Collaborative divorce is a unique process used to resolve disputes in which both clients retain separate lawyers whose only job is to help the clients settle their disputes.
Collaborative divorce is a process which involves a team of professionals to assist you in the divorce process. The state of Texas is a leader in the collaborative divorce process, and David Bouschor, as a member of Denton County Collaborative Professionals and Collaborative Divorce Texas, (and as a Board Member of CDT) is an experienced collaborative divorce attorney.
In a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse work with a team composed of specially trained professionals–each spouse has their own attorney, then they all work with a neutral communications coach and a neutral financial professional. The team engages in a series of meetings to develop plans that work for the best interests of the couple and if they have children, for their whole family. Each attorney helps their client understand and navigate the legal issues in the process; the financial professional assists the clients in developing a post-divorce budget and the gathering, analyzing and division of assets and liabilities; and the communications coach assists the parents in developing a parenting plan and facilitates the meetings and the negotiations. During the collaborative divorce process, the parties agree not to go to court and to provide all information that is necessary to settle the case. Once a settlement is reached, the attorneys draft an “Agreed Decree of Divorce” which is presented to the court in a very short hearing.
The cost of a divorce using the collaborative process can be controlled by the parties. Both parties learn what tasks need to be done in the case, the cost of doing those tasks, and they share the cost of doing that action if it is decided to go forward with the action. This gives the parties information before starting an action in their divorce that could be costly and yield little benefit to either or overlooks a less expensive alternative.
A collaborative divorce may be an option for you if you and your spouse are concerned about the impact of the divorce on the children of the family, want to maintain a low profile during the divorce, or need to have control over the time and place of your divorce. A significant benefit of a collaborative divorce is that it is a less adversarial process. Unlike a litigated divorce, there is not a discovery process and the parties do not have to appear in court hearings to discuss temporary orders or argue their cases. Should the collaborative process not succeed, the parties can litigate the divorce, but the collaborative process is, in many cases, a less stressful option for the spouses and any children. David Bouschor is experienced in both the collaborative process and the litigation process and can help you decide which is best for your situation. Additionally, the collaborative process can give each spouse time to reflect on what he or she hopes to accomplish, with the advice of the experts involved, without the pressure to come to an immediate agreement.
Call David Bouschor at (940) 323-1300 or visit www.dsblegal.com for more information about the collaborative divorce process.
No matter what path you choose, having an attorney in your corner will make the process quicker and easier, essentially saving you time and money. The Law Offices of David Bouschor’s experience with litigated divorce, collaborative divorce and the kitchen table divorce is well rounded and deep, and David Bouschor is adept at acting as everything from a consultant to a litigation attorney who will guide you through each step in the divorce process.
Divorce is a difficult time for you, your spouse and your family – call David Bouschor at (940) 323-1300 or visit www.dsblegal.com to get your consultation today and take some of the burdens off your shoulders.