Collaborative Law

A revolutionary new process is emerging that helps keep the family, as well as the most intimate details of many private matters, out of the courtroom. This process, known as Collaborative Law, helps to provide for the utmost discretion during a divorce. Lewis, Passons & Darnell, P.C. is helping to lead the way for collaborative law, advocating for its use when practical and possible.

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals developed Collaborative Law concepts in the 1980s, and the practice began in the State of Texas in 2000. This process affords couples facing divorce several distinct advantages over other methods of divorce:

  • Collaborative law helps families come to their own agreement on the fair division of personal and business assets, without drawn-out litigation draining those assets.
  • It minimizes hostile communication, which helps avoid damage to the already-fragile family relationships. This leads to a more positive foundation when restructuring the family connections post-divorce.
  • Collaborative law often concludes cases much more quickly and efficiently than a court case, which reduces the impact divorce can have on your personal and work life.

Even though the marriage is ending, the relationships and obligations from that marriage can often continue for a lifetime, something that collaborative law recognizes and fosters. This process allows partners to make agreements in line with each partner’s mutual and individual goals in view, helping the family work towards a positive future free of past conflicts.

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