Divorces can be emotionally charged conflicts, but they do not have to be. One way to avoid the combative environment of a litigated divorce is to seek a collaborative divorce instead.
Collaborative divorce law exists to facilitate the peaceable dissolution of marriages. It has several benefits compared to litigated divorce.
Takes less time and creates less conflict
Collaborative divorces are often called “friendly divorces” in Texas because they tend to involve less conflict than litigation. Additionally, a resolution is often reached faster than with litigation.
Leads to less contentious child custody agreements
Parents who have utilized the collaborative divorce process to work out their differences often have more success reaching an agreement about child visitation and custody.
Does not cost as much
Because collaborative divorces usually take less time to resolve and involve paying for fewer experts, they often cost less money than litigation.
Protects your privacy
The divorcing couple has control over the collaborative divorce process, instead of a judge. Negotiations take place in private, instead of in an open courtroom. Collaborative divorce also allows you to avoid filing paperwork that goes into the public record. If you do not want other people to know your business, collaborative divorce can be a good option.
More likely to lead to reconciliation
If you think there may be a chance at reconciliation, avoiding the contentious atmosphere of litigation increases your odds.
Collaborative divorce is not the right option for everyone. However, it can be an attractive option for couples who want to avoid unnecessary conflict and public attention.