Divorcing in Texas? 4 reasons to consider a collaborative divorce.
In the past, it was common for people to expect their divorce to be contentious and adversarial in nature – not to mention expensive if lengthy court battles were involved. However, things have changed a great deal over the years, particularly in the area of collaborative divorce.
Essentially, collaborative divorce is a non-confrontational, communicative process in which splitting couples work with their attorneys to resolve their divorce-related issues in a peaceful manner. Simply put, the parties agree to find solutions through cooperation, as opposed to litigating their disputes in court. This collaborative process typically makes for a much happier divorce for everyone involved, including the children.
Key advantages to collaborative divorce in Texas
Texas is actually one of the first states to embrace the collaborative divorce process. In fact, Texas lawmakers created the state’s first collaborative law statute in 2001, with the most recent Collaborative Family Law Act enacted in 2011.
There are several advantages to the collaborative divorce process in Texas, including:
1. It preserves relationships for the benefit of the children
For some people, traditional divorce can bring out their worst, and in some instances, destroy any chance they have at maintaining an amicable relationship. While this may be okay if they have no intention on seeing each other again, it is less than ideal if they still have to raise children together. Collaborative divorce gives you and your ex a better opportunity to maintain an effective, long-term relationship, which is necessary when children are involved.
2. It puts the control in your hands, not the court’s
When you allow the court to resolve your divorce-related issues, you have no control over the outcome – after all, you never know how a court will rule. Collaborative divorce give you control since you make the decisions, not a judge.
3. It’s private and confidential
Since court proceedings are not involved, the discussions and negotiations that take place during the collaborative divorce process remain private and not part of the public record. Although, it should be noted that even with collaborative divorce, there will still be an eventual court order filed in the public record.
4. It’s flexible and personalized
Rather than trust a judge to get things right, a collaborative divorce allows you to resolve all divorce-related matters, including property division and child custody. You and your spouse are obviously more familiar than anyone with your family’s unique circumstances, so who better to determine the best solutions for your family?
Contact a lawyer today
If you have questions about the collaborative divorce process in Texas and live in Round Rock or the surrounding areas – including throughout Williamson or Travis Counties – the knowledgeable attorneys at Heinrich Christian, PLLC, are available to provide dedicated and personalized legal guidance. We can explain what legal options may be best for you and your family, including collaborative divorce. Contact us today.