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Experienced Huntsville Family Law Attorney Understands the Value of Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Proactively protecting your assets and well-being while you’re married

When you’re about to get married or newly married, preparing for the possibility of divorce is the last thing on your mind. This, however, is also the best time to consider a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement with your spouse or spouse-to-be. The experienced family law attorneys at Watson McKinney, LLP, will help you build a comprehensive contract to help you retain your possessions and enjoy peace of mind no matter what happens in the future.

Who needs a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in Alabama?

Many people think that marriage contracts are only for the wealthy, but if either spouse has any property, personal possessions or liabilities – including children or outstanding debts – you should probably consider a prenuptial agreement. Prenups and postnups don’t just protect spouse’s existing assets; they can also protect spouses from taking on new expenses post-marriage.

How do prenuptials and post nuptials work?

Like most contracts, the details of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can vary depending on your circumstances and the goal of document. In many cases, a prenuptial agreement will take effect on the day of the wedding and last indefinitely. In other cases, however, a couple may only want a prenup to last for the first few years of the marriage and then end.

These marriage contracts usually focus on financial assets. The document will outline who keeps which properties and items in the event of a divorce. Agreements may also refer to household management and the custody of children that have been born prior to the marriage.

A prenup or postnup cannot determine the custody of future children between the two spouses, as a court would need to determine custody at the time of a divorce. Likewise, these contracts cannot address any illegal possessions.

Why start thinking about a prenup or postnup?

One huge value that many couples overlook when considering a prenuptial agreement is that it puts both parties’ financial situations out in the open. Before getting married, many people aren’t fully aware of their significant other’s finances or possessions.

Discussing and writing out a prenup or postnup can help ensure that there are no surprises in the future when handling the couple’s assets for legal or financial purposes.

It’s worth noting that postnuptial agreements, like prenuptials, are considered to be valid in the State of Alabama, so there is little legal difference between the two. However, some states will presume post nuptials to be invalid, so if there is a disagreement, the burden of proof falls onto the person who wants to follow the postnup. For that reason alone, it’s always preferable to get a prenuptial agreement rather than waiting until after the wedding.

Contact an Alabama family law attorney to ensure you keep what’s rightfully yours

Serving Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, Athens, Scottsboro, Guntersville, and communities for more than 45 years combined, our family law attorneys can help you construct an effective  prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that will give you peace of mind. Call us at (256) 536-7423 or contact us online to set up a consultation for a reasonable fee, where we can provide you with insights specific to your case along with options for legal strategies.

 

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