In this episode, family law attorney Anna–Maria Pittella. Esq., Certified Financial Planner John Caroli and Dr. Karen B. Donahue, PsyD talk about how to collaborate on a premarital agreement without destroying the romance.
Our guests today discussing Collaborating on a Premarital Agreement Without Destroying The Romance are
Anna–Maria Pittella. Esq.
Anna–Maria Pittella is a family law attorney with over forty years of experience. She will no longer litigate a divorce because of the toll it takes on a family emotionally and financially. She is an Accredited Professional Mediator since 1997, a Court Approved Roster Economic Mediator since the program began and family collaborative attorney since 2004. She offers her skills in the resolution of family matters by mediation and collaboration. Nether process takes place at the courthouse but in a comfortable office setting confidentially and supportive, providing guidance in decisions for the family’s transition to two households. She continually seeks and attends educational events to deepen her skills, is a speaker on mediation, collaborative process and practice as well as a trainer in the family collaborative process. She is one of the initiators of the family collaborative law movement in New Jersey that culminated in the passage of the New Jersey Family Collaborative Act on Dec. 10 2014.
Address: 55 No. Bridge Ave., Red Bank New Jersey 07701
Karen B. Donahue, PsyD
Karen Donahue has a Doctorate of Psychology, and is Licensed Professional Counselor. Over the past ten years, Dr. Donahue’s private practice has focused on the unique needs of children, families, and adults in need of emotional support during life’s difficult transitions. Her specialized training in child psychology and family dynamics enables her to understand each family member’s unique needs, allowing her to formulate meaningful interventions for all of her clients. Dr. Donahue recognizes that although divorce is inherently a legal matter, the majority of obstacles that interfere with amicable negotiations and productive decision-making are driven by highly charged emotions. Just as great emotional bonds bring a couple to marriage, the dissolution of those connections oftentimes intensify the divorce process immensely. This common reality creates a vital need for the contributions of an experienced psychologist on the Collaborative Divorce Team.
Address: 1540 Route 138 West, Bldg. 2-Suite 203, Wall Township, NJ 07719
As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), I can work with divorcing couples either as a neutral financial advisor or as an advisor to one spouse if that is needed, to resolve financial issues that arise during the divorce process. I combine education, calculations, and financial planning to find creative solutions, and work closely with team members to resolve alimony, child support and equitable distribution of assets.
I was divorced collaboratively and truly believe that my kids are better off than if we had gone the route of litigation. Because of this I am intimately familiar with and passionately supportive of the collaborative. I studied engineering at URI, Tufts, and MIT. Those skills are useful in the quantitative parts of divorce, but my personal experience has helped me guide clients through the process and deliver peace of mind.
Address: 726 Kings Highway East,Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
IN THIS EPISODE , YOU’LL LEARN:
what is a premarital agreement and can it be helpful?
-How is it traditionally handled?
-How would it be different in a collaborative process?
How would collaboration help a couple while trying to concentrate on the wedding?
– How could you help in using CP during these difficult conversations?
-Do you see long term benefits for them?
Isn’t money or property the main issue for one of the couple in deciding he or she needs a premarital agreement?
-Would you normally be involved in a traditional negotiation of this type of agreement?
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