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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: Collaborative Law and Texas Divorces

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Collaborative Law and Texas Divorces

Before entering any divorce case in Texas, you should know about collaborative law: a process in which both parties agree to engage in honest and fair communication in order to avoid going to trial for their divorce.

Of course, in the more hostile divorce cases this is a lot easier said than done. It's sometimes difficult to put your feelings aside in order to reach an agreement that is truly fair – we've all heard of divorce cases in which one spouse or the other is attempting to acquire as much monetary gain as possible out of spite. If your case is antagonistic in nature, it's better to hire a sound Texas divorce lawyer, like Marshall Davis Brown, Jr.

If you can put your feelings aside, though, and agree to think of the interests of both parties and any involved children, it cuts out a lot of middle men and saves a lot of time. You'll be able to save a lot on legal fees and avoid a lot of court dates. You can still get lawyers to make sure that settlements are fair, such as the division of property, but it's a much more cooperative and communicative process than doing the entire thing through trials.

The benefits of taking advantage of collaborative law are manifold – you save time and money, and you can work out any emotional kinks to make sharing custody of children less painful. Plus, if both parties are considering the interests of the other, as well as their own, one person is less likely to take advantage of the divorce and end up with more property and money than is necessary or fair.

It's definitely an option to consider if you feel it's one you can handle – but if there is any doubt, hiring a lawyer and taking the case to court is by all means necessary. Remember, lawyers care about their clients and want things to work out the best for them, despite any stereotypes about the profession.


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