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Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

Create a Fair Deal with a Skilled Clearwater Family Law Attorney

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are a healthy way to start a marriage. While some people consider this “planning for failure,” having an open and honest discussion about your finances in the event of a divorce beforehand can clear the air and deepen the trust between both partners.

In order to create a legally binding deal that treats all parties fairly, it is highly recommended that you work with an experienced family law attorney. These matters can be complex, and it can be hard to accurately evaluate what would be a fair distribution of wealth. Working with a legal professional ensures that all the important factors are taken into consideration.

Call Connie R. Stephens, P.A. today at (727) 205-0770 to start planning your pre- or postnuptial agreement with skilled attorney Connie R. Stephens.

Prenuptial Vs. Postnuptial Agreements

Both pre- and postnuptial agreements serve the same purpose, the key difference being one is created before marriage while the other is created during the marriage. A postnuptial agreement can even be, and often is, created after a prenuptial agreement several years later. The longer a couple is together, the more their financial circumstances will change. The agreement you made before your marriage will likely not serve as a fair agreement for the duration of your marriage. Many couples choose to revisit the issue ever 3 to 5 years.

Through pre- and postnuptial agreements, you can:

  • Mark any property that is yours before entering a marriage
  • Create a retirement plan
  • Plan separate or shared savings
  • Agree what expenses will be shared
  • Establish payment plans for one spouse to continue their education
  • Find a resolution to potential conflicts in the event of a separation
  • The financial responsibilities expected of both partners

You should also be aware that there are certain things you cannot establish in a pre or postnuptial agreement. These include child custody, alimony rights, and personal matters like who will be responsible for what chores. Additionally, judges have a duty to scrutinize agreements to ensure there is no financial incentive for either party to encourage a divorce.

Call (727) 205-0770 For Help Creating Your Agreement

There is a lot to consider in pre- and postnuptial agreements, and trying to sort it out alone can feel overwhelming. Connie R. Stephens is a Clearwater family lawyer with 30+ years of experience. She can help you and your spouse create a solid agreement that meets the legal requirements and leaves both of you feeling confident.

To schedule an appointment at Connie R. Stephens, P.A. for pre- and postnuptial agreements, call us at (727) 205-0770.

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