Collaborative Divorce in
An Alternative Approach for Dissolving a Marriage
Collaborative Law is a powerful, binding, yet non-litigation approach to
solving legal problems, and is highly effective in family law, especially
in divorce proceedings. When disputes involve children and parents, collaborative
law makes it easier to preserve relationships among children and parents
long after the legal action is complete.
At the Law Offices of Kate Smith, PLLC in Colleyville, I am trained in
collaborative law and will utilize its methods for resolving divorce and
other family law issues when clients are interested in resolving a case
privately and in an amicable and respectful setting.
Perils of Litigation
In litigation, spouses are essentially asking a judge to render decisions
regarding their children and property. Each side prepares a case to persuade
the judge and jury that only their view has merit. Airing each party’s
weaknesses, failures, misdeeds, and mistakes in a courtroom are embarrassing
to both parties, shattering both trust and respect. After such a wrenching
experience, a respectful post-divorce partnership has little chance of
succeeding, much less nurturing the children.
Hope of Collaboration
When resolving a case through collaborative law, spouses engage in a series
of settlement meetings outside the courthouse. Attorneys trained in collaborative
law represent each party.
Collaborative sessions incorporate a neutral communication specialist and
a neutral financial expert, both of whom are trained in the collaborative
law process to serve as unbiased consultants to all parties. All agree
to abide by strict rules of communication to facilitate courtesy, respect,
and results. The spouses, their attorneys, and the neutral specialists
are encouraged to speak freely during meetings.
Everyone works together as a team to share documents and set goals, agendas
and realistic deadlines. All work toward serving the interests of all
parties, especially the children. If other experts are needed, for example,
to appraise the value of a home and the costs of needed home improvements,
the parties can agree to hire one neutral expert for each intended specialized purpose.
Contact Our Law Office Today to Get Started on Your Case!
At the Law office of Kate Smith, PLLC in
Colleyville, my training and wealth of experience in the collaborative
law allows us to help clients avoid not only driving a wedge between whatever
remains of the marital or parental relationships, but also the high cost
of litigation. I focus on the big picture, offering our local clients
a kinder and gentler way to help them resolve divorce and other domestic
issues to the optimal benefit of them and their children.
When you need legal help with a divorce or other sensitive family law matter,
please call my law firm at
817-381-7733 to discuss your needs with a Tarrant County collaborative law attorney
and learn how I can help you.