When you take your marital vows, you are not just agreeing to love and cherish one another for the rest of your lives (although that is important!). You are also agreeing to enter into a contractual relationship in which your rights and responsibilities are heavily regulated by the state in which you live. If you do not enter into a prenuptial agreement, you are agreeing to be bound by the present and/or future laws of your state, whether or not you know them or agree with them, now and in the future. A prenuptial agreement will allow you and your future spouse to decide how your marriage will work, rather than letting the state’s “one size fits all” laws dictate.
The creation of a prenuptial agreement can be a wonderful tool for couples to speak honestly about their finances and expectations for their upcoming marriage, and it allows them to take control of their marriage out of the hands of the state and keep it in their own family.
MEDIATED PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
There is no area of matrimonial and family law that is better suited to mediation than the creation of a prenuptial agreement. The infusion of two divorce attorneys into a new relationship can be damaging. The Law Firm of Julia Maxfield is mindful that a prenuptial agreement should enhance and strengthen the relationship between an engaged couple, and not create acrimony that may hinder the ultimate success of the marriage. The firm can assist you and your prospective spouse in creating a prenuptial agreement that best reflects your joint beliefs about each person’s rights and responsibilities in your future marriage.