While divorce is the last thing on a couple’s mind when they’re planning to get married, ensuring financial security in the event of a divorce is worthwhile. To do so, the couple can enter into a prenuptial agreement, signing a contract which details their wishes on issues such as property division and spousal support. Prenuptial agreements are becoming more common, especially when it comes to second marriages and blended families.
If you are interested in carefully drafting a prenuptial agreement, our Annapolis family law attorney at DiPietro Law Group, PLLC can help make sure the contract is valid and enforceable if need be. We possess the comprehensive knowledge of Maryland law and understand the intricacies of crafting a legitimate prenup.
Enforcing Prenuptial Agreements
A prenuptial agreement is a contract two people enter into prior to marriage. Generally, the purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to determine who the couple will divide property, handle debts, and deal with other financial issues in the event of a divorce. Additionally, it can state the couple’s wishes as to how they want to handle these issues throughout the marriage.
Prenups can help you protect assets you own before getting married from ending up going to your spouse after a divorce and protect you from inheriting your spouse’s debts. If you are planning on giving an inheritance to your kids from a previous marriage, you may want to protect it by drafting a prenuptial agreement.
In Maryland, all prenups need to be in writing. At least two people must witness the signing of the agreement, then sign the document themselves. Either spouse or a spouse’s attorney should then file the agreement to the county superior court clerk’s office where either of them resides, preferably within three months of the signing date. In the event of a divorce, the judge will decide whether the agreement is enforceable.
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Having a lawyer review a prenuptial agreement is critical to ensuring the document fulfills your needs and is valid in court. Our Annapolis divorce attorneys are qualified to negotiate, draft, and review prenuptial agreements.
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