Collaborative Law

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. 


The Opinions That Matter Most

  • My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice.

    “Value a capable team with experienced staff. For the past 9 months, the folks at the Law Offices of Mark Childress handled my case with class and empathy. My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice. I felt like I was kept in the loop and always briefed properly. As I move forward with other ventures I wouldn't be surprised if we crossed paths again. And hats off to Konner, THANK YOU!”

  • Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client.

    “I needed an attorney who would stand up for me and my child during a very hard time. Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client. He was very knowledgeable not only about the law but about the opposing attorney and the judge. He prepared me well and we won our case. I would recommend Mark Childress to anyone who is fighting for custody or in need of child support.”

  • I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care.

    “I called in inquiring about a divorce and how it all happens. I had 2 people call me back within an hour and in an hour maybe 2 I was talking with the lawyer. I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care. Divorce is the hardest thing we will go through minus losing a kid and his team will be retained. He even called me back himself the next day to see how I was. Great service.”

  • This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years.

    “This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years. He had my case figured out in 1short conversation and had what he called "a convoluted mess" fixed. I'm pretty sure my ex felt like he'd been hit by a bus. My family is finally in tact and everyone is finally happy.”

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.