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What is a collaborative law divorce in Texas?

If you and your spouse have decided that your marriage is over, you might have decided that divorce is the next step for you. Did you know that in Texas you can go through the collaborative law process to get divorced? Whether you have heard of that before or not, there are some basic facts about collaborative law that you should consider.

What happens in a collaborative divorce?

A collaborative law divorce occurs when you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse work together to come up with the terms for the divorce. The child custody, child support, property division, alimony and debt distribution are all handled through negotiations during a collaborative divorce. You and your ex will each have your own legal representation to help with the process. Other parties, such as accountants or child custody specialists might also be present. In cases during which agreements can't be made, mediators might be brought in to help decide points.

Why is collaborative divorce sometimes preferred?

In a collaborative divorce, you can often get the divorce taken care of faster than a traditional divorce would allow. This process often saves you money because you aren't having to go through court hearings to make the divorce settlement decisions. A collaborative divorce also gives you and your ex more wiggle room when it comes to making choices about every aspect of your divorce. You can even decide how disputes down the road will be handled if they come up.

Going through any divorce can be rough, but when you choose to go through a collaborative divorce, you likely won't have as much stress as you do when you go through the traditional divorce route. Knowing the laws so you can make sure your divorce settlement gives you the best start for your new life is vital during a collaborative divorce.

Source: FindLaw, "How Collaborative Divorce Works: FAQs" Sep. 10, 2014

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