San Diego Family Mediation Center

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Premarital Mediation

Before you get married, you will want to discuss your expectations, finances, and marital roles. While many couples have these conversations in private, there are many benefits to hiring a professional. Premarital mediation assists couples in having an open and honest conversation about their marriage before walking down the aisle. Our mediators go beyond just drafting a prenuptial agreement. We guide couples through tough issues and ask questions that perhaps weren’t considered prior to mediation.

What to Expect During Premarital Mediation

Our mediators work to foster clear communication, collaboration, and mutual understanding during premarital mediation sessions. Engaged couples find that premarital mediation is helpful in building a strong foundation at the very start of their marriage. You can expect to discuss the following during your mediation session(s):

  • Financial expectations
  • Current assets and future assets
  • Child rearing
  • Spousal support
  • Marital property
  • Marital debt
  • Tax issues

While these are serious topics, many couples report that mediation is an incredibly positive experience. Couples leave with the confidence that together they can work things out respectfully and with minimal conflict. Premarital mediation often ends in drafting a prenuptial agreement if the couple chooses. While this is not necessary, it is certainly recommended to cement the agreements you have made during the course of mediation.

Come Prepared to Premarital Mediation

If you are planning to attend premarital mediation with your partner, you will want to start collecting important documents as soon as possible. This can shorten the time it takes to discuss these issues and are required to complete your premarital agreement. You will need to start gathering the following:

  • Tax returns for the last two years
  • Pay stubs for the last 3-6 months
  • Bank account statements
  • Credit card statements
  • Retirement account summaries
  • Investment account summaries
  • Any other important financial documents you believe would be helpful

If you are interested in premarital mediation, contact our San Diego mediators at San Diego Family Mediation Center. Call (858) 736-2411 to schedule your initial consultation.

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