Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into by two people prior to marriage. It's not romantic, but it is smart. The content of a prenuptial agreement varies widely, but commonly includes provisions for the division of property should the couple divorce, and any rights to spousal support during or after the dissolution of marriage. Both spouses should feel they gain from the marital agreement.

The motivation of a person seeking a premarital agreement usually falls into one of two categories - the person with the assets wants his or her separate assets protected in the event of a divorce; or the person who holds few, if any, assets is giving up a career to stay home and raise a family and wants to be financially compensated for the loss of his or her career.

In general, a prenuptial agreement deals with the division of property on separation, inheritance of property, ownership of property (jointly and separately), the right to guide the education and upbringing of their children, and spousal support obligations. The agreements do not deal with child custody issues, or rights to remain in or sell the matrimonial home.

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Property Division

You will receive a straightforward and assertive approach towards property settlements. The fair valuation and division of marital property assets is one of the most complex issues that family law attorneys encounter. Most people aren't aware of the current and future value of their assets. I have a network of experts to assist in accurately valuing businesses, homes, vacation properties, investment real estate, retirement accounts, pensions, and vehicles.

Many people are also not aware of all their spouse's holdings. It is a complex task to locate hidden assets and investment accounts that were not disclosed, and can be quite difficult emotionally to discover your spouse's deception. You need an unbiased investigation into your spouse's possessions, and with property division you cannot assume that you will be awarded a fair property settlement.

I'm quite adept in this area, and will make sure that marriage property is fully valued for fair distribution in a settlement agreement or court order. I will help you recognize what assets are worth fighting for in court, and when it is more cost-effective to negotiate an amicable settlement. Having me as an advocate will help you get the marital property division you are entitled to.

I would be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation. Please contact me directly in the form below, or by phone at (630) 873-8400.


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