Prenuptial agreements, also known as antenuptial agreements, help engaged couples establish what assets should be protected from interference by the family court in the event of a separation or divorce. These agreements also let couples determine how their assets will be handled. If you divorce or separate without a prenuptial agreement, you will be subject to South Carolina law regarding these issues, making an already difficult situation even more stressful.
For more than 20 years, Barker Family Law has been helping South Carolina couples reach solid prenuptial agreements that stand up in court. In addition to our firm’s legal education and experience, Douglas A. Barker holds a Master’s in Business Administration and understands the complex tax and financial issues that must be dealt with in drafting sound agreements.
You may think it is difficult to discuss a prenuptial agreement early in a relationship, but conversations held now can save a financial headache down the road. A prenup can even foster open communication about finances throughout your marriage, making it stronger and avoiding some of the disagreements over money that can strain a relationship. An agreement may be right for you and your spouse if either of you:
Our attorneys have helped couples avoid future disagreements over many household finance issues with clear direction from a prenuptial agreement. We make certain that both spouses are fully aware of the agreement’s contents and the significance of signing it. We also provide wise counsel for clients whose partners are pressuring them to sign a prenup before they are ready to.
Safeguarding your existing wealth in the event of a divorce is a priority for many individuals as they prepare for marriage. Some benefits of a prenuptial agreement include:
While a prenuptial agreement can do many things, it cannot dictate child support or child custody matters. This authority remains with the family court after it determines what is in the child’s best interests. But these agreements are still an important step for couples to take to protect their assets and financial freedom.