Collaborative family law in Texas is designed to facilitate peaceable management of disputes in divorce situations. Using a voluntary settlement process, couples may be able to arrive at mutually agreeable terms without the need for adjudication by the court system. A collaborative process begins with the parties involved signing a collaborative participation agreement that states their intent to seek resolutions by this method.
A collaborative family law agreement should clearly describe the matter under consideration, identifying each party's lawyer to be involved in the process. Provisions should be made to suspend court activity while the collaborative process is active.