When spouses divorce in Texas, they have to decide how to split up all their assets and time with their children. Couples who can’t agree on property and custody typically bring in their own attorneys to help with the divorce. Many couples agree on some issues but may rely on a mediator to help where they don’t agree.
Hiring a mediator is typically part of collaborative divorce. Couples may need help with setting disputes to finalize their divorce agreement. The main areas people often need help with are; child custody, property division, and spousal support.
How the process works
Spouses may not agree on everything, so each spouse can hire a collaborative divorce attorney to help them work on an acceptable agreement. Each person meets with their collaborator to discuss terms, and the four of them work on issues. Child custody specialists and accountants can also help with collaborative divorce. After the spouses reach an agreement, a family court judge will contact them to sign the agreement.
Collaborative attorneys may sign agreements to withdraw from the case if they can’t settle because they won’t represent people in divorce court. If the couple can’t agree on the terms of their divorce, they may have to go to court with new lawyers representing each person.
How the collaborative process helps families
Collaboration divorce cuts down on conflict and expenses that occur during divorce. Agreeing on legal procedures reduces time and money for both parties, and they can focus on negotiating a settlement that benefits everyone involved. Spouses’ can make plans for addressing post-divorce situations during the collaboration.
If the couple reaches an agreement, the legal part of the divorce is quick. Trials and contested procedures are what take up people’s time. By working together to draw up a settlement, the couple may save time and money.