PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT & POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements in Tampa
Serving St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Fish Hawk, & Beyond
Getting married is an exciting time, and while pre- or post-nuptial agreements are not the most thrilling aspect, they can none the less be a crucial step in ensuring your protection should anything happen. These written contracts are voluntary and spell out how items like assets, support, income, and liabilities are to be handled should the marriage end. At Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A., our experienced attorneys will help you navigate the prenuptial or postnuptial agreement process, so you feel comfortable and confident moving forward.
What Does a Prenuptial Agreement Contain?
A prenuptial agreement is a contract made by an unmarried couple which governs each person’s respective rights and obligations arising out of the marriage in the event of separation or divorce. While every agreement is different—being hyper-personalized to your unique circumstances, some things that are included in this agreement include, but are not limited to:
- Estate and property division if there is a divorce
- Instructions for establishing alimony
- Possession or division of businesses or inheritances
- Protection from your spouse’s debts
- Provisions for any children from a previous relationship
Why Might a Couple Choose to Create a Postnuptial Agreement?
Unlike prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements are put together after the couple is married, but similarly dictates the rights and obligations that arise upon separation or divorce.
5 reasons a couple might sign a postnuptial agreement:
- To clearly specify each party’s wishes regarding any property that is brought into the marriage.
- If a spouse has extensive debt or has encountered legal trouble.
- To ensure that certain assets are inherited by children from a previous relationship.
- If a spouse has received an unexpected financial windfall, such as inheritance or lottery winnings.
- If a spouse has chosen to stay home to care for children.
Peace of Mind for Your Marriage
While no one enters a marriage with the intention of separating or divorcing, it's important to consider the possibility and plan for it. A postnuptial agreement can provide peace of mind for both parties by outlining the division of assets and debts in the event of a divorce or separation. This can help prevent disagreements and conflicts in the future, allowing the couple to focus on the important aspects of their marriage.
Clarifying Financial Responsibilities
Postnuptial agreements can also be beneficial in clarifying financial responsibilities within the marriage. This includes outlining who is responsible for paying certain debts, managing joint accounts, and dividing assets in case of separation. By having a clear understanding of each other's financial responsibilities, couples can avoid misunderstandings and conflicts that may arise in the future.
Protecting Family Assets
Postnuptial agreements can also be used to protect family assets, such as an inheritance or business, in case of a divorce or separation. By outlining how these assets will be divided, couples can ensure that their family assets remain within the family and are not subject to division in a divorce settlement.
At Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A., our experienced family law attorneys are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their postnuptial agreements. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you protect your marriage and assets.
Experienced Attorneys Committed to Our Clients
With offices in both Tampa and St. Petersburg, our skilled attorneys at Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A. can see clients throughout Clearwater, Brandon, Sarasota, Fish Hawk, and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for prenuptial or postnuptial agreements or potential modification to these contracts, turn to our compassionate and knowledgeable team.
Call us at (813) 223-5421 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.
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