Some couples experience difficulties in their marriage but do not want to commence legal proceedings for divorce or legal separation; however, they do want to work together with a professional mediator to address and reach a postnuptial agreement concerning their financial and other marital matters. Other married couples want a postnuptial agreement because they didn’t have time before their marriage to enter into a prenuptial agreement. Still other couples have had a long-standing marriage but want to define their rights for estate planning purposes.
We can complete your Postnuptial Agreement by email or phone quickly and inexpensively — in 3 easy steps — for only $595:
Optional As-Needed Mediation: If you have special questions or concerns, need particular legal, financial, and tax information, or want to learn about different alternatives for settling any unresolved issues, you can arrange to teleconference or meet in-person with one of our highly trained and experienced professional Mediators – and you only pay for the time spent!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is postnuptial mediation?
A Postnuptial Agreement (also known as a “Postmarital Agreement”) is a written contract that married people enter into which determines their respective rights and interests in their community property and debts; for example, designating that certain property will be the separate property of one spouse versus community (i.e., marital) property. A postnuptial agreement can also address other legal matters such as child-related matters, inheritance, and spousal maintenance (formerly known as “alimony”).
Are postnuptial agreements valid in Arizona?
Yes. Although there is no specific statute, Arizona courts have consistently held that married people are at all times free to determine what the status of their property is to be, including in the event of death or divorce. The only requirements are that the terms of the postnuptial agreement were fair and equitable, free from any fraud, coercion or undue influence, and the parties had entered into it with full knowledge of all the properties involved and all legal rights therein.
Wouldn’t my spouse be upset if I asked for a Postnuptial Agreement?
Love and logic can coexist. In fact, more and more couples are using the postnuptial mediation process to stimulate constructive conversations about their respective expectations, concerns and responsibilities regarding the financial aspects of their marriage. A postmarital agreement can be and often does solidify a relationship and make marital disagreements much less likely.
Why not just use a lawyer to draft a Postnuptial Agreement?
It would be unethical for a lawyer to represent both you and your spouse, whereas a professional mediator has no such constraint. Furthermore, after you meet with a mediator to make all of your postnuptial agreements, you will have the option but not be required to have one of our independent “mediation friendly” lawyers (who charge reasonable hourly fees) review your prenuptial agreement before you sign it. It is in these ways that our postnuptial mediation and agreement preparation services will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars!
What does the mediator do?
With their backgrounds in law, business and psychology, our mediators foster effective communication, offer diverse alternatives for resolution of issues, and provide legal, financial, and tax information. We empower couples to make fully informed decisions about each and every aspect of their postnuptial agreement, including property rights and interests, the handling of income and debts, non-monetary contributions to a marriage, inheritance, life insurance and all other legal and financial matters attendant to marriage.
How do I get other questions answered?
Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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