Prenuptial agreements are legally binding contracts between two people who are engaged to be married that define in advance what each party’s rights are with respect to the division of premarital property and spousal support obligations in the unfortunate event of divorce.
Prenuptial agreements are used most often by individuals who are bringing significant assets into a marriage. They also are used by individuals who have children from a previous marriage who wish to ensure that those children inherit certain assets when that parent dies.
A postnuptial agreement addresses the same issues, but is executed after a couple gets married.
A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement must be fully voluntary on the part of both spouses and supported by full and accurate disclosure of each person’s financial and family circumstances. These agreements cannot vary the responsibilities of either spouse for child support under the Florida guidelines.
Properly Structured Agreements
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are only as strong as how they are structured; thus, it is critical to work with family law attorneys who are experienced at drafting precise agreements that will hold up in court if challenged. Creating a prenuptial agreement on your own or using an internet form is a sure way to ensure lengthy and costly litigation if the agreement is ever challenged.
If you are establishing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, our knowledge and thoroughness will provide peace of mind that both parties are properly protected. If you are challenging a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, our experience creating ironclad marriage contracts helps us find the weaknesses in agreements that are not as well structured.
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