Schaefer Law

Mediation/Prenups

Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation offers a more civilized and likely more affordable alternative to litigation during the divorce process. Unlike litigation, where a fudge makes the final decision for the spouses, the goal of mediation is to help divorcing spouses reach a collaborative agreement, allowing the parties to have much more control over the end result.

The mediation process is available in instances where both spouses agree to participate, and whether a divorce action has already been filed in court or not, mediation can be an option for divorcing spouses. The mediator in these cases serves as a neutral third party, helping the divorcing spouses identify issues, foster joint problem solving, explore settlement options, and finalize a settlement agreement. By virtue of the process, the tension between the divorcing spouses is often deescalated, helping to preserve respect and goodwill between the parties for years to come. Engaging an experienced mediator with knowledge of the legal process is an imperative first step to successful mediation and divorce proceedings when the option is available.

PRENUPTIAL AND POST-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT

Having a clear understanding of your partner’s financial situation and future expectations is an important aspect in any relationship, but it’s a conversation that is seldom conducted before marriage. Many couples find the discussion and the topic generally uncomfortable, so it can be difficult to approach the subject before choosing to marry. Despite better judgment or even provided advice, couples are frequently deterred from entering a prenuptial agreement simply because of social stigma. The reality of this is that a prenuptial agreement is not meant to encourage divorce, but rather prevent issues while minimizing expenses and time if a divorce ever occurs.

A well-drafted prenuptial agreement offers mutual protection to couples by setting clear parameters that outline how assets and debts will be divided in the event of divorce. The prenuptial agreement can protect each partner’s separate assets, future inheritance, and estate, among other things. It can also hold a partner responsible for their own debts and liabilities, thus preventing one partner from being saddled with the other’s debts through marriage. For a prenuptial agreement to be valid, the each person must make a complete financial disclosure to the other, and this process requires each person to be transparent with not only their finances, but also their future expectations, thereby eliminating financial discord before it may arise. The prenuptial process encourages an open line of communication which, in turn, can establish a level of trust that may carry the couple forward in the years to come.

If you and your partner did not have the opportunity to enter into a prenuptial agreement prior to your marriage, don’t worry! Married couples are afforded the opportunity for protection by way of a post-nuptial agreement, and both types of agreement offer similar protection, with the main difference being that one is entered into pre-marriage and the other is entered into post-marriage. Despite their similarities, married couples who want to enter into an agreement like this are encouraged to do so as close to the date of their marriage as possible. To get started with a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement, contact our team today to schedule an appointment and to discuss your case with one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys.

WHY CHOOSE OUR FAMILY LAW FIRM?

  1. Dedicated & Compassionate Team: Choosing the Law Office of Pamela Schaefer, P.C. in Woburn, MA, for your Divorce Mediation and Prenuptial Agreement needs ensures that you have a dedicated and compassionate legal team by your side. Our firm stands out as a trusted partner in guiding clients through challenging situations with professionalism, empathy, and expertise.
  2. Our Commitment to You: We understand that divorce and prenuptial agreements are sensitive legal matters that require careful consideration and thoughtful guidance. When you choose us as your Divorce Mediation and Prenup lawyer in Woburn, you benefit from our unwavering commitment to fostering amicable resolutions, protecting your interests, and minimizing conflict throughout the process.
  3. Our Support: Our team of experienced divorce and family lawyers specializes in Divorce Mediation, providing a supportive environment for couples to communicate effectively, negotiate terms, and reach mutually beneficial agreements. We prioritize your well-being and strive to facilitate constructive discussions that lead to fair and sustainable outcomes.
  4. Our Attention to Detail: Prenuptial Agreements are essential legal documents that can safeguard your assets, clarify financial expectations, and provide peace of mind in the event of a divorce. When you choose us to draft your prenup, you can trust in our meticulous attention to detail, thorough understanding of Massachusetts laws, and dedication to crafting agreements that reflect your wishes and protect your future.
  5. Our Personalized Approach: Whether you are considering divorce, planning to marry, or seeking to address legal issues with your partner, our law office is here to support you every step of the way. We offer a personalized approach, transparent communication, and tailored solutions to meet your specific needs and goals.