouse feel the same way, collaborative divorce might be the best option for you.
What is it?
Collaborative divorce, as the term indicates, is a process wherein you and your spouse work together under the guidance of a collaborative divorce lawyer to end your marriage in a civil manner. It is a cheaper and better alternative to a litigated divorce.
How Does it Work?
In a collaborative divorce process, the parties involved signing a legally binding contract in which they agree not to go to court and treat each other with dignity and respect. After signing the contract, they talk to each other and negotiate the terms and conditions of their divorce with the help of their collaborative divorce lawyer.
The process is similar to mediation, where you and your spouse can discuss what you want without any reservations or inhibitions. Some of the key aspects of a collaborative divorce process include:
- You and your spouse disclose all the information – financial and otherwise – voluntarily.
- All the negotiations are interest-based and forward-looking. The aim is to find solutions that are mutually agreeable and beneficial for all the parties involved.
- The meetings can be set up based on the schedule and convenience of all the parties involved, as there are no deadlines to be met or rules to adhere to.
- Unlike a litigated divorce, a collaborative divorce proceeding does not take place in a public setting. The meetings and the negotiations are confidential and what you say cannot be used against you in a court of law.
- You and your spouse control the pace of the divorce process. You can take your time, discuss all the issues that you think are important, and arrive at a consensus, based on which the collaborative divorce lawyer can draw up an agreement.
Once you reach an agreement with your spouse, the lawyer can prepare the necessary documents – divorce decree, marital property settlement, alimony, child support and custody, and so on – and submit them in court. This is the final step of the collaborative divorce process.
Why Collaborative Divorce Might Be the Best Way to End Your Marriage
A litigated divorce is usually time-consuming and expensive. Not to mention the fact that the process can be extremely stressful for all the parties involved.
A collaborative divorce, on the contrary, is confidential, convenient, and cheap. It allows you to end your marriage without antagonizing each other. As a result, you and your spouse can remain on friendly terms with each other and work together as and when needed for the sake of your children.
Trusted Collaborative Divorce Lawyer in Texas
Family law attorney Eric M. Willie, P.C., and his team have more than three decades of experience in handling divorce cases. We treat our clients with dignity and respect and provide them with strong and effective legal representation.
Our lawyers are trained in the process of collaborative divorce and can help you get a divorce without fighting a lengthy battle in court. To know more about our collaborative divorce services, call us at 512-379-6356 or fill out this online form.