THE DIVORCE RATE FOR FIRST-TIME MARRIAGES APPROACHES 50%, ACCORDING TO MANY SURVEYS.
The number is even higher for second and third marriages. A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is a legal document that determines property rights should a marriage fail. There are many people who lambaste prenuptial agreements as being predictive of a doomed marriage. However, we are unaware of any spouse that has ever walked into our office seeking a divorce and who also planned on getting a divorce on their wedding day. As unromantic as it might seem at first, a prenup can be assurance to both spouses, that if for any sad reason hearts and minds change, there is already an exit strategy that will prevent WWIII. If you want a prenup drafted, or if you want advice concerning a prenup that was given to you, we are here to assist you.
Integrity Law’s team of attorneys is highly qualified and experienced in drafting prenuptial agreements. People are often so caught up in the event of getting married, they forget to think about a prenuptial agreement and its importance. While there is often a negative connotation surrounding prenuptial agreements, we believe everyone deserves to have their assets protected in the event of an unforeseen circumstance.
We often receive questions about what prenups can contain. According to Florida Statutes 61.079, they may contain:
- The rights and obligations of each of the parties in any of the property of either or both of them whenever and wherever acquired or located;
- The right to buy, sell, use, transfer, exchange, abandon, lease, consume, expend, assign, create a security interest in, mortgage, encumber, dispose of, or otherwise manage and control property;
- The disposition of property upon separation, marital dissolution, death, or the occurrence or nonoccurrence of any other event;
- The establishment, modification, waiver, or elimination of spousal support;
- The making of a will, trust, or other arrangement to carry out the provisions of the agreement;
- The ownership rights in and disposition of the death benefit from a life insurance policy;
- The choice of law governing the construction of the agreement; and
- Any other matter, including their personal rights and obligations, not in violation of either the public policy of this state or a law imposing a criminal penalty.
If you have any questions regarding prenuptial agreements, please contact us at (904)-224-2100.
Legally agreeing to cohabitate is a lot like getting married. Cohabiting couples are treated similarly to married couples when applying for mortgages and adopting children. Integrity Law has a staff that is well-versed in drafting these agreements and can find ways to legally benefit your relationship. If you have any questions about the process or any further questions about cohabitation please contact us at (904)-224-2100.