Prenuptial Agreements in Charleston, WV
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Creating A Strong Foundation For Your Marriage
Prior to getting married, there is often a misconception that prenuptial agreements are a sign of mistrust in one’s spouse, yet this is often not the case. Having a prenuptial agreement in place simply allows you and your partner to have a clear understanding of the division of your assets in the event your marriage prematurely ends and can help clarify certain rights if one of you passes away.
Another benefit of prenuptial agreements is that you can have a safe and open conversation with your potential spouse about your finances, expectations, and future, and start your marriage off with a solid foundation built on trust and honesty. At the Law Office of Pritt & Pritt, PLLC in Charleston, our family law attorneys have the patience and understanding to help simplify this process for you and are always happy to address any questions or concerns you have.
Prenuptial agreements are particularly useful when a couple has children from prior marriages. The prenuptial agreement, if properly done, can help ease tension between a new spouse and children so that everyone’s expectations for the future are clear.
A prenuptial agreement can be utilized to ensure that what you want to pass on to your children when you die is secure. Under WV law, a spouse can sometimes claim what’s called an elective share. This means that even if a spouse receives a given share of an estate based on a will, the spouse can elect to take a greater amount of an estate based on how long the couple has been married. A properly done prenuptial agreement can be drafted so that both parties waive their right to an elective share.
LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE
In the event that you or your spouse feel as though you want to end your marriage and you had not previously established a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you may experience a great deal of tension or hostility when trying to divide your assets. To avoid this, we often recommend that you have at least one of these vital documents drafted and put into place.
A prenuptial agreement often includes:
A clear division of your assets
The allocation of any potential debt
Your financial rights and responsibilities
An outline of the division of your property or estates
A waiver of alimony or a set amount of alimony
BEGIN YOUR MARRIAGE WITH TRUST & HONESTY
At the Law Office of Pritt & Pritt, PLLC we want you and your significant other to have a long, successful marriage. The best way to achieve this is to make sure that you both have a clear understanding of each other’s expectations about your future in the event that your marriage prematurely ends, which is why our Charleston family law attorneys often recommend that you have a prenuptial agreement drafted in our office under the supervision of our caring staff.
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