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Does a high-asset divorce in Fort Worth have to be contentious?

Media sources make it seem like the more investments a couple has, the bigger the business is that they share together or the larger the real estate acreage, the more contentious a divorce battle is going to be. The truth is that the word “adversarial” in adversarial divorce doesn’t mean that couples are required to fight until one party has won.

The adversarial divorce process simply involves one in which the couples don’t agree on all of the terms of divorce. This may mean that one spouse believes alimony is necessary and the other disagrees. The adversarial process isn’t the only process available to finalize a high net worth divorce in Texas.

Having more assets only means that more details may need to be worked out, which is why a divorce attorney is so important to have throughout the process. Couples that may have a complex estate can still work together in a collaborative divorce process. In fact, the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas recently concluded its annual conference in Dallas.

Individuals in the Metroplex may choose the collaborative divorce process for a number of reasons. In some cases, the pair may want to simply set the stage for working together because they fear that an adversarial divorce may lead to more fighting.

In other cases, the parties involved may be thinking with their parental hats on instead of their spousal ones. They may seek a collaborative divorce in order to make the life adjustment the easiest that is possible on the kids. In other cases, couples simply enjoy having objective support from a neutral in order to keep emotions a little more settled.

Whatever the reason, the motivation or the desired process, couples in Fort Worth really should consult with a divorce attorney as soon as possible, even if it is just about obtaining a thorough -- and accurate -- explanation about all of their options.

Source: KERA News, “Three Reasons People Choose Collaborative Divorce,” Stephen Becker, March 20, 2014

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