Before entering into any agreement, whether you are just starting out a new romance, getting married, or dissolving a marriage, it is very important to understand your rights and obligations. You will need an attorney with experience, compassion and drive to help you, protect you and your assets and ensure the resulting agreement is sound. We can help you.
Pre-Nuptial or Anti-Nuptial Agreements
Have you and your partner determined that you need a Pre-Nuptial Agreement? If so, we can help you gather the required information and prepare a valid agreement.
Pre-Nuptial Agreements are written and executed by the bride and groom before their marriage as they plan their marriage. The Agreements define the division of assets, the division of debts and each party’s rights and obligations if they divorce or die.
Valid Pre-Nuptial Agreements require PROOF OF COMPLETE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE to the other spouse BEFORE the Agreement is signed.
If the Agreement is ever enforced, proof of such financial exchange will be needed for the court. To protect your assets and income in the event the marriage fails, you should be prepared to provide the documents demonstrating specific and precise financial disclosure to the other party.
Post-Nuptial or Marital Settlement Agreements
Post-Nuptial or Marital Settlement Agreements are executed by the Husband and Wife after their marriage and in contemplation of divorce. You and your spouse can determine how best to resolve the issues of the divorce without incurring the expense or strain of a trial.
If you and your spouse agree on some, most, or all issues related to the division of assets and debts, financial support and parenting issues, you will have far more control over the terms of your divorce rather than allowing the court to make all the decisions for your family. Agreements allow you to be more creative and flexible in defining the terms of your divorce while reducing the emotional trauma and significant costs of a lengthy litigation.
In drafting your Agreement, we will consider the following together:
• Identification of non-marital property
• Identification and division of marital property and debt
• Spousal Support/Alimony issues including health and life Insurance
• Waivers, Releases, and Estate Rights
• QDROS (Qualified Domestic Relations Orders)
• Retirement Income Accounts and Deferred Compensation
• Parenting Plans (Custody and Visitation)
• Relocation considerations
• Other child related issues: support, insurance, college
• Tax liabilities
• Attorneys’ Fees
• Restoring your former name
We will negotiate with your spouse and their attorney to determine if all or some of the marital issues can be resolved by a Settlement Agreement. All outstanding or unresolved issues can be reserved upon and presented to the court at trial.