Pre- or Post-Nuptial Agreements
Couples planning to marry for the second time or after acquiring individual estates, are well-advised to seek the guidance of a lawyer to create a pre-nuptial agreement establishing guidelines for future support and division of property in the case of divorce or separate maintenance. Such an agreement will set out in detail the assets of each person at the time of the marriage and will designate their ownership in the case of separation or divorce.
While it is not essential, Carol Powell’s experience has shown that, as in other family law areas, mediation can be very useful in facilitating a final agreement. In fact, this is one of the few domestic legal circumstances in which the parties start out in a spirit of good will. Therefore, a thorough and frank discussion of the issues by the parties and their attorneys may avoid the disappointment of one, or both parties, which can accompany a final agreement. Such discussion and agreement can be instrumental in establishing a firm foundation for the couples’ marriage.