"I can help you determine if a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is necessary or fair in your case. I also handle divorces where one of these agreements is in place." — Columbia, MO Attorney Myia McKenna
Many people used to believe that pre-nuptial agreements or "pre-nups" were for the rich and famous. Today they are commonly used for anyone who has pre-marital or separate assets, a business, family farm, or children to protect. Prenuptial agreements, as the name implies, are entered into before a marriage takes place. Post-nuptial agreements are made after two people are already married.
Under Missouri law, you can contract with your spouse or intended spouse to define what is or is not marital property and what will or will not be considered marital property in the event of your death or divorce. If properly entered into and executed, both types of agreements are enforceable to carry out the parties' intentions as stated in the contract. The agreements can also address maintenance and attorney fees in the event of divorce.
Prenuptial agreements can provide asset protection and peace of mind for both parties because they remove unknowns and can avoid costly and unpleasant divorce or estate litigation. We can discuss your objectives and help you determine if a prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement is necessary or appropriate to meet them. I also consult with parties who are presented with a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that their spouse or intended spouse / fiancé wants them to sign. Both parties need to be well advised by experienced counsel in determining whether or not to enter into a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
I also handle divorces where such an agreement is in place. I am well-prepared to challenge the validity or enforceability of the agreements when circumstances warrant, or to defend such challenges as the case may be.
If you are in Columbia or elsewhere in Central Missouri, we encourage you to contact McKenna Family Law to speak with us about how we can help you with a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.