Understanding pre-nuptial and post-nuptial contract law in Pennsylvania

It can be tough for couples to go through a divorce. Jack A. Rounick is a divorce lawyer in the Southeastern, PA area who deals with divorce settlements and the contract law associated with it every day. In addition to helping individuals with concerns such as child custody, distribution of marital property, and abuse, he also can help marrying couples with contracts such as pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements are contracts set forth to help in protecting the personal assets one brings into a marriage. Pre-nuptial agreements are written and signed before the marriage takes place, while post-nuptial agreements happen afterwards. These agreements lay out what one spouse is entitled to should the marriage end in divorce. It is the best way for individuals to protect what they bring into the marriage and come to an agreement before a divorce happens to make distribution of assets easier and less time consuming.

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements can help in many instances. They are not only used in marriages where one spouse makes more money or has more expensive assets than the other. In addition, these can be used to help protect money brought into the marriage or even family heirlooms.

When individuals are considering pre- and post-nuptial agreements, they will want to bring several things to their first appointment to help in developing an appropriate contract. These may include lists of:

  • Personal belongings brought into the marriage
  • Intellectual property that may bring income later in the marriage
  • Financial assets including bank accounts, bonds, stocks, and annuities
  • Special family heirlooms, including those that may be received as wedding presents
  • Items purchased with personal funds and finances

(Note: in situations where couples are developing post-nuptial agreements, items obtained after the marriage—including wedding gifts—should also be divided appropriately.)

At the Law Offices of Jack A. Rounick, we believe many couples can benefit from contract agreements. We work to make sure everyone is appropriately represented in their pre- and post-nuptial agreements and we make certain that their paperwork is filed correctly so it can be upheld by the law in the event of a divorce.