HOUSTON COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS
Many people wish to avoid litigation in divorce, and rightly so. Traditional courtroom litigation can be an emotionally trying, expensive and time-consuming process.
For people who wish to take a different path in divorce, collaborative law may be an appropriate alternative. Through collaborative law, parties can settle divorce-related matters out of court with each being represented by an attorney trained in collaborative law. The attorneys at Currin, Wuest, Mielke, Paul & Knapp, P.L.L.C. are trained in collaborative law.
How Does Collaborative Law Work?
Each party must agree to settle the divorce through the collaborative law process. Each spouse is represented by a lawyer who has specialized training in dispute resolution using cooperative methods.
The parties meet in multiple sessions to discuss divorce-related issues. Throughout the collaborative divorce, the attorneys representing the individual parties guide the process and encourage a comprehensive settlement through open and honest communication.
The Benefits of Collaborative Law
Most people facing divorce are unaware that they have options other than litigation. While litigation can be a costly, long, and emotionally charged process, collaborative divorce offers the following benefits:
More Control – Parties work directly with their individual attorneys to settle a divorce on terms with which they can be satisfied. If the parties are unable to reach settlement, the case will proceed to trial and a judge or jury makes the final determination.
Less impact on children – Children are often traumatized by the effects of litigation between their parents. In collaborative law, each parent has the ability to make decisions to minimize the negative impact on each child involved.
More privacy – Court papers are public records. Collaborative law is a private process, and most documents are not publicly recorded.
Cost – Collaborative law may be less costly than litigation.