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For the sake of the children, limit divorce conflict

If a Texas couple decides the best course of action is to divorce, that is something that deserves to be respected. If an element of your split involves children, their well-being and welfare deserve to be equally respected.

However, showing respect can be hard. Emotions have a way of running high and feelings of anger can be difficult to overcome. In a fit of high dudgeon, divorce proceedings can decay into major conflict, including disputes over child custody and support. Considering more creative means of resolving differences may be a challenge, but there are good reasons to steer clear of conflict.

The sake of the children is perhaps the greatest reason to pursue one of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods available these days. By committing to settling issues through either collaborative negotiation or mediation, parents can model respect in a way that the children will feel and be able to emulate.

Other good reasons to reject the conflict route include:

  • Lower cost: Going to court is time consuming. It can cost more than alternative dispute resolution. Some have gauged that it can cost as much as three times more to litigate a divorce.

  • Less chance of violence: Taking an already tense situation and bringing it into the court can spark the worst behavior in some individuals. If it leads to violence, someone could be hurt or killed. Properly handled ADR increases the chances that such action is kept in check.

Ultimately, how your divorce plays out is up to you. By enlisting the help of an attorney who is experienced in collaborative law or mediation you can learn what options exist and which method or process of dissolution might be best suited for you.

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