Esther Donald Recognized for Excellence by Collaborative Divorce Texas (VIDEO)

Collaborative Divorce Texas has recognized GoransonBain Ausley Dallas Partner and Family Lawyer Esther Donald as a Credentialed Collaborative Divorce Professional. Donald was honored at the annual State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Course on March 5th. The achievement of this designation demonstrates a commitment to the high standards of collaborative practice.

What’s better about Collaborative Divorce?

In this video, Esther talks about what it means to her to be credentialed in Collaborative Divorce and provides insight into the benefits of Collaborative Divorce in Texas. She explains how a Collaborative Divorce allows clients to divorce in a dignified and respectful manner and maintain control of decision-making, expenses, and the timeline of their divorce.

To be recognized as a Credentialed Collaborative Divorce Professional requires a professional to have satisfied rigorous education and training standards, demonstrated substantial case experience, and passed a confidential peer reference process.

“I am honored to become a Credentialed Collaborative Divorce Professional,” said Donald. “The Collaborative Divorce process is a better way to handle most divorces. When divorce is inevitable, this is the process that I recommend to my clients.”  The Collaborative Divorce process gives couples the opportunity to confidentially create their own customized divorce, focusing on protecting their families and preserving their resources and assets through solutions-oriented interest-based negotiation.

Donald is a recognized leader in the collaborative community, having served as the chairperson for the Dallas Bar Association’s Collaborative Law Section and currently serves as the chair for the 15th Annual Collaborative Course in Spring 2022. She has been named a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2021 and selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, 2016-2021.

Collaborative Divorce Texas is a non-profit organization that provides its members with training, education and resources dedicated to helping families navigate divorce using an alternative to litigation. For more information about Collaborative Divorce Texas, go to

To learn more about the benefits of Collaborative Divorce, please contact Esther Donald.

Hi, I’m Esther Donald, a Collaborative Divorce lawyer at GoransonBain Ausley in Dallas and Plano Texas. I’m excited to have recently been recognized as a credentialed collaborative divorce professional. This distinction which was granted by Collaborative Divorce Texas excites me not because of my own achievement, but because of what it means for my clients.

The collaborative divorce process allows my clients to divorce in a way that is dignified and respectful, private and confidential, and puts all the important decision making about their children and their finances into their own hands with the guidance of collaboratively trained lawyers and neutral mental health professionals and financial professionals. A collaborative divorce is the only process that does this. It’s an alternative dispute resolution process that allows clients to divorce differently. If you’re facing a divorce. It allows you to keep your divorce in your own hands to minimize the conflict to control the expense of your divorce, to control the timeline of your divorce and to keep it out of the courthouse where it may become much more public and much bigger and more contentious than you ever wanted or expected.

In order to become credentialed, Collaborative Divorce Texas requires that divorce lawyers, like myself have an extraordinary amount of education and training and have rigorous and positive peer reviews. And that we have a considerable amount and depth of experience in handling collaborative divorces for our clients. I worked very hard for this distinction. I believe it offers my clients something special something extra and allows me to serve them in a way that is focused completely on their family , on their needs , and on their goals.

I’m very grateful that my firm GoransonBain Ausley supported me in striving for this credentialing and very grateful to Collaborative Divorce Texas for the credential and I encourage anyone who is seeking a divorce and considering collaborative divorce to jump onto the Collaborative Divorce Texas website or our website www.GBAfamily and explore how a credentialed collaborative divorce lawyer can help you achieve your divorce goals.

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