Begin Your Marriage on the Right Foot
While a prenuptial agreement can help you enter into your marriage with a feeling of security and comfort, it can often cause more stress than not. For many couples, the process of creating a prenup can even strain the relationship. No couple wants to start their marriage with feelings of animosity. This is exactly why our team at The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt offers premarital mediation.
At our Arlington, TX, firm, Donna Smiedt and her team can guide you through every step of the process. We will work with you and your spouse to create a fair agreement in a friendly environment. If you are considering drafting a prenup, contact our firm online or call (817) 572-9900 to learn more about premarital mediation today.
The Benefits of Choosing Mediation
Traditional prenuptial agreements are designed to protect the party with more money and assets. Consequently, when you ask a lawyer for a prenup, they will often create a restrictive document, even if it does not reflect your feelings about entering the marriage. Sending an agreement to your future spouse that asks them to put themselves at a severe financial disadvantage can result in hurt feelings and jeopardize the stability of your upcoming marriage.
This process sets a positive standard of communication and collaboration that you can carry with you as you begin your lives together.
With premarital mediation, you and your future partner have the opportunity to openly discuss the particulars of your relationship in a safe, comfortable environment. Instead of dealing with potentially ugly negotiations between competing attorneys, you can work together with your future spouse. This process sets an early, positive standard of communication and collaboration that you can carry with you as you begin your lives together.
How Premarital Mediation Works
Mediation involves one or more sessions during which you and your future partner sit down with a member of our team. During each session, you can discuss:
- Current and future assets
- Financial expectations
- Spousal support
- Marital property and debt
- Tax issues
- Other marital expectations, such as child rearing
The attorney acting as a mediator can guide your discussion and work with you to come up with fair and mutually acceptable solutions. It may take several sessions to finish crafting your premarital agreement.
Once you and your partner are satisfied with the results, our team can draft an official version of your agreement. You will need to have a judge approve this agreement. The court will want to ensure that both parties are entering into the agreement willingly and that neither individual is being treated unfairly.
What to Bring to Your First Session
Preparing for your first premarital mediation session can help the process run more smoothly and even reduce the number of sessions you need to complete your agreement.
We recommend bringing:
- Your pay stubs from the last three to six months
- Your tax returns from the last two years
- Credit card statements
- Bank statements
- Summaries of your retirement accounts
- Information on your investments
Gather any financial documents you believe could be helpful in determining your current and future assets and be as honest as possible when drafting your prenup. Hiding assets can impact the future validity of your agreement.
Plan for Your Future as a Team
While considering the possibility of a divorce before your wedding can be difficult, a prenuptial agreement is the best way to ensure you and your future partner are on the same page. At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, we recommend premarital mediation for most couples considering a prenup. Find out more about the benefits of this process by contacting our firm online or calling (817) 572-9900 today.