Collaborative Law is a relatively new process that often provides the best means of resolving Family Law disputes. It can be effective in the following types of matters, among others:
- pre-marital (prenuptial) agreements,
- relocation, where the primary custodian wants to move away from the Tarrant County area, and
- post-marital (partition) agreements.
Good for difficult divorces: In divorces, we use Collaborative Law to work out creative property divisions, especially when there are professional practices, family businesses, retirement funds or a variety of investments to divide. It also provides a means and the flexibility to develop needed transitions for later in life divorces. Sometimes we provide for training or career assistance for a party who has been out of the workforce for years. Professional athletes and business owners like the process because it affords them a private process, utilizing financial and other experts, so they can create beneficial solutions to complex situations.
How it works: Collaborative Law is an organized process that helps the parties identify their needs and creatively solve problems. The process focuses on the major goals and needs of each party and is not limited by the ways a court or someone’s friends have done things in prior cases. It is a safe, private and client-controlled process. When needed, we bring in neutral experts to help both parties work out financial issues, including tax consequences, and resolve child issues.
Thinking outside the box: In Collaborative cases, we focus on finding or creating possibilities and do not allow “the law” to limit our options. We are free to invent new solutions and avoid the arbitrary imposition of “standard” guidelines or rules. We are also free to consider the law from other states just as much as our Texas statutes.
Caveat: Both Parties Must Use Trained Collaborative Lawyers. Since Collaborative Law is a pretty new process, often the biggest obstacle to using it is not having a Collaborative-trained attorney representing the other spouse. Each party must hire a Collaborative attorney, and we can provide a list of good ones available locally. It is very important to share that information with the other party before he/she hires an attorney. Click here to get a list of trained Collaborative professionals in Tarrant County.
Following this are some frequently asked questions about Collaborative Law and some documents and forms that are customized and used in Collaborative cases. We also explain steps we follow in problem solving and we give tips for starting a Collaborative case.
Additional information is available through these websites:
Collaborative Lawyers of Tarrant County (CLTC)
Collaborative Law Institute of Texas (CLI-Tx)
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
Dick Price’s own Texas Collaborative Law blog.