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Collaborative approach to family law issues has multiple benefits

As anyone who has ever been divorced in Texas or elsewhere knows, divorce is never a simple matter whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. One approach to family law however has many divorcing couples and their attorney's agreeing that it doesn't have to be a painful and drawn-out affair either. That approach is called collaborative law and it allows both sides to retain their own attorneys while at the same time commit to focusing the discussions on the end result, rather than how to approach the disagreements in a trial.

The collaborative approach to conflict resolution in family law was first introduced in 1990 by a family law attorney in another state.

Since then the collaborative law approach has become widespread throughout most of the U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada with more than 22,000 attorneys trained in collaborative law worldwide. This approach to resolving conflicts in families going through transition, including divorce, child custody and visitation issues, is useful in facilitating a big picture view of the proceedings rather than fostering oppositional attitudes amongst the parties.

For many people, divorce is a new and uncharted territory and they may have their emotional goggles on rather than their rational, logical goggles allowing them to see the end goal of a satisfactory divorce settlement. Having a divorce attorney experienced in collaborative law allows you to protect your interests as well as minimize the time spent hashing out every little detail in order to try and hurt the other party.

When a divorce goes through litigation there are winners and losers. That is just the nature of a court battle, but with collaborative law both parties can be winners in the final outcome. For one thing a collaborative approach to your divorce saves not only time, but also money involved in a long, drawn-out court trial. One divorce attorney, who recently trained in collaborative law, said her first case using this approach was only one month from start to the signing of the final divorce decree.

By focusing on the common goals rather than personal objectives, especially when children are involved, it is easier to preserve a civil relationship when both parties are in the same room working on the details of the divorce agreement. There will still be birthdays to celebrate, school issues and holidays to work out, so the more you work together on the divorce the easier the rest of the process will be on everyone, including the children.

Source: The Daily Reporter, "A Collaborative Effort," Randy M. Cauthron, July 28, 2012

Our Brazos County, Texas, family law practice uses collaborative law and other creative approaches to divorce and conflict resolution to a wide range of family law issues.

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