It is no secret that divorce can be a difficult and emotionally draining experience. However, it does not have to turn into an ugly legal battle that financially bleeds you dry. To avoid a painful litigation process, many divorcing spouses turn to less conventional means for dissolving their marriage, such as collaborative divorce, which allows couples to reach an agreement on their divorce settlement outside of court.
For spouses with children, collaborative divorce is a particularly beneficial option since it helps build a solid foundation for a better, more cooperative co-parenting relationship.
Why You Should Consider a Collaborative Divorce
Most divorcing spouses can benefit from the collaborative process. If you and your spouse are committed to staying out of court and minimizing the emotional wounds frequently caused by litigation, you should consider looking into collaborative divorce.
During the collaborative divorce process, you and your spouse will hire respective attorneys who must sign a “no court” agreement. If negotiations fail, both attorneys must withdraw from the case. After you and your spouse secure legal counsel, you will privately meet with your attorney and discuss your goals and what you are willing to compromise on. After these private meetings, you, your spouse, and your attorneys will meet for a number of sessions during which you will discuss the terms of your divorce. In some cases, when spouses have a particularly troubling time reaching an agreement, they may hire a neutral, third-party mediator.
The collaborative divorce model provides many benefits, including:
- Unlike divorce litigation, during which you are at the mercy of the court’s schedule, you and your spouse can meet when it is best for both of your schedules. Moreover, you can forego the discovery process, which will also save a substantial amount of time.
- Since you and your spouse will save a lot of time, this will inevitably translate to saving money as well.
- You and your spouse will have the power to shape your future through the collaborative divorce process, which means you are both more likely to be happy with the results of your settlement. If you leave it up to a judge, you are taking a big risk and may not be pleased with the outcome.
- Divorce litigation is a public process, so if you have concerns about your privacy, a collaborative divorce will allow you to maintain discretion.
- Collaborative divorce is a process that is rooted in compromise and cooperation, which makes it an inherently less hostile experience. If you wish to reduce stress, frustration, and heartache, this may be the right option for you.
Contact Our Knowledgeable Divorce Team Today!
If you are getting a divorce and wish to minimize the turmoil often involved in litigation, reach out to the team at Garza Law Firm, LLLP. Our collaborative divorce attorneys will help you dissolve your marriage and reduce the stress and frustration many often experience during this emotional process.
Take the first step toward a more peaceful divorce and contact us today at (214) 225-4344 to schedule a complimentary one-hour consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.