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Collaborative law is an alternative approach to traditional divorce litigation focused on interest-based negotiations. With interest-based negotiations, the parties discuss their interests and goals with attorneys and a neutral facilitator present then brainstorm as a means of developing concrete steps to meet those interests and goals.

In the collaborative law process, the divorce case is removed from the district court and left to the attorneys and parties for resolution within a specified time frame. An important requirement to note for the collaborative law process is that should the process not result in resolution of the family law matter, the collaborative law attorneys must withdraw from the case if the parties decide to litigate the matter in court.

The crux of the collaborative law process is the joint session, where the parties meet to discuss the above-mentioned items. The joint session is a structured process where the parties and attorneys only discuss matters that have been pre-approved pursuant to the joint session agenda. In addition to having a joint session agenda, minutes are also kept at the meeting.

Collaborative law is appropriate for parties wishing to resolve their family law dispute without the necessity of court intervention. Collaborative law is not appropriate for hotly-contested cases or cases involving violence, abuse or neglect. For more information, see http://www.collablawtexas.com.

If you are interested in the collaborative law process for your family law matter, contact our office today for an initial consultation.

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