Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Convening in Fort Worth March 25-27, to Guide Lawyers Helping Divorcing Couples Avoid the Courtroom

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More than 50 presenters will discuss the latest trends in collaborative family law at the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas's conference on March 25-27 in Fort Worth. The conference is designed for professionals who work or are interested in working in collaborative law, a process by which divorcing couples and their lawyers avoid the courtroom in negotiating settlements.

The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, a statewide organization that promotes collaborative family law as an alternative to the traditional litigation approach to family law disputes, will co-sponsor with the State Bar of Texas, a conference for approximately 200 participants on March 25-27 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa, 1701 Commerce Street in Fort Worth.

The conference, titled "Collaborative Professionals: The Great Communicators," will feature more than 50 presenters from throughout Texas and across the nation, discussing the latest developments in collaborative family law. According to Collaborative Law Institute of Texas President Kevin Fuller, collaborative law is gaining popularity across Texas as well as across the nation, and the Collaborative Law Institute seeks to continue to educate and inform the public about this family friendly and business friendly alternative to traditional divorce.

"For couples contemplating divorce, collaborative law is an alternative that often proves more beneficial and less damaging for both of the parties, their children and their property," Fuller noted. "Collaborative law can be especially helpful to parents who wish to ease the children's transition through a divorce into their new living situations."

Collaborative Law is a solution-oriented alternative to traditional divorce. Instead of focusing on assessing blame for problems, the parties and the professionals representing them focus on finding solutions to problems that best fit the competing and shared needs and interests of the parties and their children.

Collaborative Law helps families settle a divorce cases without going to court. The Collaborative Law approach offers couples facing divorce the following advantages:

  • Helps families divide their wealth/business without destroying it
  • Restructures a family after a divorce without destroying the family
  • Develops creative solutions to potentially expand the pie that is being divided verses destroying the pie
  • Provides divorcing couples with a more family and business friendly way to divorce
  • Is a less destructive way to divorce

The conference will include a day of workshops and panels on Wednesday, March 25 for professionals who wish to learn the basics of collaborative law, followed by the March 26 and 27 conference involving workshops and panels on a range of issues related to collaborative law practice, including case studies, strategies, perspectives on collaborative law from the legal community, and even the impact of social media on shaping public understanding of collaborative law.

The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas is an organization of family lawyers, mental health professionals and financial professionals serving divorcing clients throughout all Texas counties and in Texas's major metropolitan areas, including Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio.

Fuller and other collaborative law professionals will be available for interview throughout the conference; please contact Phil West at 512.769.3838 to schedule. More information on Collaborative Law Institute of Texas is available at http://www.collablawtexas.org.

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