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Considering divorce and dread the thought of a drawn-out, adversarial legal battle? There’s a better way. Listen to this free audiobook podcast to discover:

How interest-based negotiation leads to more satisfying, sustainable agreements
What makes collaborative divorce different from mediation and litigation
The role of neutral experts like the financial professional and child specialist
Strategies to discuss collaborative divorce with your spouse
How to find the right collaborative attorney for you
Real-life examples of the collaborative process in action
Tips for emotional coping and self-reflection during divorce
Ideas for co-parenting and thriving in your new chapter of your life
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Attorney Cristi Trusler and Financial Neutral Jennifer Failla
Discuss Real Experiences in Collaborative Divorce

How Can an Austin Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Help You and Your Family?

Divorce can be a heartbreaking, complicated process, and many couples find themselves feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of navigating the legal and financial complexities of dissolving a marriage. Fortunately, there is a better way for couples to end their marriage: collaborative divorce.  Are you looking for ways to make the process easier and more efficient for your family? Collaborative divorce may be an ideal solution for your family law matter.

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is an alternative dispute resolution method for couples that cannot agree. Many people mistakenly think it is an agreed divorce. It’s not. It’s an alternative to the stress and conflict of a traditional courtroom divorce. Using the collaborative law process, divorcing couples work together to resolve the issues related to their separation, such as property division, child support, child custody, spousal support, etc.. 

A Texas collaborative law case involves both spouses and their respective attorneys, often with often uses specially trained professionals, mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial professionals working together to negotiate an agreement on their own terms, rather than relying on court-ordered decisions. With collaborative divorce, couples can maintain control over their future while minimizing the emotional and financial stress of the process. Furthermore, there are several benefits to taking a collaborative approach, such as improved communication, reduced legal costs, and the opportunity to build a stronger post-divorce relationship. By understanding how collaborative divorce works and the advantages it offers, couples can make better-informed decisions about how to end their marriage.

Why is Collaborative Divorce a Better Option Than Litigation?

CollaborativeLitigation
Who Controls the ProcessYou and your spouse control the process and make final decisions.Judge controls the process and makes final decisions.
Degree of AdversityYou and your spouse pledge mutual respect and openness.Court process is based on an adversarial system.
TransparencyEveryone commits to open and transparent communication.Each side tries to hide the ball to gain an advantage.
CostCosts are manageable, usually less expensive than litigation; team model is financially, efficient in use of experts.Costs are unpredictable and can escalate rapidly including frequency of post judgment litigation.
TimetableYou and your spouse create the timetable.Judge sets the timetable; often delays given crowded court.
Use of Outside ExpertsJointly retained specialists provide information and guidance helping you and your spouse develop informed, mutually beneficial solutions.Separate experts are hired to support the the litigants’ positions, often at great expense to each.
Involvement of Family LawyersYour lawyers work toward a mutually created settlement.Lawyers fight to win, but someone loses.
PrivacyThe process, discussion and negotiation details are kept private.Dispute becomes a matter of public record and sometimes, media attention.
Facilitation of CommunicationTeam of specialists educate and assist you and your spouse on on how to effectively communicate with each other.No process designed to facilitate communication.
Voluntary vs. MandatoryVoluntaryMandatory if no agreement.
Lines of CommunicationYou and your spouse communicate directly with the assistance of members of your team.You and your spouse negotiate through your lawyers.
Court InvolvementStays out of court.Court based.

The key advantages of a collaborative divorce include the ability to keep the process out of court, allowing the couple to maintain control over the outcome and make decisions regarding their future. Additionally, it can be less expensive than traditional litigation as there will be less court costs and attorney fees. Finally, since it does not involve litigation, it can often help preserve relationships between both parties and can minimize the stress associated with a traditional divorce.

What to Expect With the Collaborative Divorce Process

The collaborative divorce process in Texas typically involves the following steps:

01

Retaining Professionals

Both parties retain separate collaborative divorce lawyers who are trained in the collaborative process. The parties also typically hire a neutral process facilitator, a neutral financial professional and other specialists as needed.

02

Signing a Participation Agreement

Both parties sign a participation agreement that outlines their commitment to resolving the divorce through collaboration rather than litigation.

03

Gathering Information

Both parties gather and exchange information regarding financial, legal, and other relevant aspects of their case.

04

Identifying Interests

Both parties work with their attorneys and possibly other professionals, such as a financial specialist or therapist, to identify their underlying interests and needs.

05

Brainstorming Solutions

Both parties brainstorm possible solutions to their issues and work to find mutually acceptable outcomes.

06

Negotiating a Settlement

Both parties reach an agreement that addresses all issues related to their divorce, including property division, child custody, support, and other relevant matters.

07

Identifying Interests

Both parties work with their attorneys and possibly other professionals, such as a financial specialist or therapist, to identify their underlying interests and needs.

The goal of the collaborative divorce process in Texas is to resolve disputes in a respectful and non-adversarial manner, while minimizing the impact on the parties involved and their families.

How Do You Know if Collaborative Divorce is Right for You?

You value open and respectful communication: Collaborative divorce requires open and respectful communication between the parties in order to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
You prioritize your family’s well-being: Collaborative divorce focuses on finding solutions that meet the needs of all parties involved, including children, and prioritize the well-being of the family as a whole.
You are willing to work together: Collaborative divorce is a cooperative process and requires a commitment from both parties to work together towards a resolution.
You want to avoid litigation: Collaborative divorce allows you to resolve disputes without going to court and avoid the time, expense, and stress of a traditional court battle that comes with a litigated divorce.
You are open to creative solutions: Collaborative divorce often leads to creative and mutually beneficial solutions that might not have been reached through traditional adversarial negotiation.

It’s important to note that collaborative divorce may not be the right choice for everyone, and each individual’s circumstances will dictate the best approach to resolving their divorce. Consulting with an experienced Austin collaborative divorce attorney can help you determine if this process is right for you.

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