Collaborative Law: An Alternative To Litigation

Traditional divorce litigation can be extremely contentious, lengthy and expensive. As an alternative, some clients choose the collaborative law method to resolve their divorce and/or custody cases. During this process, the parties and their individual attorneys work together to reach an agreement. The collaborative divorce approach to conflict resolution is less stressful, may allow the parties to reach an agreement more quickly, and with lower legal fees than traditional litigation.

If you are seeking a collaborative law attorney, contact Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., in Houston, Texas. Our experienced collaborative law attorneys can help you find a peaceful resolution to your family law disputes.

Working Together To Reach A Solution

In collaborative law, each party retains his or her own lawyer and signs an agreement stating that the parties will work cooperatively to resolve all issues and reach a negotiated agreement without court intervention. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, each attorney must withdraw and the couple will go to trial with new attorneys. In other words, in collaborative law cases, the lawyers have no incentive not to settle the case, and because the parties will have to educate new counsel in the event they do not reach an agreement, the parties have incentive to settle as well.

The collaborative divorce process is designed to create a safe and nonstressful environment, where the parties, their attorneys and, when needed, expert facilitators with specialized training can work through a highly structured process to reach a resolution that works for both parties.

The collaborative law process can be an effective way to resolve any family law matter. It can help to maintain the integrity of family relationships by resolving disputes in a constructive way using a method that is focused on moving forward, not looking backward. Parties, with the help of their specially trained attorneys, put blame aside and concentrate, instead, on generating creative solutions to resolve disputes.

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