Earlier in 2022, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen efficiently and quietly divorced. They were able to keep their dissolution under wraps until it was completed—a rare feat by celebrities.
Their divorce benefited from a prenuptial agreement, mediation and putting their children’s needs first.
The benefits of a prenuptial agreement
A prenuptial agreement is voluntarily executed prior to marriage. But its worth really comes into play if you divorce.
A prenuptial agreement usually contains provisions on what will happen to assets and debts if you divorce. This simplifies the property division process.
A prenuptial agreement can also address alimony, a particularly difficult issue in many divorces. This is especially useful if you have significant wealth that you want to protect, or if you earned less than your spouse and you both agree that you should be provided for if you divorce.
Mediation for a private, satisfactory divorce
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. You and your spouse will work together out of court with the assistance of a neutral mediator to negotiate a divorce settlement without litigation.
Mediation has many benefits. Mediation is private and will not be made part of the public record.
Mediation is often less expensive than divorce litigation. It often can also be finished quicker than litigation.
Mediation often leads to a more satisfactory result. You and your spouse both spoke your minds and made compromises to come to a settlement. You had a say in the outcome of your divorce.
Focus on your children
If you have children, their needs should come first when you divorce. After all, the divorce was not their decision and is not their fault.
Any child custody decisions must be in the best interests of your child. This means your child’s needs come before your own.
It can be hard to share custody and co-parent at times. Still, if you can work together with your former spouse to raise your child, it can help your child move forward from the divorce in a healthy manner.
Divorce is not always easy—not for you, not for your spouse and not for your children. Still, there are healthy ways to divorce. Being cooperative and proactive can help you achieve a satisfactory split.