Premarital, Prenuptial and Antenuptial Agrements

Premarital, Prenuptial or antenuptial agreements are synonymous. These agreements refer to a contract between two persons planning to marry which governs the rights and liabilities of the parties, such as terms of possession of assets, debts, treatment of future earnings, control of property of each and potential division in case of divorce or the death of one spouse. They may even determine whether spousal maintenance (alimony) is paid. These agreements are fairly common and increasing in popularity as more people are getting married later for the first time or if either or both parties have substantial assets, children from a prior marriage, potential inheritances, high incomes, or have been “taken” by a prior spouse.
Custody and/or child support issues are not affected since such determinations must be made based on a best interests of the child standard and subject to court review.
A premarital agreement acts as a safeguard for both you and your spouse-to-be. It protects your assets and may prevent expensive and acrimonious litigation if a divorce should occur by defining the rights and responsibilities of the parties in advance. With today’s divorce rate hovering around 50%, a prenuptial agreement may be one of the most prudent decisions in your life. This is particularly true for business owners who may wish to preserve what they have worked so hard to build.
Prenuptial Agreements are valid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It doesn’t matter whether the state is a community property state or an equitable distribution state.
A Postnuptial Property Agreement is a contract between the spouses after marriage with the intent to define and specify the respective and collective rights of the parties in the separate and joint property of the parties.

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2 Responses to Premarital, Prenuptial and Antenuptial Agrements

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    Jeffrey T. Angley

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