Do you want to avoid going to court? Do you want to resolve your divorce quickly and cost-effectively?
Collaborative law provides an excellent alternative to family court litigation for resolving the issues in a divorce. At Higgins Family Law Group, we represent people throughout the DFW Metroplex and North Texas who have family law or divorce-related legal concerns.Our attorneys will engage in the collaborative law approach at the request of our clients and can help you to understand and navigate the process successfully.
The collaborative process allows spouses to actively participate in creating an agreement about all issues in the divorce, including child custody, child support,property division, debt division, and alimony.
Collaborative process is founded on the principle that people will resolve their disputes amicably if the parties and their attorneys are all similarly committed to full disclosure, settlement, and avoidance of a formal legal process. The goal of collaborative divorce is to formulate a divorce decree based on the parties’ joint desires and expectations. This is often a much better outcome that a decree which is the result of a party “winning or losing” on the battlefield of the courtroom.
How Does Collaborative Law Work?
In collaborative law, each spouse is represented by a lawyer who will be their advocate when issues which call for detachment and objectivity arise. Each collaborative lawyer will also address issues in a manner that does not antagonize the other side or incite litigation. Full disclosure of assets, debts, property, and other issues is required in the collaborative law approach and the process will typically involve multiple settlement conferences.
If a client chooses to use the collaborative law process, both spouses will agree that their attorneys will withdraw if the case cannot be settled out of court. This requirement is designed to ensure that the clients and their attorneys are all invested in the collaborative process with an ultimate goal of settlement rather than continued litigation.
Taking a New Direction
To learn more about your mediation, collaborative law, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options, call our law offices in Plano, Texas, directly or e-mail us with a brief description of your situation and concerns. Our attorneys accept all major credit cards and offer flexible appointment scheduling for your convenience.