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In Texas, many lawyers and law firms say they practice collaborative law without really having invested in acquiring the skills necessary to be an effective collaborative attorney. Our divorce attorneys have acquired and put those mediation skills to the test.

Hargrave Family Law’s founding attorney, Jennifer Hargrave, is committed to the collaborative process and believes that with the right team, it can be a preferred option for many families facing divorce. 

Jennifer Hargrave, and her entire team, are continuing students of collaborative negotiation skills. This includes attending ongoing in-depth and extended training. Jennifer has also been called upon to teach at collaborative conferences such as the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Divorce Texas events, and other civil collaborative law trainings. She was also a contributing author to the leading book on collaborative divorce in Texas, Collaborative Law – Start to Finish, published by the State Bar of Texas.

The collaborative divorce turns away from the adverse nature of traditional proceedings and recognizes parties who want to leave the marriage with as little conflict as possible. The team at Hargrave Family Law has extensive training in the collaborative process, and we truly believe that it’s an innovative way for couples to leave a marriage without becoming overly combative. It helps partners, parents, and couples of all types find quality solutions in child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support. 


When you and your ex-partner agree to participate in collaborative divorce, you pledge to be open and honest in your negotiations. The focus is on finding solutions, rather than bringing up the problems of the past. The emphasize is negotiating in good faith and striving to find agreements that do not require court intervention. 

Collaborative divorce is designed to protect both parties. The information you share during collaboration cannot be used in court if either party decides to terminate the collaborative process and go through the litigation process.  In fact, if the parties are unable to reach a resolution in the collaborative process, they will need to terminate their lawyers and hire new counsel to represent them in the litigation process. 

This “collaborative commitment” ensures that everyone is working towards the best resolution, while also protecting clients in the legal separation process.

Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

This collaborative divorce option often leads to mutually beneficial solutions in a more efficient manner than conventional divorce proceedings. For couples divorcing who have children at home, this process can be especially beneficial.  Using the collaborative divorce process allows parents the opportunity to maintain a respectful and family-focused co-parenting relationship throughout the divorce process. This also lays the groundwork for a meaningful and productive co-parenting journey after the proceedings are concluded.

The collaborative option is also an excellent route for couples with significant assets. Our team values preserving your privacy and allowing the financial consultant on the team to work with you in properly assessing and formulating a mutually agreeable division of marital property.

With the guidance of our collaborative divorce attorneys by your side you can work towards resolving your divorce proactively. This can help you establish a constructive relationship with your former partner. Many people find this gives them the tools to resolve conflict and allows you to co-parent in the future in a way that is best for your family.

Get in touch with our collaborative divorce Dallas lawyers

If you are considering collaboration for your divorce, let’s talk about your options. Reach out to us at 214-420-0100 to get started.