A financial expert can give spouses a nuanced and long-term view of how family finances might look post-divorce and what the net-effect of different choices might be. These different choices can have significant impact on parties’ future finances, and should not be overlooked in the mediation process. It may be well-worth the investment for couples in mediation to enlist the help of a neutral expert to help plan the financial aspects of divorce.
The prenuptial agreement is a double-edged sword. Although a skillfully drafted agreement can protect parties, it can start off marriage on the wrong foot by generating resentment and hurt feelings. Mediation or collaborative law can transform a potentially destructive process into a positive one, by making the prenuptial agreement negotiation inclusive and mutual.