Collaborative Law


The emotional impact of a divorce can be as bad as a death. In effect, it is the death of your dreams. The Collaborative law process allows you to maintain control over all the decisions that are made during your divorce and may be an option for you if:

  • making the decision to terminate your marriage has taken an emotional toll, but you still have your dignity and self-respect;
  • your values dictate that you remain friends with your spouse
  • you want to get along with your spouse for the sake of the children;

Over 35 years of practicing law, including over a decade of collaborative law practice, have made clear the fact that brilliant people working together can find a way not to fight a war. While the death of our dreams can be devastating, it doesn’t have to be the death of our hope. Working collaboratively brings out the best in all of us.

Collaborative law is a process designed to maintain your dignity, self-esteem, and privacy, and to maintain one of the most important relationships in your life – the relationship between your children and their mother or father.

Without any doubt, children suffer the most in a divorce. It isn’t just their dreams that die. Life as they have known it is over. You may know that everything is going to be all right, but as dysfunctional as your marriage may have been, it was all your children have ever known. They almost always feel responsible. Their self-esteem is often affected. Parents cannot engage in a protracted, bitter fight without affecting their children. Even the children of very functional adults are impacted by a divorce.

Work Together. Through the collaborative law process, the parties, their lawyers, and neutral professionals work together to make the decisions that reflect the values of the parties. By working together, clients are able to maintain control of their case. No lawyer or judge will force any decision upon you. You maintain your privacy, your dignity and control of your destiny.

Expense. Children and dignity aside, litigation is always expensive. The more fear-filled or vitriolic the litigation, the more it consumes your time and your money. The more litigation costs, the more fearful and angry you become. Litigation is a vicious cycle that tends to continue even after the divorce is over. However, if you establish a pattern of working together, that cycle of cooperation also tends to continue after the divorce. Sometimes it takes outside help to start that cycle of cooperation. The collaborative law process can be the perfect vehicle to get the rest of your life off on the right track.

Show respect for you and your spouse. If you abhor the thought of litigation careening out of control and consuming your time and assets, or if you shudder at the thought of people who do not share or understand your values affecting the destiny of your children, you may want to consider the collaborative law process. Collaborative law clarifies your values and creatively seeks resolutions that reflect those values. Collaborative law seeks to preserve and strengthen both parents’ relationship with the children.

Collaborative law is not for everyone; but it may be for you. To know more about the benefits of collaborative law, ask Dennis Fuller. In his decades of litigating cases, Dennis has seen the negative effect litigation has on some people. He knows that collaborative law can help create healthier families and builds a positive structure to help broken families heal themselves.

In Collaborative Divorce:

  • You and your partner each have a specially trained lawyer working at your side, helping you to make wise decisions that focus on the future.
  • You, your partner, and your collaborative lawyers share information freely, explore creative options, and work face to face to reach workable solutions that satisfy both partners.
  • Your values and priorities are as important as the law in reaching customized solutions.
  • The children’s interests remain a priority.
  • There is no place for threats or legal hardball.
  • Collaborative lawyers have only one job: helping you and your partner create the best possible agreements, tailored to your unique needs.

Choosing lawyers who trust and respect one another and who can work with you collaboratively increases the odds that you will have a civilized, respectful divorce. Dennis Fuller is committed to working this way with his clients.

The Law Office of Dennis Fuller is located in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Fuller provides quality family law representation to his clients in all areas of North Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, McKinney, Frisco, Richardson, Addison, Plano, and throughout Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant Counties. To speak with Dennis Fuller about your legal concerns, contact us at 972-852-8500 to schedule an appointment today.