Lucas County Marital Agreement Lawyers
Drafting Prenuptial Agreements in Ohio
Most couples get married expecting their union to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and many marriages end in divorce. A marital agreement allows couples to expect the best but prepare for the worst by resolving certain issues in advance. At Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC, our Lucas County marital agreement attorneys help clients create valid prenuptial agreements.
The Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement
Marital agreements are not just for the wealthy. Couples from all walks of life are choosing to have an agreement in place before saying “I do” for a number of reasons.
In some cases, a substantial difference in income, assets, or property is the main reason for a marital agreement. Other couples may have children from previous marriages, family property, or inheritances that they want to protect. A well-constructed marital agreement can also help to prevent contentious battles over property in the event of a divorce.
Taking the time to create a comprehensive agreement provides an opportunity for a couple to clearly understand their finances. When you get married, you are merging your life with another person. During the process of creating a prenuptial agreement, each party must disclose information about their finances, including assets and debts. This can help you enter your marriage with a stronger foundation and avoid unpleasant surprises.
Requirements for a Valid Marital Agreement
Each state has set regulations for marital agreements, and it is important to make sure your agreement is valid to avoid problems in the future. In Ohio, prenuptial agreements must meet certain conditions to be considered valid. If your agreement does not meet the legal requirements, a court could determine that it is not enforceable in a future divorce.
The requirements for a valid prenuptial agreement in Ohio include:
- Full disclosure of the property and value of each spouse’s property
- Both spouses signing the agreement without fraud or coercion
- Terms that do not encourage divorce
There are additional steps that can be taken to ensure that your agreement is valid. It is best to create a prenuptial agreement well in advance of the wedding to give you time to make important decisions and review the agreement with your attorney. We also recommend that each spouse retains their own attorney.
Keep in mind that Ohio does not allow post nuptial agreements. If you are considering a marital agreement, you should decide before the wedding.
Dedicated to Protecting Your Interests
Our Lucas County marital agreement lawyers offer personalized legal services for every client. We can help you create a prenuptial agreement or review an agreement that your future spouse has asked you to sign. We will explain the legal requirements, help you negotiate an agreement that protects your interests, and ensure that your agreement is valid.
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