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Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements in Raleigh

Understanding and Forming Marital Agreements

As society progresses, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are becoming more and more accepted as a smart decision before, or even during, a marriage and less of a sign of uncertainty in the requesting spouse. The entire purpose of these forms of marital agreements is to accept and acknowledge that no one can predict the future. Unforeseen circumstances may try even the strongest of marriages, and it is understandable to want to have some preparations in place, just in case.


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No Harm in Expecting the Unexpected

Prenuptial agreements, as the name suggests, are created before the marriage contract is finalized. The agreement is designed to outline the disposition of property and finances that will go into effect once the marriage becomes official. In a prenuptial agreement, the property of each individual is addressed, including any legal, equitable, real, or earned property.

When designing a prenuptial agreement, the document must be signed by both parties in writing for it to be legally valid. This may be the proper time for you to go over this decision one more time with your soon-to-be spouse. With a family lawyer present, you can both ensure that the plan is the solution you are looking for, and if it is not, you can evaluate other options.

Differences Between Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Much like a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement will address the same important issues regarding each spouse's separate property. The key difference is that postnuptial agreements are created after the marriage has been made official. Once a postnuptial agreement is finalized and legally valid, it has the same influence as a prenuptial agreement would in the same situation.

What are the benefits of prenuptial or postnuptial agreements?

  • Protecting family business assets.
  • Protecting pre-marital property.
  • Protection for the spouse that sacrifices a career for the marriage.
  • Protection from debts incurred before the marriage.
  • Provide for elderly parents in the future.
  • Shielding children from possible litigation.
  • The ability to provide for and pass on to children from a prior marriage.

The best postnuptial agreements are the ones that are not sprung on your spouse in surprise. We encourage you to openly speak with your loved one about why you want to create a postnuptial agreement. It should be explained that it is nothing more than a legal document and does not indicate that you believe your marriage is faltering.

Raleigh Family Law Attorneys Promoting Harmony

If you and your future or current spouse are considering entering into a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, it is helpful to you both, as well as to your family, to meet with a trustworthy and caring attorney about the requirements for a mutually beneficial agreement. At Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC, we are honored to say that we have helped numerous couples navigate this tricky yet ultimately positive legal pathway. Through our dedication to our cause and compassion for our clients, we can set you and your spouse up for a more comfortable future.


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