Family lawyers are finding that couples are increasingly turning to post-nuptial agreements, sometimes referred to as mid-nuptial agreements, to deal with many issues that can arise during a marriage. A post-nuptial agreement differs from a pre-nuptial agreement because it is entered into during the marriage, not before. A post-nuptial agreement addresses issues that might not have existed at the time of the marriage. For example, a spouse that stands to gain an ownership interest in a business or inherit a large amount of money from his or her parents during the marriage may enter into a post-nuptial or mid-nuptial agreement to ensure that the business or inheritance remains in the family. Oftentimes, the parents of the spouse that stands to receive the ownership interest in a family business will condition the transfer of ownership on the signing of a post-nuptial agreement to ensure that the other spouse is not able to gain access to the business in the event of a divorce.
Another situation where a post-nuptial or mid-nuptial agreement is beneficial is when one spouse wants to start a business or take on some other risky investment, with which the other spouse does not agree. Debts that are incurred during the marriage are typically shared in equitable distribution. A post-nuptial agreement can ensure that the spouse taking the risk will be solely responsible for any debts and liabilities associated with the investment should the couple decide to divorce. Post-nuptial agreements are also utilized when one spouse has committed some type of marital misconduct, and may want to show remorse for their wrongdoing by agreeing to give the wronged spouse more than what they would legally be entitled to in the event either one files for divorce, in exchange for the spouse’s forgiveness. Couples may also wish to enter into a post-nuptial or mid-nuptial agreement simply to establish a set of “guidelines” for the marriage, such as setting a budget for household expenses, or how much they will contribute each year to a child’s 529 Plan.
A family lawyer at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman, LLC can help identify whether a post-nuptial or mid-nuptial agreement is right for you and your family. Our attorneys understand the many issues that can emerge as a result of conflicts in a marriage and are practiced in guiding clients through the process of resolving these conflicts. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our skilled family lawyers.
Our experienced family lawyers take the time to fully understand the financial and emotional complexities that can be involved in separating two lives. We offer the patience and resources to effectively guide clients through a divorce, addressing all the challenges they may face in moving forward with their lives. To learn more about how we can help protect your rights and interests in a complex divorce, contact the Pennsylvania divorce attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC.