Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Who Needs a Prenuptial Agreement?
Our firm, Emerson Law, P.A., strongly recommends that a couple that is intending to marry create a prenuptial agreement with the assistance of an experienced family lawyer. Many people believe that these types of agreements are only drafted when one or both parties have a high net worth. A prenuptial can benefit any couple by preventing conflicts if there is ever a divorce, including marriages in which:
- One party earns more or less than the other
- This is a second marriage
- One or both of the parties will be entering the marriage with children
- One or both parties have considerable debts
- One or both parties have certain assets they wish to keep as separate property (non-marital property)
Prenuptial Agreements & Business Ownership
Anyone that owns a business who is planning to marry should also consider the many benefits of having an agreement in place if there is a divorce. Discussing issues such as asset division and alimony when a marriage is floundering is one of the worst times for a couple to work out a divorce agreement. It is much easier to address these matters before the marriage takes place, when both parties are committed to each other’s well-being. If you are planning to marry, contact Emerson Law, P.A. to speak with a qualified family lawyer who can help you learn how to draft a pre-marital agreement that will help protect your future security.
What is a Postnuptial Agreement?
A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement, only it is written after a couple is married. It addresses the same issues, such as property division and spousal support if the marriage ends in divorce. Discussing these matters with your spouse now can result in a fair and equitable agreement, and reduce the possibility of litigation if your marriage breaks up. When preparing your pre or postnuptial agreement, a knowledgeable family law attorney at Emerson Law, P.A. will listen closely to your areas of concern, and help you work through any agreement-related issues with your spouse.