Collaborative Law Is An Alternative To Court

At Hoppes & Cutrer, we understand that the traditional divorce process is not a good fit for everyone in Tarrant County. If filing a petition and answer, obtaining a restraining order, conducting formal discovery and going to trial does not sound appealing, you may want to consider using collaborative law to resolve your divorce and other family law disputes.

What Is Collaborative Law? What Are The Benefits?

Collaborative law (collaborative divorce) is a statutory legal process available in Texas that takes place out of court. It involves you, your spouse, an attorney trained in collaborative law and possibly other family professionals such as a financial planner.

When you begin the process, all parties sign a participation agreement. This is a binding legal document in which you agree to participate in good faith, promise not to threaten litigation and relinquish your right to have the participating attorney represent you in any future litigation in family court.

The process provides many benefits such as:

  • Privacy: Your conversations and settlement negotiations take place behind closed doors. Although the final decree is public record, the details of your life, your finances and your emotions stay private.
  • Control: In court, you present your case but a judge decides. In collaborative law, you and your spouse decide your own priorities and which compromises you will make.
  • Preservation of relationships: You may still have some level of ongoing contact with your ex-spouse after the court issues a decree, particularly if you have children together.
  • Convenience: You choose when and where you will meet. You work around your own schedules, not the courts.

Choose The Right Divorce Option For Your Family

Meet with our lawyers to learn more about collaborative law and discuss other divorce options available. Call our office in Hurst at 817-864-8594 or send us your information to schedule a consultation.