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When you get a divorce, you end your spousal relationship but if you have children together, your co-parenting relationship continues. Collaborative law is an approach to divorce that strengthens your post-divorce parenting relationship rather than weakening it. A collaborative divorce focuses on the future and on the solutions that work for your family. Litigation focuses on the past and on assigning blame. At the office of Attorney Melissa Williams, our Austin collaborative divorce lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and make well-informed decisions for your children and property.

Collaborative divorce gives you the creativity to come up with customized solutions that work for your family. Contact our firm at (512) 271-2063 to learn more.

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is when a couple that is filing for divorce seeks to work together. Each spouse has their own lawyer who they meet with ahead of time to determine their respective goals. Several meetings take place between the attorneys and spouses, all of which are focused on peacefully resolving legal issues. The collaborative divorce process provides a non-confrontational environment for what could otherwise be a contentious debate. Matters discussed include child custody, alimony, and shared property.

A few specific benefits of this divorce process include:

  • Fosters a sense of civility rather than bitter contention
  • Provides a foundation for future collaborative co-parenting
  • The efficient process requires less time and expense than litigation
  • Children and other family members are kept out of the process, keeping it more private

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The Differences Between Collaborative & Traditional Divorce

The Collaborative Divorce Process in Texas

A specific breakdown of the collaborative divorce process is as follows:

  • Each spouse hires their own attorney
  • Each spouse meets with their own attorney privately – In these meetings, each spouse should discuss the specific issues with their attorney such as where there is room for compromise and where there is no room for negotiation.
  • Both spouses and their attorneys meet together – Everyone meeting together will probably be a regular thing until the divorce process is finalized. There might also be other party-neutral professionals included at these meetings such as child custody specialists and accountants.
  • Mediator involvement – If necessary, a neutral mediator will be used to help the parties reach an agreement.
  • “No court” agreement – Each spouse and their attorney will sign this agreement, which states that both attorneys will take themselves off the case should it move to court litigation.
  • File papers with the family court – After the collaborative process is finished, the spouses will file their divorce papers and settlement agreement.

Control Your Own Post-Divorce Future

There is a common saying among local divorce lawyers that no one's relationship was ever enhanced at the courthouse. Litigation forces the parties to become adversaries and point out each other's weaknesses or faults. Collaborative divorce is intended to keep mutual cooperation at the forefront.

In order to protect your best interests, you should retain an Austin collaborative divorce attorney from the office of Attorney Melissa Williams. When you hire our firm, you can rest assured that we care about your objectives and will do everything we can to help you get the results you need.

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

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“I was originally referred to Melissa from one of her previous clients who had nothing but great things to say about her. I was not disappointed. As we all know divorce is never an easy process but I was fortunate to have Melissa on my team. New to the process I wasn't sure what to expect but Melissa kept me focused on our goals and helping me prioritize the right things. Her knowledge of Collaborative Divorce was exceptional. She handled my situation professionally with compassion for the situation but always had my best interests in mind.”

Call us today at (512) 271-2063 to set up a consultation. Our goal is to help you through every stage of the divorce process as efficiently as possible.

“I am dedicated to representing my clients in a way that minimizes conflict and maximizes solutions.”

- Melissa M. Williams
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