Many Texas couples who wish to divorce may decide to dissolve their marriage as quickly as possible. Depending upon whether or not the parties can work together, those who agree to amicably end their marriage may benefit from a collaborative divorce.
A collaborative divorce is the dissolution of a marriage that takes an out-of-court approach. This type of divorce allows both parties and their attorneys to work out an agreement that benefits the parties, all without standing in front of a judge. This process can be used to determine child and spousal support, disputes over property and other matters in a neutral setting and in a positive and open manner. Once an agreement has been reached, a written agreement is entered into by both parties.
Collaborative divorces have a number of benefits. First and foremost, these types of proceedings allow both parties to learn to negotiate and come to agreements, which can be extremely beneficial if the marriage resulted in children. Second, these proceedings may be less expensive and allow the dissolution of the marriage to occur faster than a traditional divorce, depending upon the circumstances of the case. Finally, if the collaboration is successful, both parties may feel less emotionally and financially stressed that they would in a normal divorce as both parties were involved in the agreement.
Because there are so many benefits to a collaborative divorce, couples may wish to learn more about this process. However, because each case is unique, those who believe that this type of divorce may be best for them and their families should seek legal advice from a family law attorney to determine if this is the case.
Source: Findlaw, “Collaborative Divorce: Overview“, August 13, 2014