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Chapel Hill, NC Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers

If your big day is approaching and you haven’t created a prenuptial agreement, there is no greater time than the present. We understand you likely have your plate full of other last minute tasks in preparation for your wedding, but if there is one thing we can check off your to-do list for you, it’s establishing a comprehensive prenup.

You intend to spend forever with your partner, but life isn’t entirely in your control, and some situations may arise where you need a plan. A prenup doesn’t mean that you don’t trust and love your partner. It can simply serve as a safety net IF anything like divorce or a death were to ever occur.

Call Triangle Smart Divorce today to request a consultation and discover your options. Our Chapel Hill prenuptial agreement lawyers can explain your next steps!

Understanding Prenuptial Agreements: What You Need To Know

A prenuptial agreement, also known as a premarital agreement or prenup, is a legal contract that is created before you say “I do.” In this contract, you and your future spouse agree on how you’d like your assets to be managed and distributed if divorce occurs or if one of you passes away.

It’s important to note that if you don’t create your own prenup, you essentially agree to the state’s “prenup” when you sign your marriage certificate. This means that you’ll have to follow state laws if your marriage doesn’t work out, which might not align with your preferences or what you deem as fair.

There are also restrictions for what can and cannot be included in your prenuptial agreement. According to North Carolina law, you can include ownership of assets, responsibility for debts, alimony or spousal support agreements or waivers, property distribution upon death or divorce, protections for any businesses owned, and mediation and arbitration clauses to keep you out of court in the event of a separation. You cannot include child custody arrangements, child support details, and daily spousal duties.

What Are The Benefits Of A Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement can offer you

  • Protection for your individual assets or small business,
  • Protection from your spouse’s debts, like student loans, credit card debt, etc.,
  • The opportunity to express clear financial expectations,
  • A way to establish alimony/spousal support,
  • Protection for any inheritance,
  • And more!

Let Our Chapel Hill Prenuptial Agreement Lawyers Help You Gain Peace Of Mind

At Triangle Smart Divorce, we understand that prenups have a social stigma around them that might be preventing you from creating one. While they might be deemed as unromantic or something that sets your marriage up for failure, they can actually be what saves your marriage. Creating the document gives you and your future spouse the opportunity to discuss the financial aspects of marriage openly and honestly. This can lead to less conflict down the line. While the process might seem intimidating, our experienced Chapel Hill prenuptial agreement lawyers can guide you through every step.

We will take the time to understand your goals and priorities in creating a prenup, explain your options, and help you set the terms in a way that will hold up in court if that day ever comes. Allow our team of experienced Chapel Hill prenuptial agreement lawyers to protect your interests in a way that the state might not. We know you have a lot going on, but we can make creating a prenuptial agreement as stress-free as possible. Call Triangle Smart Divorce today to request a consultation, get answers to your questions, and take the next step. 

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IS IT WORTH IT TO GET A DIVORCE LAWYER?

A divorce lawyer may seem like an extra expense if both parties agree on the big decisions, but the details of a divorce can be complex and hard to navigate without an expert, and getting the agreement properly written ensures that everyone has the security and clarity they need to move forward with their lives. It’s better to do it right the first time than have to keep going back and fixing mistakes. And, in some cases, you may not be able to fix your mistakes.

WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK A DIVORCE LAWYER?

You should ask a potential divorce lawyer about their prior experience with cases like yours, their approach to negotiations when couples reach a disagreement, and their personal success rate in arriving at a resolution through negotiation and/or mediation.

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