It’s difficult to think about a future where your marriage is no longer working and when you wish to end your relationship with your partner. However, the hard truth is that divorce is the fate of almost half of all marriages in the United States, and planning for the unknown future can be a very smart move for both you and your future spouse.
Prenuptial agreements are put in place before marriages for a number of reasons, but primarily to protect the interests of both parties and make certain that both people are entering the union with a clear understanding of their finances and responsibilities–whether or not the marriage is successful or not. Some couples benefit from drawing up a prenuptial agreement more than others.
You may need to talk to a family law attorney with prenuptial agreement experience if:
At The Ruben Law Firm, our legal team can help you with your prenuptial agreement legal needs with thoughtfulness, care, and compassion. To learn more about our family law services, to schedule an appointment, or to ask a question, please call us today: (410) 766-4044.
It’s a myth and a misconception that only rich people need prenups. While not every couple will benefit from a prenuptial agreement, some people will find that it gives them peace of mind and confidence when committing to each other. Here are a few more reasons you might want to draw up a prenup before tying the knot:
Note that despite its name, a prenuptial agreement does not have to be written and signed before a marriage takes place–it can be drawn up at any time in a marriage. Writing a prenup after a marriage may take away some of the stakes, but it may also be better for couples to discuss at a less emotional time, and after both parties are familiar with how their partnership works.
In many ways, a prenuptial agreement can make divorce easier, faster, and less expensive because it lays out clearly how your separation should go and what each spouse will receive as far as property, spousal support, and financial responsibilities. The four common issues discussed in prenuptial agreements in Maryland include:
It’s important to understand that some issues cannot be covered by prenuptial agreements. For example, issues of child custody and child support shouldn’t belong in a prenup and would not hold up in court. This is because child custody and child support decisions are always made with the best interests of the child in mind and not on a dated agreement between their parents before the child was born.
Just because you and your spouse signed and notarized a prenuptial agreement does not mean that it is valid or that it will hold up in court.
For example, a prenup may not hold up in court if:
At Ruben Law Firm, we fully understand that prenuptial agreements can be extremely sensitive topics, whether you wish to create an agreement or whether you are trying to uphold or fight the agreement during a divorce. We are here to help you understand your rights, get what you deserve under the law, and ultimately resolve your family law issues efficiently and compassionately.
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