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Prenuptial Agreements

5 Signs You Shouldn't Be Getting Married (Even if the Wedding Is Already Planned)

Sandy Malone | Posted 03.26.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Some couples weren't meant to be married to each other. Ever. That's a cold, harsh thing for a wedding planner to say - heck, I need clients - but I think it's important for brides and grooms to realize that the simple act of having planned a wedding doesn't actually mean they have to get married.

The Prenuptial Agreement Cannot Be a Secret

Fred Silberberg | Posted 03.10.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Times have changed. In the not-too-distant past, prenuptial agreements were not for everyone. The vast majority of people got married without one. The general consensus was that such agreements were only for the 'rich and famous.' In today's climate, people are seemingly more sophisticated than in the past.

3 Ways to Protect Your Personal Injury Award or Settlement from Your Divorce

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

What happens to your money from a personal injury award or settlement, when you divorce? The short answer is, "It depends."

Common Prenuptial Agreement Legal Issues

Brad Reid | Posted 02.18.2015 | Weddings
Brad Reid

It is often argued that prenuptial agreements reflect a lack of trust. However, we live in a trust but verify era of relationships as illustrated by numerous background check services.

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.13.2015 | Weddings
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Strengthening the shared commitment and practicing mutual generosity, compassion, honesty, kindness, and respect are all ways of maximizing the likelihood of not only staying together, but of experiencing greater fulfillment over time.

The New Collaborative Marriage Is Worth More Than Flowers or Chocolate on Valentine's Day

Dennis S. Lerner | Posted 02.13.2015 | Weddings
Dennis S. Lerner

When couples marry for the first time -- increasingly in their thirties -- they aren't saying "'til death do us part" any more, but making up their own conditional standard of commitment, like, "as long as we love."

Lawyer Paternalism Is A Very Serious Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 03.20.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The "temporary incompetence" of clients due to their emotional state and the attorneys' paternalistic attitude toward clients create a lack of understanding on the part of both the attorney and the client. This is the legal equivalent of a ship that hits rocks, runs aground, veers off course, and possibly sinks.

Why You Shouldn't Sign a Prenup

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 01.12.2015 | Weddings
Tamara Shayne Kagel

We all hope for the best when we get married, imagining that we will still be head over heels, 40 years down the line. And even though for some of us, inevitably that will not be true, we all benefit from believing it is.

Prenuptial Agreements: The Ultimate Symbol of Love?

Justine Borer | Posted 10.22.2014 | Divorce
Justine Borer

Marriage is a profound and public proclamation of love and it is also a government-sanctioned economic partnership with attendant rights and responsibilities.

A Premarital Agreement Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 08.26.2014 | Weddings
Brad Reid

While a will may transfer property at death, a premarital agreement may clarify what property is subject to the provisions of a will as well as address inheritance and probate matters.

One Year After Supreme Court DOMA Ruling, Same-Sex Couples More Aware of Legal Options

Maria Cognetti | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Maria Cognetti

Interestingly enough, even American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers members in the states that currently don't allow same-sex marriage have noted an increased number of consultations with same-sex couples to discuss cohabitation agreements and other legal strategies.

Do Prenups Ruin Romance?

Mindy Utay | Posted 07.07.2014 | Weddings
Mindy Utay

A prenup is not about distrust, control, or impending doom; it's about planning and protecting finances for both of you. Once the prenup signed, let your lawyers keep the document. Go on your honeymoon, and forget the papers were ever drafted!

5 Money Questions To Ask Before Your Wedding Day

Chris Easter | Posted 05.10.2014 | Weddings
Chris Easter

Talking about money might not be as fun as discussing the songs your reception band will play or the tropical location in which you'll be honeymoon...

A Post-Valentine's Post: Smart Girls Get Prenups

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 04.21.2014 | Divorce
Margaret M. Kruse

So you got the tiny blue box tied in white ribbon for Valentine's Day, huh? After you've contacted your insurance agent, there's one more call you need to make -- your family law expert.

What You Should Know About Prenups

Caroline Choi | Posted 04.02.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Yes, it may be unromantic to discuss finances in the event of a divorce, but on the other hand, it is romantic to know that the person you are committing to for the rest of your life is open to discussing any issue, whether it be boring and even emotionally complicated.

Love Contract for the President of France?

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 03.24.2014 | Divorce
Ann Margaret Carrozza

Congratulations to the newly public couple, Francois Hollande and Julie Gayet. I have two pieces of advice for Ms Gayet: Don't get too comfortable and do get a Love Contract.

Why I'm Getting A Prenup -- And You Should Too

LearnVest | Posted 02.25.2014 | Women
LearnVest

Considering the divorce rate, it was basic logic to protect not just your assets but yourself as a whole, from losing it all. However, now, as a newly engaged woman whose cynicism had been diluted by love, it seemed like such a negative way to look at my future with Olivier.

3 Things To Consider Before Asking For A Prenup

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2014 | Divorce

By Geoff Williams NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - You could say Jennifer Fugo, 33, is part of a new prenup generation. She and her husban...

10 Prenup Mistakes That Will Cost You

David Centeno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
David Centeno

These are some of the most common pitfalls of a prenuptial agreement, but please remember it is not meant to serve as an exhaustive list. As always, seek the advice of a competent attorney before executing a prenuptial agreement.

Heading to Divorce Court With a Prenuptial Agreement

Alton Abramowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Alton Abramowitz

People are finding that as their investments and assets begin increasing in value in the aftermath of the Great Recession, they are becoming more adverse to sharing these gains in a potential divorce.

Mediator as Truthsayer

Laurie Israel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Laurie Israel

The most important factor in mediation success and not allowing the mediator's "truth" derail the process is that the mediator has respect for both clients. This respect should be evident and actual -- demonstrated by words, listening, comments, and structure -- or else the moment of "truth" might be too dangerous.

The Surprising Prenup Trend Among Women

Posted 10.22.2013 | Divorce

If you think prenups are just for celebrities or the super wealthy, think again. According to a new survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial ...

The Marital Arrangement That Has ‘Catastrophic Repercussions'

Susan Pease Gadoua | Posted 11.16.2013 | Divorce
Susan Pease Gadoua

The story that always breaks my heart is when someone who has been married for many years (usually her entire adult life) is faced with divorce and she has absolutely no clue about the couple's financial picture.

Forget Romance: Relationships Need to Get Contractual

Simone Collins | Posted 10.23.2013 | Weddings
Simone Collins

If your relationship cannot even withstand a discussion of responsibilities and shared expectations, you have no hope of surviving real challenges as they come your way.

Q-and-A for Same-Sex Couples About to Get Married: The Legal Ramifications

Fred Silberberg | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Fred Silberberg

Marriage equality is now the law in the most populous state, California, but there are considerations unique to our state's community property system of which people may not necessarily be aware. The following Q-and-A raises some of those issues.