November 10, 2017 Frisco & McKinney Collaborative Family Law Assuming that you are a parent approaching divorce, what do you want your family to look like in five, ten or twenty years? Do you hope for a civil and caring life for your children through all stages of life to come — a life of loving celebrations ahead such as baptisms, graduations and grown children’s weddings where you and your soon-to-be former spouse can put family first? Or if there are no children in your marriage, do you want to move on to the next phase of your life believing you and your about-to-be ex-husband or ex-wife crafted your own financial destinies? Through collaborative law, you can stay in charge of your own divorce. Lawyers, mental health professionals, and families understand the long-term effects of an acrimonious divorce – financial stress, behavioral problems in children, mental health, and future relationship difficulties. Litigation places you and your child’s future in the hands of a complete stranger – the judge. Through collaborative law, on the other hand, divorcing parties can keep control of the process in determining their future in these areas: Spousal support, when appropriate Child custody, where applicable Child support Property division Collaborative law is not necessarily a shortcut or a bargain. It is, rather, a different framework reflecting a different mindset. The focus of the collaborative family law process is preserving the interests of all parties involved. As a collaborative law participant, you keep control of the process, maintain privacy and seek creative solutions that may be as unique as your family. Reasonable analysis by reasonable people under reasonable circumstances feels much more humane to many people than a traditional courtroom divorce. Contact Texas Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Sharon Ramage As a dedicated and experienced McKinney collaborative family law lawyer, Sharon Ramage is prepared to advise and assist you through a reasonable process leading to a fair and cost-effective divorce. We would be pleased to explain to you how we may go about incorporating expert advice from other professionals during a collaborative divorce. Financial and mental health professionals may assist you and your former spouse as neutral advisors through a team effort. Devise a parenting plan and an asset division agreement of your own design. Make educated choices as you negotiate your future post-divorce through collaborative law methods. Contact attorney Sharon Ramage for more information on collaborative law and its application to your Texas divorce.