In Texas, a couple has options when it comes to the path to divorce. One option you may want to explore is the collaborative approach.
This process is unique in that it requires in-person meetings between the parties and their attorneys. In a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse will attempt to resolve your differences and divide your property, debt, cash, and parental custody to end your marriage. Take a look at three reasons why you may want to consider this process versus a traditional divorce.
1. Reduces conflict
In a collaborative process, the parties enter into a collective bargaining atmosphere. When amenable to the idea of compromise, a couple may find that the collaborative route is much less hostile and contentious than traditional divorce. In the spirit of compromise, the parties may also find the transition to co-parenting after divorce is smoother.
2. Keeps proceedings confidential
Going to court and filing documents may become a less private path to divorce. Anyone may enter the courtroom or go through an online docket. Collaborative divorce ensures that private and personal matters remain between the couple and their attorneys. This may help foster an environment of honest and open communication. It also takes the decisions out of the judge’s hands and puts them squarely in the lap of the couple.
3. Saves money
Without all the paperwork, preparation and appearances, a collaborative divorce may save a couple a substantial amount of money in legal fees. This does not apply to attorneys’ bills but also court fees for appearances and filing documents.
If you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement during a collaborative proceeding, you may go the traditional route.