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We're happy to help clients who come to us for uncontested family law work...and those who seek to design more proactive agreements to prevent future conflict.
A cohabitation agreement is a legal contract betwen a couple who have chosen to live together but not marry.
The US Census Bureau reported that US adults are cohabitating at triple the rate they were two decades ago...composing 7% of households.
Although remaining unbound by the traditional ties of marriage may seem like it offers more independence and flexibility, the reality is that living with a romantic cohabitation partner without a written agreement can present significant risks to the parties.
Unlike marriage, which is regulated in most US states, cohabitation is not. A cohabitation agreement, which is a private contract, can address, resolve, and prevent so many problems! They protect your current and future assets while shielding you from the current and future debts of others.
Unlike other areas of contract law, our cohabitation work is billed under a simple, flat-rate model based upon situational complexity. No retainers are required for this work; no hourly billing structure is applied:
Adults-Only Agreements: $3,500
Adults+Child Agreements: $7,000
A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract between a couple made prior to marrying that establishes property and support in the event of divorce or death.
Consider how much time, money and energy people spend preparing for their wedding and planning their reception...and how little of the same most spend tackling the very real impact of marriage on their lives. Marriage is a tool through which two individuals, legally and financially, become one. Imagine starting a new company with a partner with no written agreement? Or purchasing a piece of real estate with another investor with no written agreement?
In a country with a nearly 50% divorce rate, you want to be in the 5% of divorcing couples who were wise enough to establish a prenuptial agreement to help make the dissolution of their marriage as painless, fair, and rational as possible. Add to this the reality that the average cost of a basic divorce in 2022 was $20,000...but a contested one averaged $75,000.
Prenuptial agreements do so many wonderful things for both parties. They can protect a spouse from debt accrued prior to marriage and provide protection for all assets for both parties. They are drafted at a time when there is a higher likelihood for creating a mutually-beneficial agreement: when both parties are loving, rational, and acting in good faith.
There are misconceptions that prenuptial agreements are only for the very wealthy or couples who lack trust or commitment. So silly! They are simply a basic contract that reasonable adults would use before entering any binding, significant legal or financial partnership with another person.
Uncontested agreements are made when the parties are not fighting and wish to amicably resolve all disputes in writing. Uncontested agreements are not that common, but are incredibly cost-effective.
For example, in Arizona, the average cost of a basic divorce in 2022 was $20,000...and a contested one averaged $75,000. In contrast, the courts have established a new procedure called a 'summary divorce' that can often be completed for as little as $5,000. In addition to the tremendous cost savings, uncontested work also offer significant reductions in time and energy for both parties.
Uncontested agreements can be made for an initial divorce, called a consent decree, or to resolve subsequent issues that arise after a divorce is final, called stipulations. Such work is called post-decree work, and it can be just as involved and expensive as initial court actions.
There are a couple options. You can either