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Helping you make financial decisions to protect your marriage
A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two parties who plan on getting married.
A postnuptial agreement is a contract between the parties after they are married. These types of agreements help prevent time-consuming and expensive disputes if one of the spouses die or the parties get divorced in the future. At McIntyre Law Office, PC, it is my goal to help couples effectively plan their life together. By outlining how certain matters are to be handled in the event your marriage ends, a contract can prevent numerous arguments. I can help you plan for your future and prevent fighting and litigation.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreement requirements
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are helpful, regardless of the number of assets or the amount of wealth involved. Creating these types of contracts can ensure that you and your loved one are in agreement on how property division should be treated if unforeseen events occur. A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement must:
- Be obtained with full disclosure of assets, without fraud, duress, mistake or misrepresentation
- Be fair to both parties
- Confirm that both parties have the opportunity to seek independent counsel
When are prenuptial agreements helpful?
Many people believe that signing a prenuptial agreement is like guaranteeing a divorce. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Having financial discussions before you get married helps you resolve numerous issues before they evolve into heated arguments. Additionally, prenuptial agreements are helpful in second and third marriages, especially if children from a first marriage are involved. A premarital contract can ensure that your children’s rights to inherit certain assets are protected.
Prenuptial agreements can also be a wise choice for people who own small family businesses, own assets that could be profitable in the future, are likely to receive inheritances or desire to cover alimony issues in the event of a divorce.
Does a prenuptial agreement cover child support?
Michigan law specifically provides that the right of a child to financial support may not be adversely affected by a premarital agreement. In fact, any provision relating to the care, custody and visitation rights of a child is subject to judicial review and modification.
Contact a skilled attorney to discuss your prenuptial or postnuptial agreement
If you want to take a proactive approach to your relationship and your finances, call McIntyre Law Office, PC to schedule a confidential consultation. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and flexible hours are available by appointment. Call 269-459-1400 or visit the firm’s online contact page.