Prenuptial agreements are an important part of entering into marriage. Contrary to popular belief, having a prenuptial agreement drafted does not mean you are not in love with the person you’re about to marry, or that you foresee divorcing them in the future. However, circumstances change and what we intended to have happen isn’t always the way it plays out. Divorce rates are climbing higher, and are highest among second and third marriages. Having a prenuptial agreement drafted is simply the smart thing to do to protect your assets, your property and your investments in the event that the marriage should at some point dissolve.
What A Prenuptial Agreement Can Help You Protect
There are many things that a prenuptial agreement can help you protect in the event you should enter into a dissolution of marriage in the future, including but not limited to:
- Your children’s right to your estate
- Your right to property and assets attained before the marriage
- Family heirlooms that you want to ensure are left to your children
- Business interests
- Property division in the event of a divorce
- Alimony in the event of a divorce
A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement, but is made during the marriage as opposed to before. Its primary purpose, however, is the same – to protect both parties’ assets and investments in the event of a dissolution of the marriage. If you didn’t create a prenuptial agreement before entering into the marriage, you can still have a postnuptial agreement drafted. Just like with a prenuptial agreement, having a postnuptial agreement drafted does not mean that you assume the marriage will end in divorce – it simply provides you with a way to protect yourself and your assets should such an unfortunate event occur.
At Chopin & Chopin, LP, we have extensive experience with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and can advise you on what your rights under Florida law are, as well as what your options are. Call today to discuss your prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.