In the months and weeks leading up to a couple’s wedding, their thoughts are focused on making sure everything is perfect for their special day, and their hearts are full of joy about living happily ever after. But you know that happily ever after doesn’t always happen, and so too do couples preparing for their lives together. That is why many Iowa couples plan for the possibility that their marriage will end by preparing a prenuptial agreement before their marriage begins. While perhaps not the most romantic concept, a properly designed “prenup” can provide clarity and reduce disputes if and when divorce becomes a reality.
At Simpson Legal Group, LLC in Council Bluffs, we assist with the preparation, drafting, and enforcement of comprehensive and personally-tailored prenuptial agreements. We also help divorcing spouses challenge the enforceability or validity of legally questionable prenups.
Prenuptial agreements are contracts. They are agreements that address the ownership and division of property in the event that the marriage ends and may also involve the disposition of life insurance and pension benefits, and other issues. Historically, prenups have been associated with couples in which one spouse has significantly more assets than the other, but the certainty they bring to the end of a marriage can have value for couples regardless of their respective income levels.
As with most contracts in Iowa, the legal requirements and enforceability of prenuptial agreements are governed by state law. Like most other states, Iowa has adopted a version of the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act. That law establishes certain requirements for such agreements to be valid, and also sets forth reasons why a prenuptial agreement may ultimately be deemed unenforceable, such as fraud, duress, lack of complete and accurate disclosures as to one party’s finances, or unconscionability. It also makes clear that the spouses cannot make agreements that would be against public policy or include provisions that would reduce their obligations as to child support or custody beyond what is required by Iowa law.
Whether you are interested in preparing a prenup, are being asked to sign one, or are disputing the enforceability of an agreement that you signed years ago, we can help. With over two decades of experience practicing family law exclusively, Simpson Legal Group, LLC understands what makes a legally binding prenuptial agreement – and how to challenge a bad one.
We approach issues involving prenuptial agreements like we approach all aspects of divorce and family law. We work closely with each client to get a full picture of their situation and a complete understanding of their issues and goals. By developing a real appreciation for our clients’ concerns, we can craft prenuptial agreements that protect their rights and can challenge those that are manifestly unjust.
Simpson Legal Group, LLC: Council Bluffs Prenuptial Agreement Lawyer
If you have questions about prenuptial agreements, or need assistance with issues involving a prenup, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you to see how we can help. Please call Simpson Legal Group, LLC, at (712) 256-9899 to arrange for a consultation.