Press Release: Divorce Cases Expected to Increase as Shelter in Place Orders Lifted in Texas

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2020

Contacts: List below

Divorce Cases Expected to Increase as Shelter in Place Orders Lifted in Texas

**Available for Interview**

As the shelter in place orders are lifted in Texas, there is expected to be a significant increase in divorce filings.  The expected increase in divorce filings is based on trends in other countries after stay at home orders were relaxed.  The problem for many couples is that while stay at home orders have been lifted, courts in Texas will remain largely closed until at least June 1.  When the courts re-open, the backlog of cases postponed by the coronavirus crisis will take precedent. As a result, except for emergency hearings, access to the courts for new cases will be limited.

Collaborative Divorce is an option available to divorcing couples that avoids the need to go to court.  Court closures are not an issue as Collaborative Divorce is a longstanding alternative to the hostility and dysfunction typically experienced in courtrooms.

“Divorce professionals have known for a long time that going to court to resolve a divorce is often more destructive than finding a way to work through the questions that need to be decided in ending the marriage” said Collaborative Divorce Texas President Suzanne Blake. “The backlog of cases will make the Collaborative Divorce process the best way for most couples to move their case forward.”

Collaborative Divorce Highlights:

  • Avoids the need to go to court
  • Creates a unique action plan that addresses child custody and visitation arrangements, finances and more
  • Is a private and confidential process
  • Relies on a team of experienced attorneys, mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial experts to advise the parties

The Collaborative Divorce process will allow divorcing couples to proceed without a rigorous court battle.  Divorces will be delayed even further by the limitations in the court system with no clear indication of how long it will take to finish the case.  

Collaborative Divorce Texas is a not for profit organization representing collaborative professionals including attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals throughout Texas.  One of the goals of the organization is to help educate the public about the benefits of the Collaborative Divorce process.

Contacts Available for Interview on this Topic

Austin - Amy Lambert - 512.921.0355 amy@fmltlaw.com
San Antonio – Michael Gayler - 210-495-5180 www.mlgayler.com
West Texas - Cindi Graham 806-316-0616 - Cindi@grahamfamlaw.com
Dallas-Fort Worth - Carol Mapp - 817-483-0020 - carol@integratedhealthworks.com
Craig Haston – Houston - (281) 890-1300 CHaston@hastonlaw.com