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When you’re planning your wedding, civil union ceremony, or forming a new de facto relationship, there is nothing less romantic than considering how your relationship would be regarded in a family law court should it break down. Even after you’ve committed to eachother, you don’t want to spend much time thinking about what would happen if you get divorced.
But family lawyer, Natalie Greenberg says that this is exactly when we should be thinking about all these issues.
She says that having a conversation about things like money, assets, career expectations, and who will be responsible for the kids during the relationship, is just as important as choosing flower arrangements, desserts, and honeymoon destinations. In fact, couples who have developed good patterns of communication around these sticky issues, are more likely to avoid marriage breakdown. And even if the relationship does end, the break-up can often be much cleaner.
It’s especially important for women to think about these issues as they enter the relationship because they often get the raw end of the deal if the relationship ends.
We chat with Natalie about the sorts of habits new couples should form early in their relationship – like talking about money, how you might want to raise kids together, and even the giving of the “Gett,” the Jewish divorce document, should things break down.
We also chat to our New York correspondent, Elissa Goldstein about the latest news in the gender and Jewish world in the US.