Fayetteville Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer
Many people are tempted to dismiss prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as technical contracts that lessen the value of marriages. In reality, they are useful tools that allow both spouses in a marriage to determine important financial and other legal rights, to plan ahead for the future, and protect the ones they care about.
With decades of experience in the area of family law, North Carolina attorney James H. Cooke has represented thousands of clients at every stage of marriage. What this means for clients considering a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is that he has the knowledge and direct experience to take a big-picture approach when evaluating a client’s legal interests. When drafting and executing these documents, it is not enough for a lawyer simply to evaluate circumstances as they are currently, or to think solely about the short term. With our firm, clients can expect that we will carefully evaluate their long-term interests and act accordingly.
Legal Documents Drafted To Meet Your Individual Needs
One of the advantages of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is that it is not a one-size-fits-all document. Quite the opposite: When you meet with our attorney and we discuss what your priorities and concerns are, we can determine how much (or little) your agreement ought to address. These types of agreements commonly cover issues regarding the amount and duration of alimony/spousal support and the distribution of marital assets if the marriage were to end in divorce.
Many factors go into drafting a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, or evaluating one for fairness. These include:
- Ages of the spouses
- Whether this is the first or second marriage for either or both spouses
- The length of the marriage (for postnuptial agreements)
Because these agreements almost always waive important future rights, it is important that our clients have a clear understanding of what an agreement means in practical terms. We spend considerable time ensuring that our clients are well-positioned in a marriage, and know the benefits and drawbacks of entering into an agreement.
While less common, there are still several reasons why couples already in a marriage might decide to execute a post-marital agreement. We can determine when such an agreement is a practical choice in your situation, and how to best protect your long-term future.