Marital Agreements

Toledo Marital Agreement Lawyers

Drafting Prenuptial Agreements in Ohio

Most couples enter marriage with the hope that their union will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, not all marriages endure, and many end in divorce. A marital agreement allows couples to prepare for the unexpected by resolving certain issues in advance. At Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC, our Toledo marital agreement attorneys assist clients in creating valid prenuptial agreements tailored to their unique circumstances.

If you are considering a marital agreement, call (419) 842-4629 for legal advice tailored to your situation.

The Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

Marital agreements are not solely for the affluent. Couples from various backgrounds are opting to have an agreement in place before tying the knot for several reasons.

In some instances, a significant disparity in income, assets, or property prompts the need for a marital agreement. Other couples may have children from previous relationships, family-owned property, or inheritances they wish to safeguard. A well-drafted marital agreement can also help prevent contentious disputes over property in the event of a divorce.

Creating a comprehensive agreement provides an opportunity for couples to gain a clear understanding of their finances. Marriage involves merging your life with another person, and during the process of drafting a prenuptial agreement, each party must disclose their financial information, including assets and debts. This transparency can help you enter your marriage with a solid foundation and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Requirements for a Valid Marital Agreement in Ohio

Each state has specific regulations for marital agreements, and ensuring your agreement is valid is crucial to avoid future complications. In Ohio, prenuptial agreements must meet certain conditions to be considered enforceable. If your agreement does not meet these legal requirements, a court may determine 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 your agreement is valid. It is advisable to create a prenuptial agreement well in advance of the wedding to allow time for important decisions and for each party to review the agreement with their attorney. We also recommend that each spouse retains their own legal counsel.

Keep in mind that Ohio does not permit postnuptial agreements. If you are considering a marital agreement, you should finalize it before the wedding.

Dedicated to Protecting Your Interests

Our Toledo marital agreement lawyers offer personalized legal services for every client. We can help you draft a prenuptial agreement or review an agreement that your future spouse has asked you to sign. We will explain the legal requirements, assist you in negotiating an agreement that protects your interests, and ensure that your agreement is valid.

If you need assistance with a prenuptial agreement, please call (419) 842-4629 to arrange a consultation.

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