When couples in Texas divorce, emotions often run high. This can sometimes lead to conflict in what might have otherwise been a straightforward, amicable divorce. This conflict might be caused by misunderstandings or a spouse who feels uncertain of what is happening, legally and socially. In these cases, a collaborative law approach might help.
In collaborative law, both parties to a situation agree to work together to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution. In a divorce, this may mean that lawyers for both parties avoid taking an adversarial position and instead recognize that their clients want the same thing: To end their marriage with a fair distribution of assets and access to their children.
To enhance this process, some spouses will hire a divorce coach. Similar to the work that life coaches do, a divorce coach acts as an advocate and support person to their client. The divorce coach can help the client recognize what they want out of the divorce and support the client while navigating the divorce process. For example, if a client is unhappy with the way a particular asset is being divided, the divorce coach could help the client develop a strategy for approaching the legal team to have this issue addressed.
Individuals who are considering divorce may benefit from speaking with a collaborative law attorney. The attorney may be able to review the client’s case and let him or her know whether this approach to divorce is suitable for the case. The attorney might also represent the client in negotiations and in court if necessary.