Dallas-Fort Worth Collaborative Divorce Attorneys
In recent years, the collaborative law movement has developed substantial momentum. Collaborative divorce offers a tremendous opportunity to lessen the conflict of divorce to clients who are committed to making it work.
The family law firm of Widner Family Law Group, L.L.P. has several lawyers who have been active in collaborative divorce as it has evolved over the years. To find out whether this approach to divorce dispute resolution is suitable for your circumstances, contact us in Dallas-Fort Worth for additional information.
Collaborative law divorce represents a comprehensive alternative approach to marriage dissolution. It’s based on the principle that people who assume responsibility for settling all divorce issues through negotiation will make better decisions for themselves and their children without a great deal of the expense and stress that can characterize divorce litigation.
In a collaborative divorce, each side is represented by a lawyer but signs an agreement at the outset to work in good faith toward negotiated resolution of all issues, from property division to custody and access to children. If the process breaks down at any point and a disputed matter needs to go to court, the parties will need to retain new lawyers because the original attorneys, in accordance with the mandates of collaborative law, agreed not to represent their clients if court action becomes necessary.
Retaining Control of Your Outcome Through the Collaborative Approach
While the delay and expense associated with finding new counsel for divorce litigation serve as a powerful incentive to keep the collaborative process on track, most people who successfully complete a collaborative law divorce find that the primary benefits of the approach lie in the constructive and cooperative atmosphere it generates and supports. When people are committed to solving problems rather than winning fights, the prospect of a mutually acceptable agreement considerably increases. Collaborative law should not be chosen primarily as a way to avoid litigation expenses. In a complex case, your need for legal advice and expert support will probably approach what would be required to prepare for trial. The main strengths of collaborative law instead are found in the greater control the parties maintain over their own outcomes, the reduced stress of the procedure, and the opportunity to take maximum advantage of personal problem-solving skills.
If you want more information about the collaborative approach to Texas divorce for your case, contact the Dallas collaborative law attorneys of Widner Family Law Group at their office location.