Marriage Agreements

Louisville Prenuptial Agreement Attorneys

Kentucky Antenuptial Lawyers

There are many reasons to enter into a prenuptial agreement or postnuptial marriage agreement. It is much more common these days for people to wait longer to be married and to be married more than once.  What happens when you have substantial assets prior to entering a new marriage?  How do you protect the inheritance rights of children from a prior marriage when entering a new relationship?  A valid and well-crafted prenuptial agreement will prevent a lengthy and costly divorce trial.  In addition, a prenuptial agreement can alter the law as to what happens at the time of divorce or death.

It may seem as if a prenuptial agreement expects the relationship to fail or end in a divorce.  This is not the case.  A prenuptial agreement simply acknowledges the success or creation of assets that one spouse has enjoyed prior to entering into the marriage.   In some cases, extended family members, heirs and beneficiaries may feel one of the parties is marrying the other in order to take advantage of them or gain access to their money or resources.  This can cause unnecessary friction in a relationship. The prenuptial agreement is a sound legal instrument to demonstrate the independence of the new spouse and provides protections for existing wealth, and separate property.

Many people believe a prenuptial agreement is designed to protect a person of substance from someone who may be entering the relationship with ulterior motives. While this issue is addressed as part of any standard agreement, the prenuptial is simply a way to clearly establish assets that are brought into the marriage and how they will be handled in the event of divorce or the passing of one of the spouses.

These contracts allow couples to make decisions regarding property that is to remain the “separate” asset(s) of a spouse prior to marriage. Marriage agreements allow the parties to agree upon spousal support obligations if the marriage is unsuccessful, and to designate which property belongs to whom while protecting inheritance interests, family trusts and business assets. Prenuptial agreements can even protect income earned during the marriage and assets purchased during the marriage.  At Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky, we are experienced with drafting ante-nuptial and prenuptial agreements. We can help you with your marriage contract, so that you may enter your new relationship or continue in a marriage with freedom and peace of mind.

Prenuptial agreements can be complex, involving your alimony/spousal support obligations, financial security and your business. Contact our law firm in Jefferson County to protect your rights.

Knowledgeable Louisville Prenuptial Contract Lawyers

Your marital agreement is an important contract between you and your spouse. At Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC we understand a prenuptial agreement must be drafted carefully in order to be enforceable. Kentucky law states that various requirements must be met, including, but not limited to:

  • Full and fair disclosure of assets
  • The agreement is not unconscionable at the time of signing
  • The agreement is not unconscionable at the time of enforcement
  • The spouse signing the prenuptial agreement was not under duress

Our postnuptial and prenuptial agreement lawyers will work with you to draft an ironclad document, in order to protect your separate property, or anticipated wealth such as an inheritance or family business ownership.  If you already have children and are considering a new marriage, a prenuptial agreement can protect your assets to ensure that they pass to your children.  In addition, our estate planning and trust attorneys can also help to design a new trust for you and your future spouse or a separate trust altogether in order to protect the assets you wish to ensure pass to specific heirs and beneficiaries

Challenging Unfair Prenuptial or Postnuptial Marital Agreements

In some instances, marriage agreements are found to be unconscionable either at the time of signing or at the time of enforcement or the product of duress. If you feel that your marital contract is unfair to you, our Kentucky family law lawyers will meet with you to evaluate your case to help you obtain a fair result.

Contact a Kentucky Prenuptial and Postnuptial Attorney

It is important to enter into a marriage with clear communications and understandings with your new spouse.  A prenuptial or antenuptial agreement can protect assets you’ve developed prior to marriage, and protect existing children or future acquisition of wealth.  Postnuptial agreements can help to heal bitter division and prevent future discord.  If you are interested in additional information about marital agreements we invite you to call today at 866-674-1924 or 502-584-1108 or contact Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC by e-mail for a consultation with an experienced Louisville Kentucky, prenuptial agreement lawyer.

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