Prenups, Postnups, and Letters to Exes
May 19, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
This show has two parts: first a discussion of cutting-edge research on divorce from the vantage point of those who have been through the process and are reflecting back about their thoughts and feelings; and second a discussion of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. In part 1, we discuss the fascinating array of letters to ex-spouses that Vicki Shemin has collected, each beginning with “…And I just wanted you to know.” Attorney Shemin plans to write a book about the research that includes these letters and an important accompanying survey. To participate in the research, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/XC89FQ9. In part 2, we address questions such as these: When is the best time to develop a prenuptial agreement? What is a good way to approach your partner about a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement? How well do such agreements work? What are the benefits and drawbacks of creating them? Can they be contested? With expert descriptions of decision-making before marriage and during marriage and also discussion of feelings and thoughts long after a marriage ends, this program is rich. To learn more about attorney Vicki Shemin's services, visit www.BostonLawCollaborative.com
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Our goal is to share good ideas about helping all kinds of families handle the challenges and problems that are common in today’s world. We seek to help people heal, grow, and thrive in a culture in which marriage, parenting, and other family relationships are under great stress.
We will feature experts on a variety of family matters. Topics may include building and maintaining healthy relationships, family mediation, divorcing with minimal damage, strengthening marriages, LGBT families, forming and maintaining stepfamilies, single parents, creating constructive separation agreements, addiction, preventing or ending abuse, and other Family Matters.
Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).
Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.
Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.
Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.