Collaborative Divorce is not a dispute resolution option in the same sense as mediation or arbitration. Rather, collaborative divorce is a set of voluntary ground rules entered into by the attorneys hired by you and your spouse. The collaborative law process can reduce the stress and tension. It can also be less expensive. It may be more likely that relationships can be preserved after the divorce or after the case is legally resolved. The collaborative law process generally involves the parties and attorneys meeting and working to resolve the case through a series of informal discussions and meetings. Information is shared and the costs or expenses of experts (appraisers, psychologists, etc.) may be shared. The parties agree from the beginning to make every effort to settle the case without going to court. If the case cannot be settled out of court, then each party must hire a new attorney and the case will take the more traditional litigation route. The Collaborative Divorce Attorney in Houston, TX will help make the process easy.
The Collaborative Process allows you all the benefits of getting legal advice without the negative possibilities of a trial which may not happen for months. Collaborative Divorce lawyers help you make good decisions about financial issues. For example, they advise you about the hidden pitfalls of the tax code and the intricate rules imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service governing retirement plans. They make sure you don’t make document drafting mistakes that cost both parties in ways they didn’t expect. Collaborative Divorce lawyers make sure you understand the law, your rights, your obligations, and the legal effect of your decisions. Experienced and qualified Texas Collaborative Divorce Lawyers make the entire process of the divorce easy for both parties. Both your lawyer and your spouse’s lawyer must be trained in collaborative divorce law for the process to work.
Like mediation and arbitration, collaborative law attempts to maintain civil relations throughout the negotiations process as well as after an agreement is reached. If either you or your spouse becomes “stuck” on a particular issue, a mediator may be consulted to help with the collaborative process. If the mediation does not help you reach a conclusion, you both hire new legal counsel and deal with the unresolved issue(s) in either arbitration or litigation. Call us today at (281) 216-8778 to talk with the Harris County Collaborative Divorce Lawyers at our office.
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