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Most people don’t plan their wedding with the idea their marriage will end one day. When you say “I do” it’s supposed to be forever, right?
The reality is that many marriages don’t work out. Marriage takes two people, and you simply can’t control how the other person acts or thinks. Relationships sometimes break down.
Although some people view premarital agreements with disdain, they probably wouldn’t sneer at the idea of auto insurance or homeowner’s insurance. You don’t get in your car thinking you will be involved in a crash, but it’s definitely nice knowing you have insurance in case you do. Similarly, most people don’t spend a lot of time worrying their basement will flood, but knowing you’re insured against costly home repairs can help you sleep at night.
Premarital agreements serve the same purpose. Also known as prenuptial agreements, or prenups, they are insurance against the possibility of divorce. With a prenuptial agreement, you and your intended spouse can make important decisions about how you want your case to unfold in the event you decide to go your separate ways. By making these decisions ahead of time, while you both have a cool head, you can avoid potentially costly and time-consuming court battles later on.
Premarital Agreements Are on the Rise
If the idea of a premarital agreement sounds good to you, you’re not alone. It’s tough to determine just how many people opt for a premarital agreement each year, but a recent survey of family law lawyers reveals that 65 percent reported an increase in the number of clients seeking a premarital agreement.
Clearly, the stigma surrounding premarital agreements is slowly disappearing. Today’s couples view these agreements as smart decisions that protect them from lengthy, expensive legal conflicts.
What a Florida Premarital Agreement Can Do for You
To be valid in Florida, a premarital agreement must satisfy several criteria. Before you sign any agreement, it’s important to make sure it complies with state law. Otherwise, a court could rule that your premarital agreement is not enforceable.
Florida premarital agreements must be in writing. Also, both parties must enter into the agreement willingly. If one spouse can show he or she was coerced or pressured into signing the agreement, a court can declare the whole thing invalid. Premarital agreements must also be fair, which means they can’t be written with an intent to leave one party financially insecure or destitute.
Work with a Jacksonville Premarital Agreement Lawyer
Attorney Maria Rogers is a committed, compassionate advocate who works hard to make sure her clients understand their rights and their options. You are unique – so is your case. Don’t settle for cookie cutter legal representation. Call FLA Legal Professionals today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.