Marriage Relations Consultant Agreement


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									This document sets forth a template agreement to be entered into between a consultant
and two married individuals for the provision of marriage relations consulting services. It
contains both standard clauses as well as opportunities for customization to ensure that
the understandings of the parties are properly set forth, such as for the specific duties
the consultant will provide as well as the consultant’s fee. This document can be used
by a marriage consultant, married individuals, or their legal representatives.
                         CONSULTING AGREEMENT
THIS CONSULTING AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered into as of
the ___ day of _____, 20__, [Instruction: Insert date.] by and among _____ (“Wife”),
_____ (“Husband”) [Instruction: Insert names.], (collectively, "Client" [Comment:
Please note, these reference names may be revised as necessary to reflect the
appropriate moniker for each of the parties.]), and _____ [Instruction: Insert
consultant’s name.] ("Consultant").
WHEREAS, Consultant is recognized as having expertise as a marriage relations
consultant; and
WHEREAS, the Client desires to retain Consultant to provide services related to and in
support of efforts in which Consultant has expertise; and
WHEREAS, Consultant is in the business of providing such consulting services and
has agreed to provide the services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in
this agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of this Agreement and other good and valuable
consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties
agree as follows:
   1. Consultant shall furnish the Client with his best advice, information, judgment
      and knowledge with respect to the services related to and in support of efforts in
      which Consultant has expertise which is to be provided in accordance with this
      Agreement. Specifically, Consultant shall _____. [Comment: Insert specific
      duties Consultant shall have under Agreement, which may include something
      similar to “assist Husband and Wife in addressing marital conflict”.]
   2. For all services that Consultant renders to the Client during the term hereof, the
      Client will pay Consultant $_____. Wife and Husband each agree that such fee
      shall be a joint expense. [Instruction: Insert applicable payment agreement.
      This language may be revised to reflect an hourly or other payment
      structure.] Late payments by Client shall be subject to late penalty fees of
      _____% [Instruction: Insert number.] per month from the due date until the
      amount is paid. Parties hereto agree all such fees are non-refundable. [Comment:
      Consultants in states which do not recognize same sex marriages or domestic
      partnerships may wish to revise this paragraph to ensure that both parties
      are jointly and severally liable for the full fee.]
   3. Wife and Husband each agree to attend joint and/or individual consulting sessions
      or fulfill any other reasonable request for further information so that Consultant
      may perform the services set forth in this Agreement.
   4. Wife and Husband understand, acknowledge and agree that Consultant shall act as
      a facilitator in the services set forth in this Agreement, and that Consultant shall
      make no binding decisions regarding same.
   5. Husband and Wife understand, acknowledge and agree that Consultant shall not
      participate in court proceedings as an expert witness with respect to any services

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      provided hereunder, and each hereby agrees they shall not, nor shall either direct
      their respective attorney to subpoena Consultant in any such matter. Further,
      Husband and Wife understand, acknowledge and agree that they each respectively
      waive any and all rights to access to Consultant’s file in this matter, and that
      neither shall, nor shall either direct their respective attorney to make any attempt
      to access such file.
   6. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, Husband and Wife
      each expressly understand, acknowledge and agree that Consultant shall be under
      no confidentiality agreement as between the parties hereto, and any information
      provided by either to Consultant regarding the other may be disclosed.
   7. Consultant shall not be obligated to perform and neither Husband nor wife,
      individually or collectively, will request performance of any services which may
      be deemed to constitute the unauthorized practice of law. Client (or Husband
      and/or Wife in his or her individual capacity) will be solely responsible to obtain
      legal advice, reviews and/or opinion as necessary or advisable in Client’s sole
      discretion, and at Client’s sole cost and expense.
   8. Consultant makes no representation or warranty that the services provided
      hereunder will not result in any divorce, separation or other legal proceedings.
   9. Parties hereto agree that success of Consultant in assisting to resolve Client’s
      matter, and performance of the services hereunder depends upon Client’s truthful
      disclosure and willingness to meaningfully participate in consultations with
      Consultant. Consultant shall bear no liability for failure to resolve Client’s
   10. Client understands, acknowledges and agrees that any disclosures made to
       Consultant may or may not be deemed confidential, based upon applicable
       statutory law. To the extent permitted by law, Consultant will maintain any
       disclosures in strict confidence. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Consultant will
       not withhold or maintain confidence with respect to any information disclosed
       which Consultant is obligated by law to report. [Comment: Parties in
       jurisdictions in which same sex marriages or domestic partnerships are not
       recognized should carefully review this paragraph, as the marital privilege
       typically permitted as between husband and wife may not apply in such
   11. In the event of a breach hereunder and a failure to cure such breach within thirty
       (30) days of written notice of such breach, this Agreement may be terminated by
       either party upon written notice.
   12. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and if any one or more provisions
       may be determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part,
       the remaining provisions, and any partially enforceable provision to the extent
       enforceable in any jurisdiction, shall nevertheless be binding and enforceable.
   13. The rights and obligations of the Client under this Agreement shall inure to the
       benefit of and shall be binding upon the successors and assigns of the Client.

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   14. Neither party is, nor shall claim to be, a legal agent, representative, partner or
       employee of the other, and neither shall have the right or authority to contract in
       the name of the other nor shall it assume or create any obligations, debts, accounts
       or liabilities for the other, except as may otherwise exist between Husband and
   15. The Consultant represents and warrants to the Client that he/she is under no
       contractual or other restrictions or obligations which are inconsistent with the
       execution of this Agreement, or which will interfere with the performance of
       his/her duties or provision of services hereunder. Consultant represents and
       warrants that the execution and performance of this Agreement will not violate
       any policies or procedures of any other person or entity for which he/she performs
       services concurrently with those performed herein.
   16. The Consultant acknowledges and agrees that it shall be solely responsible to pay
       any and all incomes taxes on any moneys earned from Client while performing
       services contemplated under this Agreement. The Consultant further
       acknowledges that the Client will not at any time withhold any taxes from the
       Client’s payments to the Consultant under this Agreement for the purposes of
       income tax or any other applicable taxes.
   17. [Comment: This language is optional, but also should be carefully reviewed if
       used to ensure the drafter language is correct as applied to the particular
       situation of the parties.] The Client acknowledges that this Agreement was
       prepared by counsel for the Consultant and that it may contain terms and
       conditions onerous to Client. The Client expressly acknowledges that
       Consultant has given it adequate time to review this agreement and to seek
       and obtain independent legal advice, and represents to Consultant that it has
       in fact sought and obtained independent legal advice and is satisfied with the
       terms and conditions of this Agreement. Any terms herein which may be
       determined to be ambiguous shall not be construed against the Consultant.
       Rather, the parties shall be deemed to have equal bargaining power and such
       terms shall be deemed to have been negotiated by and between the parties.
   18. Any notices or other communications required or permitted under this Agreement
       shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given and delivered
       when delivered in person, two (2) days after being mailed postage prepaid by
       certified or registered mail with return receipt requested, or when delivered by
       overnight delivery service or by facsimile to the recipient at the following address
       or facsimile number, or to such other address or facsimile number as to which the
       other party subsequently shall have been notified in writing by such recipient:
          If to the Client:
                  [Instruction: Insert Client notice information here.]
          If to the Consultant:
                  [Instruction: Insert Consultant notice information here.]
   19. Either party's failure to enforce any provision or provisions of this Agreement
       shall not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision or provisions

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      as to prior or future violations thereof or of any other provision of this Agreement,
      nor prevent that party thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision of
      this Agreement. The rights granted the parties herein are cumulative and the
      waiver by a party of any single remedy shall not constitute a waiver of such
      party's right to assert all other legal remedies available to him or it under the
   20. This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the
       substantive laws of the State of _____ [Instruction: Insert state.] without
       reference to conflicts of law. [Comment: Parties may wish to consider
       including alternative dispute resolution provisions.]
   21. The various captions and section headings contained in this Agreement are
       inserted only as a matter of convenience and in no way define, limit or extend the
       scope or intent of any of the provisions of this Agreement.
   22. The pronouns used herein shall include, where appropriate, either gender or both,
       singular and plural.
   23. The terms of this Agreement are confidential and no press release or other written
       or oral disclosure of any nature regarding the terms of this Agreement shall be
       made by either party without the other party’s prior written approval; however,
       approval for such disclosure shall be deemed given to the extent such disclosure is
       required to comply with governmental rules or a valid court order.
   24. With respect to its subject matter, this Agreement constitutes the entire
       understanding of the parties superseding all prior agreements, understandings,
       negotiations and discussions between them whether written or oral, and there are
       no other understandings, representations, warranties or commitments with respect
   25. This Agreement may be signed in one or more counterparts, each of which when
       exchanged will be deemed to be an original, binding upon the parties as if a single
       document had been signed by all, and all of which when taken together will
       constitute the same agreement. Any true and correct copy of this Agreement
       made by customary, reliable means (e.g., photocopy or facsimile) shall be treated
       as an original.
   26. No modification to this Agreement, nor any waiver of any rights, will be effective
       unless assented to in writing by the party to be charged.
   27. The person(s) executing this agreement hereby represent and warrant that each
       respectively has the authority to execute this agreement on behalf of the party for
       which he is executing.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement effective as of the
date first written above.


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[Instruction: Insert Wife signature block.]

[Instruction: Insert Husband signature block.]

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