A growing number of couples are opting to forgo the court room when their marriages break up. Rather than litigate they try to collaborate in a process that avoids public testimony, utilizes mental health experts, and tries to take "winning" out of the equation.
It's called collaborative divorce and it has been in Texas since 2001, but proving popular Texas' 82nd legislature built up the statute to accommodate the many people turning to the strategy.
We talk to two collaborative law attorneys about their work on divorce as the Advanced Family Law Conference goes on downtown this week.
- Julian Schwartz, partner at Bashara & Schwartz specializing in family and collaborative law
- Kim Munsinger, partner at Munsinger & Munsinger. She recently edited the book "Collaborative Law: Start to Finish"