Denton Divorce Attorneys
A Creative and Practical Approach With Collaborative Divorce
Loveless & Loveless is an advocate for the use of the Collaborative Divorce Method in Family Law. Loveless & Loveless is a member of The Denton County Collaborative Professionals.
Collaborative Divorce is a form of dispute resolution which removes the “win at all costs” approach from divorce. In this process, parties and their attorneys contractually agree at the outset to settle their disputes without going to court. Spouses avoid lengthy-and costly-“discovery” by agreeing to disclose and exchange all information required to make sensible and fair decisions.
The result: A less emotionally destructive, more dignified divorce that, in some cases, can be less expensive than a litigated divorce.
The difference between litigation and a collaborative divorce lies not only in the outcome, but in what happens along the way.
- Husbands and wives, assisted by trained attorneys and professionals, work toward solutions. All parties start with the desire to minimize antagonism and reach a settlement.
- A structured and controlled setting encourages trust and objectivity in the negotiations
- Legal costs can be contained.
- All parties seek to protect children’s feelings and interests.
- Since there are no public hearings, confidentiality is more easily maintained.
- Attorneys and spouses have the flexibility to craft more creative property and custodial arrangements.
- Negotiations occur in an environment and on a timetable agreed upon by the parties.
- Agreements can be reached more efficiently.
- Parties agree to settle at the outset, in a process conducive to helping them heal and move forward.
- A “win at all cost” legal system pits lawyer against lawyer, husband against wife.
- Continuing conflict aggravates existing painful emotions.
- Legal costs soar
- As the conflict escalates, children may suffer.
- Confidential financial and personal matters become public record and open to scrutiny.
- Judges divide property and establish custodial provisions using standards that may not meet families’ particular needs.
- Negotiations all too often take place in crowded courthouses under intense pressure.
- Proceedings may be prolonged.
- Most of all cases settle — but only after the damage has been done and substantial costs have been incurred.