As a practicing family law attorney, parties were going broke paying for attorneys. As a result, I found an alternative to divorce litigation for my clients. Below are three options to consider.
Do it yourself is either finding forms online or it hiring an attorney who will draft your paperwork and provide instructions. If you want to prepare your own forms go to https://texaslawhelp.org/family-divorce-children/divorce. As you go through the forms, it may become daunting and you want to hire an attorney for this purpose. You can visit my website at http://welshlawmediation.com/litigation/diy-divorce/. The benefit of hiring an attorney is you get their legal experience to ensure that everything is drafted correctly without incurring the extra expense of litigation.
Another alternative to divorce litigation Collaborative Divorce. In this process you have a series of meetings with your attorneys and other professionals to help resolve your disputes. Each party is required to hire an attorney in this process and will need to sign an agreement to proceed collaboratively. Both parties commit to producing any documentation necessary to work through the divorce. While this process generally works, in the event it does not, each party will need to hire new attorneys to proceed with a litigation based divorce.
When parties agree to attend mediation before filing for divorce, they try to resolve issues which lowers costs. The mediator meets with each party and listens their side of the case. The mediator works through the various issues to settle their disputes. Each party will bring any information necessary including financial accounts, income information, list of debts, list of all property, supporting documentation for child custody, etc. After the case settles in mediation, then the parties can proceed with a Do It Yourself divorce to finalize. If the case does not settle in mediation, you have met the mediation requirement for proceeding with a litigation divorce.