Prenuptial Agreement

What is a prenuptial agreement and how does it work?

A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into between two people that anticipate marriage but want to keep certain of their assets separate from the marital estate. The contract is also used to pre settle or predetermine decisions on certain issues should the parties end up divorced.

Why would a person/persons need or want a prenuptial agreement?

People typically enter into prenuptial agreements to insulate or keep assets they owned prior to the marriage apart from their spouse. Sometimes, these assets were acquired through family, generation upon generation, or through the hard work and effort of a life prior to the new relationship. Those properties are kept separate and apart from the marital estate and would not be subject to division with your spouse in the event of divorce.

What kind of things go into a prenuptial agreement?

Provisions regarding the award of alimony, real estate or the division of bank and other financial accounts are addressed in prenuptial agreements.

Can a Postnuptial Agreement be Done? If so how does that work?

A postnuptial agreement can be done and Rhode Island does recognize them, but unlike a prenup there is no statute that governs them. A postnuptial agreement in entered into after marriage and typically in contemplation of divorce.

Why should I seek your firm to help my prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement?

The attorneys on staff at Martineau Davis & Associates have written many prenup and postnup agreements over the years. We are familiar with the Rhode Island statute that governs them. We have represented many clients in divorce who have had prenup or postnup agreements. Our experience in this area helps clients navigate not only the preparation of such an agreement but also its use in the event of divorce.

Martineau Davis & Associates is committed to aggressive advocacy for our clients while maintaining the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and ethical standards. Contact us at 401-398-8333.

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