Don't let love cloud your judgment. Get a prenuptial agreement before you tie the knot.
Congratulations to you in finding someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. Its an exciting new journey that will change your life.
Before you put a ring on it, you should consider getting a Prenuptial Agreement drafted, especially if:
you have an interest in a business,
you are a high-income earner,
you have personal wealth prior to marriage,
your future spouse may have debts, or
children from a previous marriage.
Contrary to their reputation, properly prepared prenuptial agreements can set forth each party’s wishes in regard to spousal support and the division of property, regardless of how it is titled, in the event of divorce or death.
Existing property: Prenuptial agreements can identify which property that currently exists, or which might exist in the future, would be each spouse’s separate property and which property would be considered marital property subject to division in a divorce.
Future Earnings and Asset Appreciation: Prenuptial agreements are also useful to protect future earnings and asset appreciation at the time of divorce, saving consideration litigation of property issues.
Since prenuptial agreements must be executed well in advance of any marriage ceremony, it is important for you to seek advice from an attorney with experience in drafting these agreements. Spencer & Stahl has expertise in the preparation, negotiation and drafting of prenuptial agreements that will protect you. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Chad G. Spencer has been an attorney for 16 years with experience in family and business law. Chad has helped hundreds of families with issues ranging from Prenuptial Agreements to divorces (including same-sex couples), and from child custody and visitation matters to modifications of child support, as well as work on guardianships and Peace and Protective Orders. He has been appointed by the Court to represent children in highly contested custody matters. Chad's business law clients include consultancies, specialty trades, Information Technology, real estate, housing, retail, medical and psychological services, alcoholic beverages, and philanthropic services.
Thomas B. Stahl has been a family and estate law attorney for over 12 years. He is a highly recognized attorney who has worked on many complex and high conflict divorce cases. Having served as the President of the Howard County Bar Association (2015-2016), the Governor of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Board of Directors (2016-2018), and has served as one of the MSBA’s delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2018-2019), Tom is a highly respected and recognized attorney in the state of Maryland. He has completed the Advanced Program at the 2012 Institute for Family Law Associates sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.