- Property Division
- Disposition of Retirement Funds
- Pre-Marital Assets
- Spousal Support
Before (or shortly after) saying “I do,” couples might find it difficult to discuss individual financial concerns, needs and expectations. Mediation can take the sting out of the prenuptial agreement negotiation. Couples discuss the terms together with the help of a neutral intermediary. The result is a favorable agreement for both sides without emotional scars that can damage a marriage before it begins. One more thing: peace of mind. Once the prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is out of the way, you can get on with what is most important: your marital relationship.
How Does Prenuptial Mediation Work?
For some couples, it can be difficult to mediate a prenup or postnup while in the same room together. In such cases, caucusing might work better. With caucusing, the two parties are in separate rooms, and the mediator goes back and forth between them to discuss the issues individually as they move closer to an agreement. Caucusing can be helpful in prenuptial mediation, because it gives each party an opportunity to fully express their concerns without alienating the other party.
After a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement has been mediated, it should be drafted and reviewed by an attorney before it is finalized. This helps minimize the risk that the agreement could later be challenged and deemed legally unenforceable.
Who Can Benefit from Prenuptial Mediation?
For example, if this is a second marriage and/or the couple is bringing in children from prior relationships, a prenuptial agreement can help ensure that the children within a blended family are provided for in the event of a worst-case scenario. Prenups might also be initiated by the parents of one of the parties if the family happens to be well-off in order to protect their assets.
We have seen most issues that come up in prenuptial or postnuptial agreement negotiation, and we have helped many couples work out these (often delicate) issues amicably and without permanent damage to their relationship. For further information regarding prenuptial mediation, contact us today at
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