Whether you are entering a marriage or see yourself heading toward divorce, you need a plan.
If you are getting married but are worried about how best to protect the assets you already have or the assets you expect to have, we can help you understand your rights and obligations, and develop a plan to protect those assets.
If you are contemplating marriage but want to discuss a pre-nuptial or pre-marital agreement, we can meet with you to ensure you understand your options, rights, and responsibilities before preparing or signing such an agreement. We do not draft premarital or pre-nuptial agreements, but we can meet with you to review these documents and put together a strategy. We can also talk to you about common questions you may have, including:
- Am I waiving my rights to support?
- Is the property division fair?
- What if I want to change some terms after the documents are signed?
If you think a divorce may be inevitable, we can help you plan and put together an exit strategy that puts you in the best possible position before you file for divorce. Developing a strategy for the divorce process is as important as finding the right attorney to assist you in making sure your rights are protected. There are a number of questions you may have to consider before you file for divorce, including:
- How do I tell my children?
- How much will I have to pay or how much will I receive for child support and spousal support?
- How will the divorce affect my health insurance?
- What do I do about joint bank accounts, joint credits, and life insurance policies?
- How can I make sure all assets are identified and what information can I gather beforehand to make this easier?
- What are the tax implications of filing for divorce?
- What is the best way to go forward with the divorce?
- What is the difference between mediation, a collaborative approach, and a traditional divorce with attorneys?
- Do I need an attorney?
How to Prepare for Your First Meeting
Planning for a divorce and planning for marriage require similar documents and approaches. Below is a simple outline for what you should bring to make the first meeting as productive as possible.
- Make a list of specific concerns you have so we can address them
- bring a copy of any agreements you and your spouse, or soon-to-be spouse have made
- bring a list or documents showing any assets of concern to you or your spouse
- an idea of your income and your spouse/soon-to-be spouse’s income