Prenuptial agreements are powerful agreements signed by individuals before a wedding and describe how their property should be divided in the event of a divorce. If properly crafted by an experienced family lawyer, a prenup can take precedence over the state laws governing division of assets, which is why couples should think carefully before signing a contract. Law Office of Susan H. Carse, an Anchorage divorce attorney with more than 34 years of experience, lists some of the situations in which you may want to consider a prenup:
- Either party in the marriage has a previous marriage and is bringing a significant number of assets into the marriage.
- Either you or your future spouse has children, whether or not they are from a previous marriage.
- Either of you has a substantially higher income than the other.
- Either you or your spouse owns or has a share in a business.
In most states, equitable distribution and community property laws are sufficient to cover most typical situations, so if none of those situations apply to you, then you probably do not need to worry about a prenuptial agreement. If, however, you expect that any of those conditions may develop after the wedding, you might want to consider it. These agreements also don't cover the unexpected, so if things change, you can always negotiate a post-nuptial agreement later.
Visit the family law specialists at Law Office of Susan H. Carse online, or call (907) 222-3705 to discuss your prenuptial agreement with a family lawyer today.