If you’re considering divorce, you may not know that something called “collaborative divorce” is one of your options. Collaborative divorce is a legal process that allows couples to resolve issues related to their divorce outside of court, enabling them to avoid the time and costs associated with litigation and to achieve a settlement that best meets their specific needs. The collaborative process involves working with a divorce attorney and other family law professionals.
There are many benefits to choosing collaborative divorce over litigation:
- Cost efficiency. Couples who choose collaborative divorce spend significantly less money than those who need to have their divorce litigated in court. Part of the reason for this is that couples have to share financial information, which allows them to avoid additional attorney fees associated with the discovery process.
- Quicker results. Less contention among the parties translates to quicker resolutions. The collaborative divorce process takes an average of 18 weeks – a quarter of the time it can take to resolve a case in court.
- Customized solutions. Collaboration allows for arrangements that the courts sometimes can’t make. Couples will have more control over the outcome of their case because they will be able to voice their opinions and know that they will be heard.
- Less bitterness. Fighting about every aspect of a divorce is not only unproductive – it can leave couples with bitter feelings long after the divorce is finalized. Divorce is rarely ever easy, but taking the collaborative approach makes the divorce process much less contentious, allowing couples to resolve their issues as quickly as possible so they can move forward to a brighter future.
If you are considering a divorce in Houston, Boudreaux Hunter & Associates, LLC can help. Our experienced team is prepared to meet with you during an initial case evaluation to discuss your case and your individual goals, as well as options such as mediation. With a focus on compassionate representation and open lines of communication, you can trust in our team to effectively guide you through this difficult time.
Schedule an appointment with a Houston divorce lawyer at our firm when you call (713) 766-6283.