The Pre-Marital Planner
A Complete Legal Guide
By: Vikki Ziegler, Esq. / Foreword by Judge Michael K. Diamond (Ret.)
Sound advice from one of America’s top family attorneys.
When couples wed, they promise to stay together “till death do us part”—but in reality, almost 50% of marriages end in divorce. How can you beat the odds and successfully nurture a long-lasting, happy, and healthy relationship? Proper pre-marital planning is the answer. Vikki Ziegler has seen it all and has extensive experience guiding couples emotionally and financially. She created this planner in order to share the lessons she’s learned.
There’s plenty of wisdom here on how to facilitate discussion on every crucial pre-marital concern, from whether marriage is the right choice to whether or not to have children and what to do about money. Ziegler goes through the basic rules that must be followed to create a thriving union, discusses the important emotional attributes that keep a couple together, and explains how to develop good communication and listening skills. She navigates through the sensitive topic of intimacy, as well as the tough issues surrounding anger and conflict resolution. And because clashes over money can torpedo a marriage faster than almost anything else, there’s plenty of in-depth attention devoted to finance, with charts and lengthy questionnaires that can eliminate nasty postnuptial surprises.
Filled with interactive charts and questions for couples to answer together, plus tips and tools, The Pre-Marital Planner provides smart answers to the fundamental matters that need to be addressed before you enter into the most important relationship in your life.
"Vikki Ziegler tells it like it is!! Her advice on achieving a happy and long term marriage by focusing on all the issues that might arise is both postive and informative. Everyone in a romantic relationship should have a copy of The Premarital Planner at their bedside and read it from cover to cover with their significant other. It works!!"
—Michael Strahan, co-host of LIVE with Kelly & Michael and Former NFL Star
Author & Illustrator Bios:Vikki Ziegler, Esq. , author
Vikki Ziegler is not only one of America’s preeminent attorneys specializing in matrimonial law and civil litigation, but she’s also a media personality known for her commentaries on high-profile cases; an active volunteer for women’s and children’s charities; and the innovator of a unique and realistic approach to “divorce management” and litigation. Ms. Ziegler currently chairs the IX Ethics Committee in New Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. She frequently appears on Fox News Channel, FOX 5, CNN, CNBC, Fox Business Channel, CBS, and many other media outlets to discuss high-profile celebrity cases relating to marriage and divorce. She is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and the CEO of divorcedating.com, a website that serves as a resource for information and to assist newly divorced singles as they navigate the dating environment.
Read more about Vikki Ziegler.
Huff Post Weddings
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", the old adage reads from Benjamin Franklin.
For better or worse. In sickness and in health. To love and honor... Vows soon-to-be newlyweds recite on the day of their weddings. But really, what about premarital planning? Brides and grooms spend countless hours discussing wedding guests, flowers, menus for the reception -- few devote significant time to the all-important conversations on issues that will affect their entire married life including finances, children, healthcare and estate planning.
Talking about these topics is not easy. But these kinds of conversations are essential to ensuring a firm foundation for a happy and healthy marriage. The key to a happy, healthy and long-lasting marriage appears to weigh heavily on honesty and careful planning. Discussing vital topics such as children, money, family relationships' and dynamics, prior relationships will lead couples to a stronger union. You can live together for years but getting married changes the legal aspect of your relationship.
As a practicing attorney for more than a decade, Vikki S. Ziegler (www.VikkiZiegler.com) was named one of the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" by New Jersey Law Journal, Top Lawyer Under 40 by NJ BIZ, included in Super Lawyers for the past several years, and has appeared on many national television shows to comment on high-profile divorce and custody cases, including the trials of Madonna, Tiger Woods, Sandra Bullock, and Mel Gibson. Ziegler is the author of "The Premarital Planner: Your Complete Legal Guide to a Perfect Marriage". She is recently engaged, and is certainly living by the rules she presents in her book.
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