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Fort Worth Collaborative Law Attorneys

Choose Collaborative Law for a Private and Amicable Divorce

The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, offers a broad range of family law and divorce services for our clients in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and Southlake. We have helped thousands of couples reach a mutually beneficial agreement outside of court or in litigation. Since 2001, Texas offers a specific path to divorce that allows your marriage dissolution to remain private. This approach is Collaborative Law and is different from mediation since it does not involve a neutral third party.

If you and your spouse opt for a Collaborative Divorce, you and your respective attorneys work together as a team to settle on all matters about your permanent split. Our team has received specific training to handle this type of divorce case and we use an “interest-based negotiation,” which allows you to communicate their needs and goals to reach an agreement that benefits you and any children you may share.

Are you considering a divorce under Collaborative Law in Fort Worth? Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, today at (817) 497-8148 to schedule an appointment. Se Habla Español.

How Can We Expect During a Collaborative Law Divorce in Texas?

If you and your spouse agree on entering a divorce under Collaborative Law, you need to notify the court. In turn, a judge usually does not interfere with the process during the allotted time. You usually meet with your lawyer separately to prepare for the Collaborative Divorce appointments or to review the most recent one. This can help us adjust our strategy and continuously make sure that we protect your rights and assets.

A Collaborative divorce usually involves a series of in-person meetings with both parties and their lawyers. Additional experts such as a mental health provider and a financial professional may be present. We work with you to determine how often the meetings happen. You can generally expect each session to last about two hours. Many couples settle on all matters after four to six meetings.

You can address all common divorce matters under Collaborative Law, including:

When you choose a divorce under Collaborative Law, all parties involved strive to respectfully resolve all issues. This can lead to a more peaceful co-parenting approach once a judge finalizes your divorce.

Helping You During a Collaborative Law Divorce in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, or Southlake

No matter what type of divorce path you choose to pursue, our attorneys can advocate for your rights and walk you through each step of the process to ensure you reach your goals. We tailor our strategy to your specific needs and our thorough understanding of Texas law, including Collaborative Divorce, allows us to find creative solutions to support your family.

A divorce under Collaborative Law offers you confidentiality to discuss your goals in detail and negotiate confidently with your spouse. Finding an agreement amicably is an effective option for both parties involved, especially if you have children. A peaceful divorce gives a positive image to your children and can help them transition to your post-divorce life more smoothly.

By providing structure and helping communication between you and your spouse, we can help your divorce be time and cost-effective. Avoiding litigation can significantly minimize your legal fees and a Collaborative Divorce usually takes less time than a trial.

Since this type of divorce does not require going to court, scheduling the required meetings can be more convenient as you can decide on the time and place according to your and your spouse’s needs, rather than having to abide by a court=appointed date.

If you are considering a Collaborative Divorce, we recommend that you reach out to us so we can review your situation and get a clear understanding of what your needs and goals are.

Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, today at (817) 497-8148 to learn more about our Collaborative Divorce services in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and Southlake. Se Habla Español.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Konnor N. Lee
  • Laura E. Richardson
  • Melissa S. Mozingo
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Kristie M. Falbo
  • Rick J. Mitchell
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Honors & Awards Top Young Lawyers in Texas Tarrant County's Top Attorney's Top Attorneys – Fort Worth Magazine - 2008 TO ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Managing Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Senior Litigator

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Konnor N. Lee Konnor N. Lee

    Supervising Attorney

    Konnor Lee was raised in Arlington, TX and attended the University of Arkansas , where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ...
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  • Laura E. Richardson Laura E. Richardson

    Lead Litigator

    Raised in Westchester County, New York, by two corporate attorneys, attending law school after graduating from Dartmouth was ...
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  • Melissa S. Mozingo Melissa S. Mozingo

    Lead Litigator

    After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Melissa graduated from the ...
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  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson

    Senior Paralegal

    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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  • Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo

    Lead Litigator

    Associate Attorney Kristie M. Falbo is a Houston native who worked as a prosecutor for nine years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ...
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  • Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell

    Senior Litigator

    Rick Mitchell graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2001, where he was a two-time member of the Dean’s ...

Why Choose Us for Your Family Matters?

  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparency

    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.

  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach

    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.

  • Top Attorney Award winner at
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Award
  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Three Best Rated
  • Top Attorneys
  • 360 West Top Attorneys
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Expertise 2020
  • Fort Worth Texas City Magazine - Top Attorneys
  • Rated by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Top 100 Attorney 2021 - Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Top 10 Business - Thervo
  • Client Champion 2020- Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Attorneys 2020 Rated by Fort Worth Magazine
  • Top Attorneys 2020 - Rated by 360 West Magazine
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth- Expertise 2021