Collaborative Divorce in Bryan/College Station

Collaborative Divorce is a peaceful alternative to a standard litigated divorce. When you choose a collaborative divorce in Bryan or College Station, you don’t have to show up in court nor pay your attorney to sit in court for hearings or other proceedings. You have divorce options.

Working with properly trained collaborative lawyers in College Station and Bryan is a faster way to get through your divorce. It is a process that reduces the gut wrenching emotional pain. It reduces the cost by keeping you and your attorney out of the court process.

You and your spouse each have a local attorney who is specifically trained by the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas on how to manage this process. In the beginning of the divorce, you and your attorneys agree in writing not to go to court. You use a mediation-like process to resolve the financial and parenting issues, without hiring a third party mediator. One of the advantages over mediation is the ability to take your time in thinking about settlement options over the course of days or weeks. You then avoid mediation buyer’s remorse.

With the help of attorneys and neutral advisors, the two of you assemble your financial and parenting information. The neutral advisors include a therapist and a CPA. These neutral advisors do not conduct therapy nor prepare your tax return. They help you make more informed decisions about your property division and your going-forward parenting arrangements. These collaboratively trained professionals help to ease the process and get the two of you past sticking points.

Bryan and College Station collaborative professionals use a proven road map to keep the collaborative divorce on track and take it to an orderly resolution. The collaborative process utilizes cooperation among the couples and the professionals instead of confrontation, threats and anger.

If the process breaks down (only 2%), you will end up in a litigation style divorce. You can bring with you the financial and parenting work that has been already done in the collaborative process. You cannot bring with you the collaborative professional team. There is good reason for this rule. Spouses will work openly with both attorneys when they know neither of the attorneys will be allowed to face them down in the courtroom later.

Not everyone is suited for a collaborative divorce, but even individuals with addictions can successfully navigate a collaborative divorce to a mutually agreed upon resolution.

by Tracy B. Stewart, CPA

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