Collaborative Law and Texas Divorce
If you are facing a divorce that you and your spouse have come to mutual terms with, you recognize that you are facing a legal process – not necessarily going to battle. If you are in agreement about keeping the process civilized and, perhaps, even learning from the experience, collaborative law is likely the best answer. Collaborative divorce has been an option in Texas for over a decade, but it more recently strengthened the option with the passing of the Collaborative Family Law Act.
The Collaborative Family Law Act
In 2011, Texas passed the Collaborative Family Law Act, which explicitly encourages resolving disputes peacefully – especially those disputes involving child custody arrangements – and the expedient voluntary settlement of pending divorce litigation. In other words, if you and your spouse are in agreement or willing to work toward an agreement, the law is prepared to work with you in finding a non-adversarial option for finalizing your divorce. Pursuing divorce via collaborative law continues to gain in popularity because of the inherent stress-release valve it offers.
Conflict-Reduction and Divorce
If you are going through a divorce, your thoughts and emotions are almost certainly running high. The relatively peaceful approach to divorce proffered by collaborative law could be just the lifeline you need. Sometimes the upset inherent to divorce overwhelms, and without, a peaceful path forward, tends to implode and wreak havoc. Divorce is, after all, the dissolution of your family as you know it.
Collaborative law provides divorcing couples a framework within which to constructively work and to find a relatively low-conflict way forward. The fact is that collaborative law has an impressively high success rate, and if you think you, as a couple, are good candidates, an experienced Central Texas family law attorney can help guide you toward a divorce forged by collaboration.
Collaborative Law and Your Children
The conflict of divorce is difficult for adults, but it is even more devastating for children. While the fact of divorce will naturally hurt your children, minimizing the level of conflict involved can only help. Your number one priority in divorce is naturally to protect your children and to come to child custody arrangements that work for everyone. Collaborative law can help you do just that. If you and your divorcing spouse can find your way to finalizing your divorce by successfully implementing collaborative law, you will walk away with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you chose a divorce path that honors your children by putting them first.
If You Are Facing a Divorce, an Experienced Central Texas Family Law Attorney Can Help
While collaborative law is not for every divorcing couple, if you and your spouse are both interested in working together to minimize divorce conflict, it is very likely your best option. Attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas is dedicated to helping you resolve your divorce as collaboratively as possible. For more information, please contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.