No, you can’t represent yourself in a collaborative divorce in Texas.

Collaborative law is a voluntary process that requires a written agreement of parties and their lawyers.  A party cannot participate unless represented by a lawyer.  There is no judical intervention (except the memorialized agreements).  The court process is suspended.  The collaborative lawyers may not serve as litigation counsel in the matter. They must withdraw if a settlement is not reached.

In 2001, Texas became the 1st state in the U.S. to pass statutes specifically authorizing collaborative law.  The Texas Family Code has 2 mirroring statutes which are §6.603 and §153.0072.  Section 6.603 was enacted to address collaborative law in divorce actions while Section 153.002 covers all suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

To reach The Law Office of Shannon M. Sears, P.C., please call 817-442-9880  or  214-709-3409

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