Protect Your Relationship With A Marital Agreement
In the past, when a couple signed a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, it was viewed as a sign that the couple lacked trust in each other. Today, many people have realized that these agreements are useful tools that can make any eventual breakup less difficult and less painful.
At The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn, our attorneys draft and review these agreements for our Pennsylvania clients. We know that it can be difficult to think about divorce, especially when you are just getting married. Because we recognize that every couple is different, we take the time to sit down and listen to each client’s concerns. If after that conversation we believe you could benefit from a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, we can negotiate and draft one for you. In some cases, we have recommended against these agreements. The decision depends on your goals and your vision for the future.
When Do Prenuptial Or Postnuptial Agreements Make Sense?
The main advantage of these agreements is that they allow a couple to decide how property should be divided if the marriage ends in divorce. The agreements can also include the amount of alimony that needs to be paid, if any. By deciding these issues ahead of time, a contentious court battle can potentially be avoided. Child custody, however, cannot be decided in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
Our attorneys often encourage clients to consider a prenuptial agreement when:
- One or both spouses have children from earlier marriages.
- One spouse has significantly more income or assets than the other.
- A spouse owns a business that they do not want to be divided in the event of divorce.
- You have inherited significant assets and do not want them divided upon divorce.
The key to creating an enforceable agreement is full disclosure. If both parties fully disclose their assets to each other, then Pennsylvania courts will usually uphold the agreement, even if it gives one spouse significantly more assets than the other.
Contact Our Philadelphia Family Law Attorneys
If you have questions about prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, we are here to provide accurate answers. To arrange a consultation at The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn, call 215-545-3338 or toll-free at 866-657-7318. You can also contact our Philadelphia law firm online.