Collaborative Divorce Serving Families Throughout McKinney, TX & Surrounding Areas

McKinney Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Out-of-Court Solutions for Divorce in Collin, Denton, & Dallas Counties, TX

It’s common knowledge that divorce is often stressful and highly emotional. Many decisions about your life and future will involve your children, finances, property and assets, and other details. The impact of these decisions can be long-lasting and life changing. 

Most people associate divorce with court litigation, especially over child custody and the division of marital property and debt. These can be contentious matters, but they don’t have to become a war zone. An alternative route exists to the traditional court process. This alternative is collaborative divorce, a method Petitt Family Law has offered and successfully used for years. 

This is a process where you and your spouse and your respective lawyers work together to reach a mutually beneficial agreement outside of court, in a private space, on your schedule instead of a court’s. The primary objective is to minimize conflict and promote respectful communication, making it easier for everyone involved, especially for children who might be affected. 

Want to learn more? Contact us online or at (469) 716-6893 to schedule a consultation with our McKinney collaborative divorce attorney. 

Overview of the Collaborative Divorce Process

In a collaborative divorce, couples agree to negotiate in good faith, share information honestly, and work towards a fair settlement, considering all family members’ welfare. Every party has a voice, and every concern is considered. The lawyers representing each party must also adhere to specific guidelines prioritizing collaboration over confrontation.

Couples and lawyers sign a "no court" agreement during this process. This agreement means that if the collaborative process does not result in a settlement, the lawyers will withdraw from the case, and the couple will be required to hire new representation for court litigation. This stipulation motivates everyone to commit fully to finding a resolution within the collaborative process.

The process can include outside experts giving you critical information needed to come to settlement terms. These experts can include child specialists, tax consultants, accountants, appraisers, business valuation professionals, and others as needed. 

While the process is conducted outside of court, you still benefit from legal representation. Your lawyer will not engage in hostile behavior towards the other side. Their role is to protect your rights and interests while seeking optimum ways to resolve all issues fairly and equitably. 

The success of the process depends on the commitment of both parties. If the process fails, you and your spouse must proceed through court litigation, starting the cycle anew with a different attorneys. 

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce has many benefits over traditional litigation.

These include:

  • Avoiding adversarial court battles reduces the emotional pain, heartache, and high stress associated with divorce. 
  • Reduces the time and expense of divorce because it is independent of the court process.
  • Provides more privacy as it involves only the marital partners and their lawyers and is not achieved in the public arena of the family court.
  • Generally, shields children from the stress of divorce because it does not involve aggressive courtroom trial behavior.
  • Fosters a more harmonious post-divorce relationship between parties, which is particularly beneficial when children must be co-parented. 
  • Allow customized solutions catering to your family's unique needs and circumstances.
  • Allows you and the other party to remain in control of crucial decisions instead of being subjected to the dictates of a judge.
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