We help clients prepare a variety of domestic relations legal agreements. Each situation is unique so the type and the scope of the agreement are specific to each client. A few of the agreements that we commonly prepare include:
Prenups are one of the most frequently requested family law instruments. A core benefit of a prenup is that each party understands their rights from the outset. A prenup can help eliminate the costly battles that often occur when a marriage dissolves. Our family law attorneys can help you negotiate and prepare an agreement that protects your interests and addresses your unique concerns going into a marriage. In cases where we were not involved with the preparation of the Prenup, we are often asked to evaluate prenups during the divorce to help invalidate or overturn them.
Many marriages dissolve by mutual agreement with minimal contention. When both parties are able to agree in principle to the separation and the division of property, then the terms just need to be established and formalized in a legal document, that will be binding on both individuals and their heirs, assigns and surviving kin. We represent many clients in this type of situation. We can help negotiate the terms of the agreements, advise you on a reasonable position that protects your best interests, and then either create or finalize the agreement with the opposing attorney.
Sometimes spouses are able to reconcile after a separation. Quite frequently this is based on either party agreeing to stop behavior that was damaging to the relationship. However, reconciliation might not be ultimately achieved because it is being pursued by one of the parties purely for tactical purposes. In this instance (as well as in other cases) a Post-Nuptial Agreement offers a solution. This type of agreement establishes terms for reconciliation and may also establish the terms for separation, including addressing support and property issues, if the reconciliation fails. It serves to detect the party with motives other than reconciliation, while providing peace of mind to the party truly seeking reconciliation by eliminating the uncertainty of divorce and separation. Thus, it also gives the parties the ability to focus on reconciliation rather than on the implications of failure to reconcile.
Of course, these are only a few examples of agreements that can be developed to protect your interests. They can also be used to avoid problems. Separation agreements help avoid future claims of abandonment especially when custody is involved.