When you contemplate getting married or divorced, it is a good idea to consult a knowledgeable Clearwater family attorney for guidance on drafting a marital agreement. A marital agreement is a carefully written contract between two people who intend to get married or who are already married. The agreement states how important financial matters will be handled during a marriage or in the event of divorce or death.
The insight of an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. can help make your marital agreement as comprehensive and fair as possible. Call today for a consultation!
In a Florida divorce, state law controls spousal rights.
It is common for couples to draw up an agreement if either spouse has children from a previous marriage or if there is a major difference between the financial resources of the parties.
Couples draft prenuptial agreements before they get married. Under Florida's Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, an agreement becomes effective as soon as the marriage takes place. Couples often consider drafting postmarital agreements if their circumstances change during the course of their marriage.
It's important to have a qualified attorney negotiate and draft your prenuptial agreement to avoid a future challenge that could invalidate the agreement. If you or your spouse do not disclose all assets and liabilities and negotiate the document in good faith, a court may declare it unenforceable. As a board-certified marital and family law attorney, K. Dean Kantaras can help you avoid such pitfalls and advise you on the best course for your unique situation.
A married couple may write a postnuptial agreement after experiencing significant financial change or after a period of conflict.
It is important that postnuptial agreements be voluntary. Should a court find coercion, it may void the agreement. Under Florida law, should a postmarital agreement waive the rights of one spouse on the death of the other spouse, both spouses are required to make a full and fair disclosure of assets. A skilled divorce attorney in Palm Harbor can help spouses determine the appropriateness of a postnuptial agreement given their circumstances and concerns.
Contact an experienced and dependable Florida attorney for marital agreements!
If you have any doubts about drafting a marital agreement, it is critical that you seek advice from a lawyer who is well-versed in family law. K. Dean Kantaras is board-certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar and provides valuable insight into the legal and practical implications of a marital agreement. With offices in Clearwater / Largo and Palm Harbor, we serve the Tampa & St. Petersburg area.
Call us today at (727) 939-6113 to schedule a consultation with our team.