Straight Talk On Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements

A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is the equivalent of "marriage insurance." These agreements attempt to help you protect your earnings and assets in case your marriage doesn't work out. When properly negotiated, these agreements benefit both spouses. The only difference between the two is that a prenuptial agreement is created before a marriage, and a postnuptial agreement is crafted after you have been married.

My team at The Carver Law Firm, L.L.C., in Myrtle Beach can negotiate and create a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that best meets your needs. I am principal attorney Lisa Marie Carver and I, along with my experienced staff, can explain the process to you one step at a time, and create provisions that will protect your assets. We have access to tax professionals, financial experts and accountants who can testify on your behalf.

Why You Need A Prenuptial Agreement

Marriage and financial experts encourage couples to discuss their personal finance situations before marriage. Failing to create a properly worded prenuptial agreement may result in incompatibility regarding saving, spending and investing philosophies.

A prenuptial agreement is not a precursor to divorce. It's a practical and sensible precaution to take when merging finances, assets and debts. With an agreement in place, you will avoid common pitfalls experienced by couples going through the divorce.

If one spouse comes into a marriage with significant debt, a prenuptial agreement can clarify who will be responsible for paying that debt.

Why You May Need A Postnuptial Agreement

After people get married, their finances can change significantly. They may have made more money and have accumulated more assets. This is a big reason why some couples should consider a postnuptial agreement. A postnuptial agreement is useful if:

  • You didn't create a prenuptial agreement.
  • You wish to avoid a contentious child custody battle. Through a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you can make determinations concerning child custody and visitation in the event a divorce occurs.
  • You wish to stipulate to child support or spousal support payment amounts.
  • You have children from a prior marriage. A postnuptial agreement can specify assets that will go to your children.
  • You own a business. The agreement could protect assets that you've accumulated with your startup business, and provide direction on how the business is to proceed after the marriage is over.
  • You don't want courts dividing your property and assets for you. Such an agreement can determine who takes possession of wedding gifts and family heirlooms.

Get Experienced Guidance

We provide South Carolina residents with straightforward, common sense advice. I, along with my knowledgeable and understanding staff at The Carver Law Firm, L.L.C., in Myrtle Beach, can assist you in creating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We will give you the answers that you need. Email us or call 843-502-0368 or toll free at 866-623-7040.