Can My Future Spouse's Parents Make Me Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?
January 26th, 2021
In today's day and age, more and more people draft prenuptial agreements before marriage, as these agreements can help protect critical assets from the potential of a future divorce. However, in some instances, when parents of future spouses have certain financial assets, such as family-owned businesses, they may try to force their son/daughter's future spouse to sign a prenuptial agreement. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Maryland family law attorney to learn more about prenuptial agreements, what makes one valid, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What makes a prenuptial agreement valid?
For a prenuptial agreement to be considered valid and enforceable, it will have to meet various criteria. The qualifications for a prenuptial agreement in Maryland are as follows:
- The prenuptial agreement is in writing.
- The agreement is fair and just to both parties involved.
- Both parties have had sufficient time to consider the terms of the agreement.
- There must be full disclosure of assets included in the agreement.
- The agreement must be signed in front of a notary by both parties.
- The agreement must be reached without any evidence of coercion, manipulation, or deceit.
Can my future spouse's parents make me draft a prenup?
As mentioned above, prenuptial agreements must be fair and just to both parties and they must be reached without any evidence of manipulation or coercion to be considered legal and enforceable. Therefore, these agreements must be entered into willingly by both parties, and if you believe that your fiance's parents are trying to force you to draft such an agreement, or you have already signed an agreement due to their manipulation, you may contest the agreement, as this should invalidate it. If you have any additional questions or you wish to contest a prenuptial agreement, speak with our Maryland family law attorney today.
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