Talking With A Lawyer About Contracts That Affect Your Marriage
Negotiating a prenuptial agreement does not always seem like the most romantic choice but, for many couples, it is the smart one. Prenuptial agreements — also called prenups, premarital agreements or even antenuptial agreements — allow marrying couples to protect their separate property during a marriage.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, we help clients in Missouri and Illinois draft, review and litigate prenuptial agreements. We also handle issues related to postnuptial agreements, which are sometimes created during a marriage.
Good prenuptial agreements should contain detailed descriptions of the significant property and debts owned by each partner. Depending on the nature and complexity of these assets, a prenuptial agreement can be just a few pages — or a few hundred. At the Stange Law Firm, PC, we draft each prenup so that it meets the exact needs of our clients.
To be valid, a prenuptial agreement must meet certain requirements:
- Be signed by both spouses
- Be accompanied by a complete disclosure of all assets, income and debts of each spouse
- List court-ordered maintenance being paid or received
- Allow spouses sufficient opportunity to consider the provisions of the agreement consult with lawyers before signing
- Be entered into freely and voluntarily
St. Louis Area, Kansas City Area, Columbia, Springfield and Beyond Postnuptial Agreements
Also called post-marital agreements, postnuptial agreements are contracts between two partners that are entered into during a marriage. Like prenuptial agreements, they contain provisions addressing how to divide property in the event of divorce or the loss of a spouse.
Enforcing a Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement
It can be difficult to enforce a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement. The standards courts impose are high. But when a family law conflict requires legal action, we offer high-quality legal solutions for our clients. Our focus is helping you move in the right direction. We do this by working closely with you to develop a family law strategy that weighs costs and benefits of each action. Together, we take action that gets results.
Not being represented by a lawyer at the time of signing can be a basis for challenging the enforceability of a prenuptial agreement later on. For this reason, both parties really should have their own attorneys. Please note as well that Kirk C. Stange authored a book on prenuptial agreements through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) titled: Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line .
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As unappealing as a prenuptial agreement may sound for your marriage, it could help you in the long run. We have written articles about prenuptial agreements to help you learn more about the topic: Is a prenuptial agreement in your future? How to have 'the talk', Social media clauses gaining popularity in prenuptial agreements, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts Versus Prenuptial Agreements: What is the Best Option?, and Prenuptial Agreements for Elderly Couples.
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