Entering Into A Marriage? We Can Help Protect Your Rights.
When you decide to get married, it is understandable that the last thing you want to think about is what will happen if your marriage ends in divorce. The reality is that while very few people get married expecting to get divorced, a significant number of marriages end in this way. As a result, it is important for anyone getting married to consider a prenuptial agreement in order to ensure that their legal rights are protected.
At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP, we are committed to helping people enter into prenuptial agreements that accurately reflect their wishes. To discuss your situation with one of our lawyers, contact us online or call our office today.
Prenuptial Agreements In Missouri
A prenuptial agreement, or “prenup,” is a contract entered into by individuals prior to marriage that is intended to control the way that certain issues will be resolved in the event of a divorce. In the absence of a prenup, a court will apply Missouri family law’s default rules in order to determine issues like the way that property will be divided and whether spousal support will be rewarded to one party and how much of it.
For a prenuptial agreement to be enforceable in Missouri, it must be reasonable and fair. In addition, both parties must understand what they are agreeing to and must be acting in good faith. Here are some of the issues that are typically addressed in a standard prenuptial agreement:
- Whether gifts or inheritances will be considered marital property
- Specific assets that will remain separate property
- The way that certain assets will be divided
- The amount of spousal support that will be paid
Importantly, prenuptial agreements cannot control issues related to child custody or child support, as courts make these determinations based on the best interests of the child.
How A Prenup Attorney Can Help You
The law related to prenuptial agreements in Missouri is complicated, and it is highly advisable for anyone considering a prenup to speak to an attorney prior to making any decisions or attempting to execute such an agreement. Some of the specific ways that an attorney can help those considering entering into a prenuptial agreement include the following:
- Determining whether a prenup is appropriate for them
- Identifying issues or specific assets that should be addressed
- Drafting the agreement in a way that accurately reflects your intentions
- Ensuring that you and your future spouse comply with all legal requirements
Call Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP Today To Learn More
A prenuptial agreement can give you significant peace of mind when getting married and can also protect your rights should your relationship sour in the future. At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP, we are attentive and work hard to fully understand our clients’ goals in every case we handle. We will provide you with candid advice regarding your situation and do everything we can to ensure you obtain the best outcome possible. To schedule a free in-person or phone consultation with one of our family law attorneys, contact us online or call our office today at (314) 354-8484.