Montgomery County Pre-Marital Agreement Lawyer
A premarital agreement, also called a prenuptial, ante-nuptial, or pre-nuptial agreement, is a legal document signed and agreed upon before legally entering into a marriage. There are also legal contracts you can have drawn up known as pre-cohabitation agreements which work in similar ways if you are not married. These agreements are not necessary in order to get married but many couples are having them drafted and they can be a strong safeguard should anything happen.
These pre-marital agreements outline what will happen with the couple’s finances and property should the relationship end. There are several new laws surrounding same sex couples who live together which are also included in these agreements. The pre-marital agreements are legally binding documents that have the power of the law behind them. This means that they can be enforced by some outside governmental agency. If you or someone you love is considering getting an agreement or are having problems because of an existing agreement contact the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, PC at (610) 645-0100 immediately.
Included in these premarital or pre-cohabitation agreements are full disclosures about the earnings of both individuals involved. All earnings, property holdings and any other financially related item must be disclosed on the agreements. These agreements outline how the property is to be divided if the relationship ends. The agreement will also include how any property made, bought or sold during the relationship will be split up if the relationship ends. The premarital or pre-cohabitation agreement should also include information about what to do if any children are involved.
These agreements often include any future earnings and alimony or spousal support payments that must be handled in the future should a relationship break up. The agreement can and should also be conditional, that is, the money and property should only be split in certain ways as long as the break up or relationship is amicable. Cheating, stealing, child or spousal abuse or other violations of the law should be mentioned in any pre-marital or pre-cohabitation agreement.
An agreement can and should be drafted and filed by an attorney representing each member of the relationship. Attorneys for each member will develop the details of the agreement and usually come to some sort of contract that both members can sign off on. Once the agreement is signed by all parties, including the attorneys, it becomes an enforceable legal document. A lawyer sponsored premarital or co-habitation agreement is more legally enforceable than one drafted and signed by the couple themselves.
If you have any questions regarding the pre-marital or co-habitation agreement process contact our offices immediately. Sheryl R. Rentz has a family law office in Montgomery County, PA and is fully familiar with the particulars of each states’ premarital and co-habitation agreement laws. Contact us at (866) 290-9292 for a free evaluation and consultation today.
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