In normal conversation, the term “collaboration” suggests a spirit of teamwork and cooperation. But in Texas, Collaborative Law simply allows couples to forge their own agreements outside of the court. This approach is ideal for couples who have a history of making important decisions together, even though they may have areas of disagreement.
Collaboration differs from mediation in a few key aspects. In collaboration, there is no mediator to act as a “go between” to facilitate an agreement. Instead, spouses work together in the presence of their attorneys, and the couple decides the terms of the final agreement. The spouses can also call in third parties that they’ve mutually agreed upon – such as accountants, financial consultants, child specialists, business valuation experts, estate planners, and others — to join the discussion and advise on specific issues.
Once the two spouses agree on terms, their Collaborative Divorce attorneys work together to draft their agreement into final documents to file with the court.
Argue your case without the pressures of a court
The benefits of this approach are numerous. There are no judges, court mandates, court costs, or delays from crowded dockets. Details of the negotiations can be kept private. In addition, it maintains a more productive atmosphere, in which the attorneys can craft a settlement that both parties find acceptable. And, above all, it empowers the spouses to set the final terms, rather than accepting a settlement that is handed down by a judge or arbitrator.
Whether two spouses are in agreement or not, collaboration can create a positive environment for resolving differences. To discuss whether collaboration is right for you, contact us today for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.