Pre-nuptial agreements are agreements entered into before marriage, while post-nuptial agreements are agreements entered into after marriage. Both types of agreement are designed to prevent disputes over money or other issues by forcing the spouses involved to think about and agree upon issues before a dispute can occur. Occasionally, there are issues that develop regarding the validity or interpretation of these agreements. Family law trials regarding these issues can be extensive, and may be both time-consuming and expensive.
Pre-nuptial agreements commonly include considerations related to finances and property, such as:
- Protecting each spouse’s separate property from becoming the communal property of both spouses
- Ensuring that some or all of the income earned after marriage will belong to one spouse instead of both
- Limiting or eliminating each party’s right to obtain spousal support in the event of divorce
- Governing each spouse’s liability for debts incurred during marriage
- Limiting each spouse’s right to a share of the other’s property in the event of divorce
Post-nuptial agreements are useful when relationships change due to:
- Career changes
- Childbirth or adoption
When you visit Family Arbitration and Mediation Center, we can help you reach an agreement regarding the interpretation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements without lengthy court trials or expensive legal fees. Shelly Grossman is a mediator and arbitrator, which allows her to facilitate discussion to resolve the dispute, and to make a legally binding decision on the interpretation of these agreements.
For more information about pre- and post-nuptial agreement interpretation in the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, area and to make an appointment with Shelly Grossman, call Family Arbitration and Mediation Center today at 610-209-1858.