Help Couples to Address Their Concerns and Needs
Today, people in a wide array of family configurations create legal agreements related to financial holdings, obligations in divorce or separation, children from a prior relationship, family money, and credit history. It is not so much that people lack trust in one another, but the fact that the divorce rate is high, laws are complex and society is recognizing that careful planning in advance can avoid destructive, costly court battles later.
Of course, even in the best of relationships, talking about how to break up can become emotional and adversarial. In collaborative family law practice, we help couples get through their hurt feelings and fears to address their concerns and needs. We find that the collaborative process of full disclosure and open dialogue empower couples to deepen their relationship as they discuss how to best plan for a future that both parties hope never happens.
Pre- and Post-nuptial Agreements
Pre-nuptial agreements or “pre-nups” are often advisable for couples who have been married previously, and in cases when children from a previous relationship or significant assets are involved. Wisconsin’s Marital Property Act determines some matters related to property, but these issues remain open to negotiation. Agreements can be made between two parties during a marriage, but a post-marital agreement cannot be created in anticipation of divorce.
Cohabitation agreements are valuable in providing assurances and protections for unmarried couples that have a marriage-like relationship. We use contract law to develop agreements that closely mirror the protections available in Wisconsin’s Marital Property Act. Our collaborative family practice methods empower couples to discuss contractual living arrangements and options for ending a relationship in a private, personal and respectful setting.