How Do I Choose My Process?
Creating an agreement with another person can be difficult, whether it is a prenuptial agreement, a post nuptial agreement, a cohabitation agreement, a divorce settlement agreement or a parenting plan. There are things you already know about yourselves that can help you decide which process might work best for you.
The extent to which you need the input and/or support of your own attorney or other professional can determine which process you choose to negotiate your agreement.
The extent to which you can negotiate with your partner at all can determine the best process choices for you.
The extent to which you choose to participate at all can also impact your choice.
Cost is always be a major concern. However, don’t be “penny wise and pound foolish”. Your choice of process has lasting consequences, particularly when you are seeking to continue or create an ongoing co-parenting or other future relationship.
Another of your major concerns may be efficiency and timing. Address this concern with your partner and professionals as you consider processes.
It might be best for you and your partner and/or family to build a “team” around your mediator to help you create your agreement and the best possible environment for future interaction. Team-building is available in all of the process choices; each process can include the professional resources you need for success.
Type of Agreement
Creating a premarital, postmarital cohabitation and/or parenting agreement can be quite different from negotiating a divorce settlement, and may require a different set of skills from you and the professionals you choose.
Your process options in these situations are explored in more detail in the following articles:
- Mediation and Premarital Agreements
- Mediation and Postmarital Agreements
- Mediation and Cohabitation Agreements
- Mediation and Parenting Plans
- Collaborative Practice and Premarital Agreements
- Collaborative Practice and Postmarital Agreements
- Collaborative Practice and Cohabitation Agreements
- Collaborative Practice and Parenting Plans
If you are divorcing and looking to create a settlement agreement, the following articles explore your process options in more detail.
- Divorce Options Introduction
- Divorce Options: Do it Yourself
- Divorce Options: Mediation
- Divorce Options: Collaborative Practice
- Divorce Options: Traditional Negotiation