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"... no sooner met but they looked,
no sooner looked but they loved,
no sooner loved but they sighed,
no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason,
no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy.
And in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage ..."
Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act V, Sc. ii
For a couple ascending the "stairs to marriage," it is not easy to intersperse the excitement of wedding and honeymoon plans with the legal practicalities of prenuptial negotiations. Just weeks or months before the wedding, this is a happy time; and the emphasis is naturally on togetherness rather than separateness. Prenuptial agreements can therefore seem threatening.
Most often, the "prenup" has been requested by one of the two individuals, while the other is participating in the prenup discussion with some reluctance. As an experienced professional attuned to the emotional challenges posed by prenuptial negotiations, Marion Lee Wasserman can assist you, whether you are the individual seeking the agreement or are a somewhat reluctant participant.
The Importance of Legal Counsel
Marion may work with you as legal counsel, reviewing, drafting and negotiating the prenuptial agreement. Or, instead, she may work with you and your future spouse as a neutral mediator. If you and your future spouse decide to use Marion as a mediator, to help you reach accord on the terms of the prenuptial agreement, she will require that you each obtain individual legal counsel to advise you prior to signing the agreement. Legal counsel can be mediation-friendly while still protecting your individual interests. In the eyes of a court, the validity and enforceability of the prenuptial agreement will be affected by whether or not the agreement was reached through a balanced and fair process, with the benefit of individual legal counsel.
It is wise to allow plenty of time for the prenuptial negotiations -- a month at least; preferably, more. Attempting to negotiate the terms of a prenuptial agreement just days before the wedding adds to the stress and difficulty of the negotiations. It also may detract from the validity and enforceability of the resulting agreement. Marion is pleased to be of assistance in those cases where the couple, happily, has allowed sufficient time for this important conversation, as they ascend the "stairs to marriage."
For articles by Marion on Prenuptial Agreements, please visit the Reach Accord Blog.
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*The terms "Prenuptial Agreement," "Antenuptial Agreement" and "Premarital Agreement" may be used interchangeably.