If you’re planning to get married, you’re no doubt following your heart, but that doesn’t mean you should act without considering the consequences. There are practical considerations that can make or break a marriage, and many of these are related to finances. To start your marriage off on the right foot, you need to have clarity on such matters and a plan that protects you if things go awry. One very effective tool is a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. These contracts are increasingly viewed as essential, especially for parties who’ve been married before, for two-career couples, or for any persons who have assets and debts they’re bringing to the marriage.
At MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, we are experienced in litigating the enforceability of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that unfairly impact the financial resolution of our clients’ divorce cases. You can trust us to fight diligently to preserve your rights.
Connecticut family law treats a premarital agreement as a contract and will enforce its terms as long as the agreement is:
A premarital agreement becomes legally binding once the marriage takes place. Couples can modify a prenup after marriage or execute a postmarital agreement, but special legal issues must be addressed to make the modified or new agreement enforceable.
Prenups can cover a wide variety of issues, as touching on any of the spouses’ “personal rights and obligations” toward each other. The most common issues Connecticut marital agreements cover are:
A provision eliminating alimony may not be valid if enforcement would require a dependent spouse to go on public assistance. The court can void that section of the agreement but enforce other provisions.
Parents cannot execute an agreement that would deprive their children of reasonable support from one of the parents. However, they can agree on levels of child support to cover items such as private school tuition, extracurricular activities, sports and travel teams, and other expenses that the law would not necessarily require.
MeehanLaw, LLC represents Westport residents in litigating the enforceability of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. To get trustworthy advice and solid legal assistance, call 203-916-1743 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Westport office.